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Wed November 07, 2012 - National Edition
Kawasaki unveiled its all-new 95Z7 wheel loader, a machine that has been completely redesigned to meet all EPA Tier IVi emission standards as well as to improve operating efficiency and productivity. At 388 net hp (289 kW) and equipped with a 7.3 cu. yd. (5.6 cu m) general purpose bucket, this production class loader is a pace setter in the industry.
The 95Z7 was introduced at a two-day event in Pine Mountain, Ga., on Oct. 29 and 30.
The most obvious change to the 95Z7 is its overall appearance. These styling changes are functional as well as aesthetic. The hood design improves rear visibility and serviceability.
The powertrain for the 95Z7 provides power and durability. The reliable and fuel efficient Isuzu 6WG1 diesel meets all Tier IVi emission standards with the use of cooled exhaust gas recirculation and diesel particulate filter or exhaust filter systems. The 16-L engine is the largest in its class.
The big planetary automatic-shift transmission has automotive-style smooth shifting from pulse width modulation in the control valve. This transmission also has standard lock-up torque converter to improve fuel economy and performance. Plus the 95Z7 has standard traction control and torque proportioning differentials to reduce wheel spin and extend tire life.
The service brakes are mid-mounted for high capacity and cool operation and the final drives are outboard mounted for easy access.
The totally redesigned hydraulic system uses reliable, high-performance Kawasaki variable displacement piston pumps that improve fuel efficiency. The operator station is roomy and provides excellent visibility, controllability and comfort to optimize productivity.
Diagnostic systems have been improved to allow for more detailed data access to troubleshoot issues quickly and accurately. Serviceability is improved with easy access to the engine, cooling system cores and filters. Oil change intervals have been increased for the engine and hydraulic systems to reduce overall operating costs. Cooling fan efficiency is improved with aerodynamic designs to improve air flow and cooling efficiency.
Not only did the Kawasaki 95Z7 introduce many new features, but it also retained several of the heavy-duty structural features that it has become famous for. Things like dual Z-linkage, box section frames, base-mounted boom cylinders and heavy- duty center pin designs make the 95Z7 the strongest machine in its class, according to the manufacturer.