Hitachi Construction Machinery


Hitachi introduces two new excavators at ConExpo 2008

19 Feb, 2008

MOLINE, ILLINOIS (January 11, 2008) – Hitachi Construction Products will roll out two new excavators at ConExpo 2008, as well as showcase the company’s ZXLink™ telematics machine monitoring system.

Located in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth N-1541, Hitachi will display the new reduced-tail-swing ZX135US-3 and the new ZX200W-3 wheeled excavator equipped with a wrist attachment. In addition to these new models, there will be a ZX350LC-3 and the large, 84-metric-ton ZX850LC-3 equipped with the Ultimate version of ZXLink.


The ZX135US-3 replaces the 135US. Incorporating Tier-3 emission standards, the new 135 comes with the CRES II cab which is larger than before and has a wider seatback, more legroom, and more glass on the right-hand side for improved visibility. Low-effort, short-throw levers are easy to use. This fingertip control also reduces operator fatigue. The multilingual widescreen LCD color monitor provides maintenance, attachment, and operational information. An optional air-suspension heated seat is also available.

The cab is prepped for auxiliary hydraulics. Thanks to regenerative hydraulics, arm roll-in and the boom lower/arm movement are faster. Travel speed has been increased. Multifunction operations are smoother than ever because of the HIOS III system which further enhances the precise, smooth control for which Hitachi excavators have been known.

The new ZX135US-3 also has greater horsepower and excellent fuel economy. Some of the retained features that help reduce operating costs include WC thermal spraying (tungsten carbide) at the arm-bucket joint for greater wear resistance at its contact surface with the bucket and HN bushings.


The new ZX220W-3 is also a Tier-3 compliant excavator that comes with wheels, not tracks. Mobile and maneuverable, it can quickly cruise from spot to spot and is pavement-friendly.

In addition to the new CRES II cab and other reliability- and power-boosting improvements common to all Dash-3 excavators, the ZX220W-3 has increased the maximum travel speed, provided greater acceleration performance, and widened the oscillation angle of the axles for a smoother ride over rougher terrain. Greater stability ensures that this machine can move Jersey barriers without the need to extend outriggers. The machine can be customized with a variety of boom, blade, outrigger, and bucket options.

<ZXLink-equipped ZX850LC-3>

Hitachi’s large ZX850LC-3 will be equipped with the Ultimate version of Hitachi’s ZXLink telematics machine monitoring system. Available in three levels — Standard, Advanced, and Ultimate — the Ultimate version comes standard on the Dash-3 ZX450, 650, and 850 excavators, with three years of service included in the price of the machine, when purchased from an authorized Hitachi dealer.

<The Deere-Hitachi relationship>

Hitachi and Deere will share the same booth space at ConExpo 2008. While the origins of the Deere-Hitachi relationship can be traced back to the 1960s, the two companies have maintained a joint marketing agreement since 2002. Hitachi sales, marketing, and many product-support activities in the Americas are managed by the Construction & Forestry Division of John Deere. Hitachi excavators are distributed and sold throughout the U.S. and Canada by a growing number of dealership locations.

Deere and Hitachi produce excavators at their Kernersville, North Carolina, factory — a 50/50 joint venture established in 1988. The Hitachi models produced there are the ZX200LC-3, ZX240LC-3, ZX270LC-3, and ZX350LC-3 units. All other Hitachi-branded construction excavators are produced in Japan. The purpose-built Forester models are produced at a Deere-Hitachi jointly owned plant in Langley, British Columbia.

Hitachi also sells rigid-frame mining trucks and mining shovels. Trucks from the 40- to 350-ton class are made in Guelph, Ontario. The huge mining shovels and backhoes are produced in Japan.

For more information: Kathy Anderson (800) 346-3169

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