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Gehl Adds 383Z Zero Tail-Swing Excavator to Lineup

Wed September 27, 2006 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The new Gehl 383Z excavator features zero-tail-swing maneuverability that allows the machine’s superstructure to rotate entirely within the tracks.

The 383Z excavator can operate close to walls and obstructions without risk of contact. Its small size, weighing 7,826 lbs. (3,550 kg) with a canopy and 8,002 lbs. (3,630 kg) with a cab, and maneuverability help it operate on congested sites without obstructing traffic.

The size of the operator’s compartment is maximized by mounting the 29 hp (21 kW) Yanmar diesel engine on the side of the machine, and the hydraulic and fuel tanks on the rear of the machine. This provides the operator with more space and legroom.

The operator’s compartment has a fully adjustable suspension seat and armrests, allowing the seat to conform to the needs of the operator to reduce operator fatigue. The controls and instruments are ergonomically located for ease of use.

The canopy and cab meet or exceed all ROPS, FOPS and TOPS requirements for increased safety.

Cabs come standard with air-conditioning, heater/defroster, interior light, windshield wiper, windshield washer system and the ability to open the cab windows for natural ventilation.

The cab easily tilts to the side for quick access to service points for hydraulics, rotary transmission, control block and the air-conditioning unit.

One large, lockable engine hood opens to allow access to hydraulic system test ports, hydraulic pumps and all engine components

The 383Z excavator’s long undercarriage provides more stability, allowing it to perform like a conventional-tail-swing machine under heavy digging conditions.

The Auto-2-Speed drive motor load sensing system automatically shifts between low and high range to improve cycle times, thereby reducing operator input.

All pivot points on the bucket, dipper arm, boom and swing brackets use spiral-grease groove bushings. Not only are they easily replaceable, they guide the grease all the way around the pivot pins extending service life.

The 383Z excavator is able to work with a wide array of attachments: thumbs, hydraulic hammers, earth augers, grapple buckets, trench fillers and more.

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