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A Danish contractor put a ZW180-5 to the test… and the results were incredible for Jysk Kloak Entreprise ApS (JKE). As a result, the company has now taken delivery of a new Hitachi ZW220-6 wheel loader, the latest addition to its fleet.
For owner Jan Christensen, the decision was an easy one: “The ZW220-6 was the right choice, as it has more power and torque than the smaller model. We needed the most versatile machine available.”

Fitted with additional lights and a larger 4m³ bucket by Danish Hitachi dealer, HP Entreprenørmaskiner A/S (HPE), the wheel loader has been assisting with the construction of a new extension to a small shopping mall.

The Tjæreborg-based family business has always been loyal to HPE and Hitachi. As such, the wheel loader will also join a ZX250LC-6 medium and three mini excavators (ZX10U-2, ZX18-3 and ZX27-3) at JKE.

Jan describes his appreciation for Hitachi machines: “The most important thing is that I know they are of the highest quality. They are completely reliable, so there is no need to consider other brands of construction equipment.”

Jan’s colleagues have also been enjoying their time with the new Hitachi ZW220-6: “The operator likes the wheel loader and it’s working really well. It is powerful, fuel efficient and we’ve not had any downtime.”
Power meets precision

For operator Henrik Svenningsen, the wheel loader has certainly passed the test with flying colours. He had been using another brand of machinery for 15 years, so was pleasantly surprised by how much he liked the ZW220-6. “It is powerful, smooth to operate and the cab is spacious,” he says.

“It is stable and well balanced, and there is excellent traction. When loading trucks, the wheel loader is precise. It also feels safe, with excellent visibility thanks to the rear-view camera, and is easy to operate.”
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Ten minutes. That’s how long it took operator Patrik Backström to be convinced that the special application Hitachi excavator he was watching in Italy was the one he needed back home in Sweden.
It might sound like a short amount of time considering the decision – to invest in the first Hitachi ZX350LC-6 with clamshell telescopic arm (CTA) in Europe. But together with contractor Kenneth Koliviken, he had spent months researching the machine and watching videos on YouTube before he visited a similar model on site to see how it performed.

“We thought we would need many additional features – we usually customise our machines in Sweden – but we realised we didn’t need most of the things on our list, says Patrik. “The machine was simply built for the job.”
Now the ZX350LC-6 CTA has been delivered, Kenneth and Patrik can dig deeper than their competitors in Gothenburg, and the new model is much more efficient than the long-reach excavators they used previously for deep shaft excavation.

“The CTA excavator has a longer reach (25m compared to 12-13m) and twice the bucket capacity (1.3m3) of a long-reach excavator,” says Kenneth. It also requires less swing space and does not require the construction of ramps into the shafts for trucks to drive down. “In soft clay, that could be a problem,” adds Kenneth. “This machine makes it much safer, as no roads are required.”

“Safety is of course the main thing,” agrees Patrik. “Thanks to the sliding cab and the floor window, you can see right over the edge of the shaft – it’s perfect.” The cab is positioned 96cm further forward than on a standard ZX350-6 excavator and can also slide a further 130cm, giving a clearer view of the ground below.

“Initially it was a strange feeling to look over the side and into the shaft,” he adds. “It’s more comparable to a crane than a standard excavator. But it just takes practice, like borrowing someone’s car, until you know how it works. After working in the industry for 20 years, it’s nice for me to try something new.”
The first project for the ZX350LC-6 CTA was the extension of the Drottning Silvias Barnsjukhus (Queen Silvia’s Children’s Hospital) in Gothenburg
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Réné Apprin & Cie SAS has invested in two large Hitachi excavators for its quarry near Saint Jean de Maurienne in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France. Local dealer Teramat supplied a new ZX470LCH-5 in 2015 and the latest ZX490LCH-6 model with a three-year/5,000-hour extended warranty a year later to Carriére du Rocheray, which dates back to 1880.

The latest acquisitions are used for breaking (the ZX490LCH-6 with a hammer attachment) and loading the materials (ZX470LCH-5) respectively. Réné Apprin & Cie SAS expects that each machine will be operated for less than 1,000 hours per annum.

“The biggest benefit that the large Hitachi excavators bring to the business is undoubtedly their reliability,” adds Pierre-Olivier Apprin. “This is very important to us, as well as how fast and smooth they operate in the quarry. The Hitachi machines are strong and durable, and have the capacity to handle large rocks.”

Réné Apprin & Cie SAS extracts up to 250,000 tonnes of granite-based materials each year, with a licence that currently runs until 2034. The rock is hard and abrasive, and used in the top layer of the sub-base for road construction projects as well as the production of asphalt and concrete. The company delivers its materials to the local production facilities of both the Bouygues Group (asphalt) and the Vicat Group (concrete).

Pierre-Olivier Apprin is the sixth generation of his family to run the business that began at the turn of the 20th Century. “We’ve had a positive experience with the ZX470LCH-5 and our team in the quarry really like this Hitachi excavator. When deciding to buy the second machine, we also opted for Hitachi because we preferred to have one brand of equipment. We also appreciate the excellent after-sales service supplied by Teramat.

