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Kawasaki Showcases 115Z7 Wheel Loader

The 115Z7 is completely redesigned to meet all EPA Tier IVi emission standards as well as to improve operating efficiency and productivity.

Tue January 14, 2014 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

KCMA Corporation, the marketer of Kawasaki wheel loaders in North America, will showcase an interactive cab of the 115Z7 wheel loader. It will be wired to be interactive, complete with controls, readouts, computers. etc. so attendees will be able to climb into the cab and experience all of the new technology built into this model.

The 115Z7 is completely redesigned to meet all EPA Tier IVi emission standards as well as to improve operating efficiency and productivity. It features 531 net hp (396 kW) and is equipped with an 8.3 cu. yd. (6.3 cu m) general purpose bucket. It 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 smart “IntelliTech” system optimizes performance, according to the manufacturer.

Powerful and Strong

The 115Z7 wheel loader is a great choice 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 the heaviest in this class. Dual Z Linkage provides great breakout force and excellent 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

But all that power and strength doesn’t mean big fuel bills, as the 115Z7 has great fuel economy. Many 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 result is lower operator fatigue and higher productivity.

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.

Simplified Maintenance

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 4000 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.

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