Hitachi Compact Excavator Has Adjustable Undercarriage

Fri February 09, 2007 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Two of the improvements to the new Zaxis 17U-2 compact excavator (upgrade of the Hitachi EX17U) are its adjustable-width tracks and its backfill blade with foldable end sections. Using both features reduces the overall width to 40 in. (101 cm). When fully extended to more than 50 in. (127 cm), the undercarriage provides stability for operations.

Despite the small size of the ZX17U-2, the controls are sensitive, the operator area is comfortable and multifunction operations mean the operator can easily execute simultaneous operations such as swinging and traveling.

In addition to the adjustable width feature, the reduced tail-swing ZX17U-2 also boasts improved performance specs, rugged construction, more operator comfort, long service intervals, fuel economy and simple maintenance, according to the manufacturer.

More Productive

Stable, nimble, and powerful, the ZX17U-2 has faster operating speeds, additional weight, increased hydraulic flow, and more powerful digging forces. Travel speeds also have been increased. The new long-arm/heavy counterweight option provides an additional 8 in. (20 cm) of depth and reach.

A standard ROPS/FOPS 3-pillar canopy provides an opening for easy entry and exit and virtually unobstructed visibility. Pilot controls have been repositioned on the left- and right-hand side of the operator. The new pilot levers are spaced far enough apart for the largest operator and feature wrist rests for added comfort. A factory-installed suspension seat is available.

More Durable

The ZX17U-2 features, a redesigned X-frame undercarriage with sloped X-beams and track frames that shed dirt easily to aid cleanout. The larger diameter drive sprocket and track idler increase durability and reduce the likelihood of a thrown track.

It also features a cylinder guard that has been reinforced to improve strength and prevent cylinder damage.

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