Hitachi Zaxis Dash-5 Excavators Debut

May 2011, Vol. 66 No. 5

A new line of Hitachi Dash-5 Excavators will roll out this year – the ZX250LC-5, ZX290LC-5 and ZX350LC-5 will be the first to arrive at dealers.

The ZX470LC-5, ZX670LC-5 and ZX850LC-5 will launch later this summer. Thanks to optimized hydraulics, the excavators have improved arm digging force, bucket digging force, lift capacity, swing speed, swing torque, hydraulic flow, engine horsepower and drawbar pull (varies by model).

The roomier cab has more side-to-side foot room and a larger door with more glass for better visibility to the side. The new, more comfortable high-back seat is available as a heated, air-suspension version. The new multifunction monitor provides enhanced diagnostic features and integrates the radio and HVAC controls in one place. For models equipped with a rearview camera, its image is also displayed on the monitor.

On the ZX250–ZX350 models, the rear hood is low for better visibility to the rear, and there is a new mirror on the counterweight. There is also an updated light package with two cab lights and one additional boom light (depending on the model). A hydraulically driven reversible fan for cleaning debris from the radiator screen comes standard on the ZX470 and higher models.

The ZX250–ZX350 Dash-5s have an extended frame housing the updated cooling components and Interim Tier 4 engine. On the ZX290 and ZX350, undercarriages have been updated with roller improvements.

Features that have been retained from the Dash-3 Series include the boom, arm and track options, and the hydraulics and electrical components. The short-throw low-effort pilot controls are still a dream to operate. www.hitachiconstruction.com.