Kawasaki Z7

ConExpo 2014 will provide visitors with a first glimpse of Kawasaki’s new 70Z7 wheel loader.

Like all the new Z7 wheel loaders, the 70Z7 has retained the IntelliTech functions such as the patented IntelliDig system, balancing rim pull force and hydraulic digging force to match conditions, the QuickCycle function, and the FlexShift feature, which matches shift points to the actual working conditions. But unlike its larger-sized classmates, the 70’s intelligence works behind the scenes, so many of its operations perform without human intervention. The 70 is also incredibly easy to run. Its high-intensity LCD monitor, straightforward dash arrangement, and intuitive systems make it ideal for rental purposes as well as operations where operator skills run the spectrum.

The 70Z7 sports a 173 hp (gross) Cummins engine, a ZF five-speed transmission, work mode selector, 50-degree bucket tilt-back angle for carrying, and a full turn tipping load of a whopping 22,800 pounds. A Quick Power switch kicks in enough extra power to muscle through momentary tough spots, or in very challenging environments the Power Mode can be selected, although field tests show it isn’t required for even the most demanding applications.

In the cab, there’s improved visibility especially to the rear, ample air conditioning and heat, and lots of storage. Pressurisation reduces dust infiltration; tilt telescoping steering, bolt-on adjustable side console, air suspension seat, and AM/FM/CD/WB radio with AUX input means anyone can feel right at home. The multifunction single-control lever simplifies tasks. The direct acting Orbitrol Steering responds quickly and accurately, minimizing operator effort. Combine that with the optional ride control and operators won’t leave the job site physically drained.

The change to T4i also means the 70 has NO diesel particulate filter (DPF). Adapted EGR technology reduces NOX and particulate matter. The automatic reversible cooling fan, along with the diesel fuel cooler, takes the worry out of heat and dust build-up as well.

Gull-wing doors provide easy access to the engine. Rear operational lights are safely tucked into the bumper/counterweight. The hydraulic oil-change service interval is extended up to 4,000 hours when KCM SuperEX46 fluid is used. The engine-oil service interval is extended to 500 hours with the use of low-ash CJ-4 oil.

A video of the new Kawasaki wheel loaders can be viewed here.