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HCME’s new customer-led loader

First publishedin Aggregates Business Europe
March April 2013
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HCME ZW250-5 wheeled loader
HCME says its new ZW250-5 wheeled loader is the result of customer feedback
Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) (HCME) says its new ZW250-5 wheeled loader is the result of feedback from European customers.

The model’s cab is said to be more spacious than models from the previous range, because the heated air suspension seat can slide further back, providing more leg room. The tilting telescopic pop-up steering column has also been repositioned to create additional space.

An air conditioning system has been installed that regulates the temperature inside the cab, and an optional filter is available for industrial waste job sites. Sound insulation reduces noise levels from the local environment.

While the ZW250-5 wheeled loader complies with EU regulations on emissions standards, HCME said it does not compromise on productivity. It has an 181kW 7.8litre six-cylinder watercooled turbo engine, and what HCME describes as impressive travel speeds and excellent fuel consumption.

The new 20.25-20.7tonne operating weight wheeled loader is also said to be easier to manoeuvre than the previous model. This is also said to result in higher levels of productivity.

The ZW250-5 has two simple work modes that provide an appropriate level of performance for a particular task. In Standard mode, the engine speed is controlled, which allows for smooth and efficient acceleration during loading, regular operations and travelling on level terrain. Fuel consumption is claimed to be reduced by up to 10%, enhancing its environmentally friendly performance.

A new clutch cut-off system allows for smooth operation when it is loading. Furthermore, the ZW250-5 has a quick power switch, an example of its advanced technology, which boosts the power when required by changing work modes. To enhance safety on the job site the ZW250-5, which has a 2.8-3.8m³ bucket capacity and 157kN breakout force, offers greater visibility from the operator’s seat than previous models thanks to a pillar-less windshield and large sun visor.

The counterweight is also now visible from both sides of the machine.
The shift-up delay to third gear makes the wheeled loader safer to operate in confined spaces, because it can perform excavating and unloading tasks more safely in first and second gear.

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