Hitachi ZW180-7, ZW180PL-7 wheel loaders

March 22, 2023
New loaders include parallel lift model

The 3.5-cubic-yard Hitachi ZW180-7 and ZW180PL-7 wheel loaders feature 33,047-pound operating weights.

The ZW180-7 offers either standard or high-lift front arms and the ZW180PL-7 offers a parallel link arm configuration to keep forks and tools parallel with the ground as the loader arms move up or down. The parallel link arm configuration also allows much greater visibility when using forks and other attachments.

Both models are powered by a 173-horsepower Cummins engine.

Approach speed control allows the travel speed to be adjusted with fewer pedal operations during loading. This reduces operator fatigue and fuel consumption. Travel speed is controlled through the five-speed transmission during short loading operations. Limited-slip differentials also ensure traction in demanding applications.

The auto power up function increases hill climbing performance. It identifies slopes and adds power to prevent the engine speed from dropping when traveling uphill.

New for the ZW180-7, a payload weighing system uploads information reporting productivity to the ConSite telematic system. Operators can check the weight of the load in the bucket from the inside cab monitor and log the material loaded. It offers four modes—tip-off to truck, tip-off to pile, auto-add, and manual-add. These modes allow the payload weighing system to manage loads according to their application. In addition, the unit is equipped with a warning function that reacts when the bucket is overloaded, improving safety during operation.