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Fri August 16, 2013 - National Edition
KCMA Corporation, the marketer of Kawasaki wheel loaders in North America, introduced its 115Z7 wheel loader. The machine is completely redesigned to meet all EPA Tier IVi emission standards as well as to improve operating efficiency and productivity, according to the manufacturer.
At 531 net hp (396 kW) and equipped with an 8.3 cu. yd. (6.3 cu m) general purpose bucket, the 115Z7 is engineered for demanding applications and environments found in quarry and shotrock, coil handling, hot slag, steel mills and asphalt plants. Its 16-L Tier IVi Isuzu engine and “IntelliTech” system optimizes performance.
Powerful and Strong
The 115Z7 wheel loader is practical for high-volume loadout requirements or heavy-duty shot-rock loading. Its big engine, massive drivetrain and powerful hydraulics mean its 8.3-cu.-yd. rock bucket can load 12.5 tons (11.3 t) in a pass.
The full box-section rear chassis is super strong, and the center-pin area is one of the heaviest in this class. Dual Z Linkage provides greater enhanced force and visibility to the bucket. It also spreads out the load on the torque tube to reduce stress.
And when a new 115Z7 arrives on site, it’s ready to get down and dirty — it comes standard with full fenders, mud flaps, and traction control.
Efficient and Smart
Features like the power modes, efficient acceleration, IntelliDig, lock-up clutch, auto idle shutdown and load-sensing open-center hydraulics make the 115Z7 outstanding in fuel economy and overall energy efficiency, according to the manufacturer.
The Joy of Operation
The 115Z7 is one of only two wheel loaders in this size class that offer standard joystick steering. The hydraulic-over-hydraulic steering handles the machine well at any speed and the pilot-assisted hydraulic controls give the operator fingertip control.
The standard rearview camera provides an extra dimension of safety for this big loader and supplements the standard exterior mirrors. The operator can make the 115Z7 fit his specific application through the LCD multi-function monitor in the dash — power levels, kickouts, declutch function and more — for maximum production. The standard traction control limits wheel spin, and the standard AutoBrake protects the transmission from over-speeding and improper shifting.
Angled ladders and wide-access engine compartment doors help simplify service. The cooling fan is easy to get to as is the battery box. Lube points are grouped and fluid check points and fueling are at ground level.
Hydraulic oil change intervals are now 4,000 hours when using non-zinc hydraulic fluid. Engine oil changes are 500 hours with CJ4 oil, and the loader linkage pins use an HN bushing that is oil-impregnated to allow for longer periods between lubrication. These pins can go as long as 500 hours between greasing in most applications. And standard telematics provide the customer, dealer, and Kawasaki with current operating status and alerts to improve support and reduce costs.
For more information, visit www.kawasakiloaders.com/115Z7.