Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America’s updated ZW180- a member of the Dash-6 line-up of mid-sized wheel loaders- weighs in at 32,000 lbs (14,560 kg), delivers 26,530 lbs of breakout force, and is powered by a Cummins 200 hp Tier 4F QSB6.7 engine. Customers are offered a choice of a 3.4 cu. yd. (2.6 cu. m) general purpose bucket or a 4.2 cu. yd. (3.2 cu. m) material handling bucket. Able to life as much as 3,000 lbs. (1,360 kg), the ZW180 can reach loading heights up to 12.9 ft (3.9 m).

A key element in the ZW180-6’s design for versatility is Hitachi’s new power mode switch, conveniently mounted on the steering joystick. A touch of the power mode switch gives the operator immediate access to additional rim-pull and breakout force for digging into heavy piles or for climbing grades while carrying a full load. Available in any auto and manual ranges, the switch to power mode instantly produces a 10 percent burst in engine rpm. The power mode allows faster acceleration without limiting the loader’s top speed on flat runs. The extra power also boosts hydraulic flow to allow quicker bucket lifts for faster cycle times.

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