Hitachi preps wheel loaders for demolition


Hitachi is preparing two of its wheel loaders for the European demolition and waste handling industries by enhancing the safety and durability features on the vehicles.

Aware of the needs of customers on the continent, the European arm of the construction machinery firm is introducing a package of updates for its ZW180-6 and ZW220-6 machines to increase the advantages that they can offer in specific applications.

The additions provide extra protection for the operator and for key components on the medium-size wheel loaders.

These include the fitting of durable guards for the headlights and tail-lights, seal guards to prevent material getting stuck around the wheel axles, and steel spiral hose guards over the hydraulic hoses of the boom and lift arm cylinder.

Removing dust
A dust protection screen with fine mesh and automatic reversible cooling fan prevent the radiator from clogging, with the rotation of the fan changing every 30 minutes automatically or manually – depending on operator requirements.

To further eliminate dust and dirt, the vehicles now include an engine pre-cleaner with the onboard EU Stage IV-compliant engine not requiring a diesel particulate filter – reducing maintenance costs as a result.

As well as waste handling and demolition, Hitachi expects the new features to also provide benefits in forestry applications.

Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV wheel loader product manager Vasilis Drougkas said, “We have introduced this package for the ZW180-6 and ZW220-6 models to meet the specific needs of any application in which there is a high risk of falling debris. It enhances the durability of the standard models for dusty environments and prevents damage to components. As a result, it ensures a reliable performance, reduced downtime and lower maintenance costs.”

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