Kawasaki Flagship Reaches for More Productivity

By Larry Stewart, Executive Editor | September 28, 2010


Kawasaki says the 60ZV's lift arms are 60 percent stronger, to deal with greater breakout forces and a 2.2-cubic-yard bucket.


The emissions-compliant Isuzu 6BG1 diesel powering Kawasaki's new 60ZV stepped up 9 percent to 119 horsepower compared to the engine in the 60ZIV-2. The 60ZV's breakout force increased more than 12 percent, and Kawasaki claims the lift-arm structures are 60 percent stronger to resist twisting. Optional high-lift arms are available.

Capacity of the standard bucket has increased from 2.1 to 2.2 cubic yards (about 5 percent), and the 60ZV can accept any bucket or attachment that fit on the 60ZIV-2. The new machine is rated to handle buckets with heaped capacities from 2.1 to 2.5 cubic yards.

The transmission has been updated to an automatic, three-speed powershift. A downshift button on the shift lever speeds cycle times.

The 60ZV cab has an updated telescoping and tilting steering wheel, and an air-ride seat comes standard. The single-joystick hydraulic control is now pilot-assisted, and placement has been modified to include an adjustable wrist rest. Dual-joystick controls are optional. Air conditioning is optional as well.

Kawasaki made the hydraulic-oil cooler standard equipment to reduce oil temperature and improve the reliability of the gear-pump hydraulic system. The V Series cooling system features a plate-fin-type radiator with access panels on each side of the cowl that make it easier to clean between the cooler cores. A panel below the radiator can be opened to remove debris. Remote-mounted oil drains and grease fittings are grouped to simplify maintenance.

Only one model in the 10-model Kawasaki wheel-loader line, the 50Z, is smaller than the 60ZV. Construction Equipment estimates the 60ZV's suggested retail price will be $132,000. 

Specifications: 2-Cubic-Yard Wheel Loaders
Model Weight (lbs.) Bucket (cu.yd.) Breakout (lbs.) Hp
Source: Manufacturers' specifications
Kawasaki isn't the biggest machine on this list of 2-cubic-yard competitors, but only the JCB and Dressta machines produce more breakout force per pound of operating weight. Specifications are given for comparison only and are subject to change. For specs on all the wheel loaders in the 100- to 200-hp category, click on the Buying File tab at ConstructionEquipment.com.
Hyundai HL730-7 21,400 1.8 21,140 119
John Deere 344H 16,976 2.0 16,629 98
Coyote C28 17,086 2.0 15,566 101
Komatsu WA150-5 17,295 2.0 16,314 96
Terex SKL863 18,853 2.0 15,064 100
Volvo L50D 19,050 2.0 13,770 101
Link-Belt L120 20,507 2.0 19,108 106
Dressta 515EH 20,767 2.0 21,615 120
Daewoo Mega 160 18,960 2.1 17,290 104
Terex TXL 160-1 18,960 2.1 17,290 104
TCM E835 19,350 2.1 18,740 108
JCB 416 HT 19,961 2.1 20,749 108
Kawasaki 60ZV 19,910 2.2 19,800 119
Dressta 515E 19,445 2.25 20,027 120
Case 521D 21,687 2.25 19,392 110
New Holland LW110.B 22,567 2.25 19,388 110
Caterpillar 924G 22,769 2.3 21,930 129