Gehl Z45 GEN:2 Compact Excavator Increases Productivity

Mon February 10, 2014 - National Edition

The Gehl Z45 GEN:2 compact excavator incorporates features that enhance productivity, operator comfort, efficiency and cost savings on the job site.
The Gehl Z45 GEN:2 compact excavator incorporates features that enhance productivity, operator comfort, efficiency and cost savings on the job site.

The Gehl Z45 GEN:2 compact excavator incorporates features that enhance productivity, operator comfort, efficiency and cost savings on the job site. The Z45 GEN:2 compact excavator includes many upgrades from the previous Z45 model.

The new Z45 GEN:2 is equipped with a 37.7 hp (28.1 kW) electronically-controlled Yanmar Tier IV emissions-certified diesel engine, which provides up to 20 percent less fuel consumption than the previous Z45 model and features an electronic throttle for precise control. Two other important cost saving features include ECO mode and auto deceleration. When activated by the flip of a switch inside the cab, ECO mode will reduce the engine speed by 10 percent without sacrificing power. Utilizing ECO mode will save fuel when full speed is not necessary. Auto deceleration mode improves fuel economy, lowers noise levels and reduces emissions by decreasing the engine speed to idle after four seconds without hydraulic movement.

Multiple improvements also have been made to the operator’s compartment to enhance productivity and controllability. To address productivity, the controls on the Z45 GEN:2 have been improved to include a proportional auxiliary hydraulic rocker switch which vastly enhances attachment options. This allows the operator to adjust the hydraulic flow for optimal attachment performance. The operator can easily select standard ISO or an optional backhoe control pattern with a turn of a mechanical lever. An integrated digital display located in a highly-visible area features recordable maintenance history with adjustable time intervals and reminders. The display unit also records hours used for the past 90 days and can be monitored without starting the engine.

The operator’s compartment has been enlarged and redesigned to add to operator comfort. A 4-way adjustable seat offers custom height, weight and backrest positions with a retractable belt. An optional cab enclosure, with heat or heat/air-conditioning systems, provides comfort and protection in extreme weather conditions. An adjustable suspension seat and arm rests provide personalized comfort.

Serviceability on the Z45 GEN:2 has been enhanced over the previous model, according to the manufacturer. Tool-free access is made possible by large swing-out doors on the back and right-hand side of the machine. These compartments reveal the entire engine and daily maintenance points; radiator, oil cooler, battery and fuses. Remove the cab floor panels, kick plates and tip the seat back to reveal the starter, alternator, fuses, control module and control valve. A left-side front panel reveals the control pattern selector and the left-side rear panel is a handy lockable toolbox for operator necessities. On units equipped with an enclosed cab and air-conditioning, the A/C components are easily accessible via a tool-free access door on the upper-rear part of the machine.

Features that carry over from the previous model include the Power-a-Tach hydraulic quick coupler, which allows attachment changes by the flip of a switch inside the cab. The operator leaves the seat only to engage and disengage the safety pin. Other important performance features include a high-strength boom with sliding cylinder guards that protect the rods from damage and the high-performance hydraulic system with two variable and two gear pumps for simultaneous operation without loss of power. A factory-installed hydraulic thumb attachment option further enhances versatility and job site adaptability.

“The market demand is higher than ever for an innovative, powerful excavator with low operating costs,” said Nathan Ryan, product manager of Gehl compact excavators. “The new Gehl Z45 GEN:2 compact excavator meets and exceeds these demands by incorporating a Tier IV emissions certified engine and power conserving features that result in up to a 20 percent fuel savings over the previous Z45 model. Add in the new state-of-the-art features — proportional auxiliary hydraulic controls, digital display, oversized re-designed cab and serviceability improvements — and owners will find the new Gehl Z45 GEN:2 compact excavator the ideal machine for maximum performance.”

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