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KCMA Introduces the 95Z7 and 115Z7 XTreme Wheel Loaders

Primary applications for these two new models are Coil Handling, Block Handling, Logging, Load & Carry, and Bonus Bucket applications.

Mon March 16, 2015 - National Edition

KCMA Corporation, manufacturers of Kawasaki-KCM Wheel Loaders introduces the 95Z7XTreme and 115Z7XTreme wheel loaders in response to customer demand.

Primary applications for these two new models are Coil Handling, Block Handling, Logging, Load & Carry, and Bonus Bucket applications. However, selection of the 2-pass configuration is dependent upon the site production demand. It’s not just about the bucket, the truck sizes, or the material density. All of these factor in to the decision.

Kawasaki has been a leader in wheel loader engineering and manufacturing in North America since 1962. In the past two years there has been a demand for the “short boom”, “load and carry”, or “2-Pass”configuration loader. KCM designed these loaders in conjunction with the Tier 4i loaders introduced in 2013.

After testing extensively in the North America market to rave reviews, the loaders are now in mass production. Both the 95Z7XT and the 115Z7XT were tested in various applications and environments, including high altitude, and dessert heat. The results exceeded expectations, especially in fuel economy and breakout force. But the biggest surprise was the bucket heaping ability. The 95Z7XT 9.0 cu yd bucket weighed in at 15+ tons in Sand, and 13+ tons in Gravel. As is common on production sites, the loader was handling more than one material throughout the day. There was a noticeable increase in production and loud out, and a noticeable savings in fuel. Although the two models have many of the features in common with the standard 95Z7 and 115Z7, several features have been reconfigured for the demanding applications required of these loaders.

While mostly working in the quarry and mining applications, there are a few high volume applications that require this configuration. The 95Z7XT bucket size increased from 7.3 cu yd to 9.0 cu yd. and is also available in a 9.8 cu yd configuration. The 115Z7XT bucket size increased from 8.3 cu yd to 9.15 cu yd.

Additional Features

Many components of these loaders have been enhanced and reinforced to handle the demand of the weight of a larger bucket and to provide additional breakout force. The boom arms are shorter, thicker and stronger to keep the center of gravity closer to the base and not stress the front end hydraulics and components. The bucket hydraulic cylinder bore is larger. The chassis has been reinforced to handle the additional torque and weight load, and counterweight increased. These enhancements have also increased the breakout force by over 26% in the 95Z7XT, according to the manufacturer. While the increased breakout force in the 115Z7XT over the standard model is 6%.

The 95Z7XT tipping load is 10 percent greater than the standard 95Z7, and the 115Z7XT is 15% greater than the standard 115Z7.

The operator will appreciate all of the safety and comfort features from the Z7 loader line carried over into these machines, such as the deluxe, ergonomic air suspension seat with heated cushions, standard rear back-up camera, high visibility front dash design, adjustable side console, and the entire IntelliTech operating system.

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