Hitachi ZX26U-5N Excavator

May 24, 2022

Model ZX26U-5N compact Hitachi excavator has an operating weight of 5,560 pounds, maximum dig depth of 8 feet 6 inches, and maximum reach of 15 feet 2 inches. The 20-horsepower, reduced-tail-swing excavator is 4 feet 11 inches wide.

Full hydraulic pilot controls for the bucket/thumb and other attachments, boom, swing, travel and blade maximize controllability. Control patterns can be quickly switched from backhoe- to excavator-style controls with a control-pattern selector located in a compartment beneath the seat.

A one-way/two-way selector valve accommodates breaker and grapple attachments with extra plumbing installed on the stick. An auxiliary function lever (AFL) is available with an analog switch, trigger switch, and horn for running attachments such as a breaker or an attachment with swing. A V-shaped boom cylinder guard and hose protector ensure durability in any application.

The Hitachi ZX26U-5N comes with either a four-pillar canopy or a cab. The operator station has a wide entryway, and a seat with suspension and adjustable armrest.

Oil-impregnated HN bushings are used on the boom, arm, and bucket joints. The boom end bracket has been reinforced and there is improved abrasion resistance for the joint between the arm and boom to reduce backlash. Hydraulic hoses on the boom have also been relocated to reduce the chance of damage.

The ZX26U-5N provides ground-level access to daily maintenance points. They are grouped behind easy-access covers and a large engine cover slides open vertically for access when the machine is working in a confined area.

Hitachi ZX26U-5N Specs

  • Operating weight: 5,560 lb.
  • Max dig depth: 8 ft. 6 in.
  • Max reach: 15 ft. 2 in.
  • Power: 20 hp