To answer the needs of it European customers, Hitachi has introduced a waste handling package for its versatile ZW180-6 and ZW220-6 wheel loaders. This comprises a range of additional features that provide extra protection for the operator and key components, enhancing the safety and durability of the machine, and reducing unscheduled downtime and maintenance costs. In addition to waste handling, the new package is advantageous for demolition and forestry applications.

For added protection from falling debris, the medium wheel loaders are fitted with durable guards for headlights and taillights. Seal guards for the wheels prevent material from wrapping around the axles. Steel spiral hose guards protect the hydraulic hoses of the boom and lift arm cylinder.

A lift arm cylinder protector prevents damage from the lift arm cylinders, hoses and tubes, when material is trapped between the cylinders and the front frame. An articulation area guard protects critical components, such as the transmission and parking break, from damage due to fallen debris.

To enhance the reliable performance of the machine in waste handling and dusty environments, a dust protection screen with fine mesh and automatic reversible cooling fan prevent the radiator from clogging. The rotation of the fan changes every 30 minutes automatically – and a manual option is also available for flexibility.

The waste handling package includes an engine pre-cleaner to eliminate dust and dirt, which will also extend the lifetime of the air filter. For added durability and safety, owners can choose from a range of optional guards for the front windshield, bucket cylinder, and the driveshaft and powertrain.

The medium wheel loaders offer exceptional levels of performance without compromising on efficiency, thanks to low levels of fuel consumption. The EU Stage IV-compliant engine does not require a diesel particulate filter, which reduces maintenance costs.

The selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system, also designed to comply with EU Stage IV emission regulations, lessens the wheel loader’s impact on the environment. The SCR system injects urea into exhaust gas to reduce nitrogen oxide from emissions. As waste handling companies occasionally deal with flammable material, the maximum temperature level of exhaust gases is lower on this SCR system. This enables it to meet the high safety standards required in this industry.

The quick power switch increases engine output when more power is instantly required, or for driving uphill. The simultaneous movement of the bucket and lift arm ensures an efficient digging operation. The five-speed transmission ensures increased productivity and fuel efficiency while travelling.

The ZW180-6 and ZW220-6 are among the safest machines in their class. They offer the best all-round visibility with a 360° panoramic view from the spacious cab and the rear-view camera. The repositioning of the muffler and air filter, and wide-view mirrors have also enhanced the rear-view visibility.

Operators will notice extremely low noise levels inside the cab, thanks to improved sound insulation. To ensure a smooth driving experience on all kinds of terrain, the ride control feature minimises pitching via the movement of the lift arm cylinders.

A smooth operation and exceptional control are ensured by the optional Joystick Steering System (for the ZW220-6), which enables operators to reach high levels of productivity with effortless steering. In the cab, the multifunctional LCD monitor with build-in rear-view display also makes life easier, showing vital information at a glance.