The 2022 Innovative Iron Award recognizes the best compact construction, landscape and rental equipment launched during the year. Throughout 2022, the Compact Equipment magazine staff analyzed and cataloged new machines introduced to the market. The ZX50U-5N was among a select group that stood out and was honored with the 2022 Innovative Iron Award.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas Inc. (HCMA) announced the arrival of the 10,560-lb (4,790-kg) ZX50U-5N excavator in the spring of 2022. This compact excavator provides big performance with power/economy modes usually reserved for larger excavators. Reduced tail swing and an independent swing boom allow the ZX50U-5N to work in congested areas. A standard quick-coupler-equipped, boom-mounted auxiliary line makes attachment hookup a snap.