“I believe that it is important to have regular contact with our suppliers and I have a close working relationship with Teramat’s M. Mailland-Rosset. He was another factor in buying the latest Hitachi excavator, as he is a very good communicator – especially if we need an immediate response.”
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See how a Hitachi ZX300LC-6 medium excavator is proving popular with its operator on a crucial highway project!
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Hitachi has developed oil sensors that monitor the quality of an excavator’s engine and hydraulic oil, 24/7!
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Watch how this ZW220-6 wheel loader is helping with a construction project at a shopping mall in Denmark!
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Hitachi has developed an industry-leading innovation as part of its ConSite remote fleet monitoring system. The first of its kind in the construction industry, it extracts data from two unique sensors that monitor the quality of an excavator’s engine and hydraulic oil, 24/7.

Designed to reduce the total cost of ownership, the new oil sensors will enhance customers’ experiences with their Hitachi construction machinery. Increased machine availability and reduced maintenance requirements – which will save owners time and money – are the key benefits of this innovative feature.

The machine transmits sensor data on a daily basis to Hitachi’s remote fleet monitoring system. If the oil quality has deteriorated or the oil has become contaminated, the dealer will be notified via email or text and can take the necessary actions.

For example, an oil sample can be taken and then sent to a laboratory. From this, a complete analysis is generated so that the exact cause is identified. The dealer can then fix any faults quickly and conveniently on site.

The new oil sensors will reduce maintenance costs by providing a more accurate estimation of when an oil change is required. This is more efficient than a fixed oil change interval. Hitachi customers can be sure of the reliability and maximum availability of their Hitachi machine thanks to the prevention of unscheduled downtime.

“We are delighted to be the first manufacturer to offer our customers this new technology,” says Manager Service Business Support at Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV, Tom van Wijlandt. “We know that reliability and machine uptime are vital to our customers, and the new oil sensors will help to enhance this further. Combined with ConSite, this unique development will also continue to improve user experiences of Hitachi construction machinery.”

The oil sensors will be installed in the ZX210-6 and ZX350-6 medium excavators as of November 2017, but Hitachi will roll them out to other models in the near future. A retrofit kit is also available from authorised Hitachi dealers for the previous generation ZX210-5 and ZX350-5 models.
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Rental company Gustav HC A/S has invested in a new Hitachi ZX225USLC-6 for its fleet of construction machinery. Based in the Danish city of Herning on the Jutland peninsula, the firm took delivery of the short-tail swing medium excavator in February 2017. It joins a Hitachi ZX225USLC-3, ZX140W-3 and ZX18-3 for use on excavation, utilities and landscaping projects in domestic gardens, yards and other confined spaces.

Supplied by HP Entreprenørmaskiner A/S (HPE), the new model has a two-piece boom that allows the operator to work closely and precisely in the area immediately in front of the machine. Combined with a tilt rotator, this increases its versatility for working in confined spaces.

Owner Gustav H Christensen says: “We continue to buy Hitachi construction machinery due to the speed and overall performance of our current and previous Zaxis excavators, as well as the quality of the hydraulic systems.

“They are also completely reliable – they never break down – and we enjoy the low cost of ownership. In addition, HPE consistently provides us with the best possible solutions and each new machine is delivered to the exact specification we require.”

The four Hitachi machines are primarily rented out (for 70% of the working year) to local contractor Sunds Entreprenør ApS. It specialises in drainage, earthmoving, demolition and foundation work.

One of the first assignments for the ZX225USLC-6 was on Idrœtsvej in the town of Sunds, just to the north of Herning. Sunds Entreprenør ApS was responsible for lifting the old sewage and rainwater pipes from beneath the road and replacing them, before covering the new pipelines over a distance of four kilometres on this and adjoining streets.

Sunds Entreprenør ApS co-owner Henry Povlsen has been working with Hitachi excavators for more than 25 years. “Hitachi is the world’s best construction machinery,” he says. “As the company owner, they never break down and have very low running costs. As an operator, they are luxurious machines to work in. I really like everything about the new Zaxis-6 machine.”
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Check out this video of a special excavator working on a state-of-the-art children’s hospital in Gothenburg.
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A Hitachi ZX300LC-6 medium excavator is helping to upgrade a vital stretch of the D1 highway in the Czech Republic, one of the country’s most important transport routes. The Zaxis-6 machine was delivered in September 2016 to ATM CZ a.s., a contractor specialising in road construction, soil stabilisation and demolition projects.

Incorporating unique Hitachi technology, the ZX300LC-6 has the highest output in its class. It benefits from a six-cylinder engine to increase productivity, while the TRIAS II hydraulic system reduces hydraulic loss and increases efficiency. In addition, the machine’s user-friendly routine maintenance points and durable components have contributed to its reliability on site.

It is Hitachi’s dedication to quality that has endeared the ZX300LC-6 to ATM CZ’s Production Manager Frantisek Tvrdy: “We purchased the excavator primarily because of its reliability. However, we have also seen how happy our operators are when working with the machine.

“In addition, we receive excellent support from NET spol. s r.o, our local Hitachi dealer, and its sub-dealer Austro Baumaschinen, s.r.o. We’ve been so impressed that we’re planning to buy another ZX300LC-6 medium excavator next year.”

The overall machine package has impressed its operator Jan Kovalec, who has over 27 years’ experience in the industry. “The ZX300LC-6 is a superb technical solution, and the control system and hydraulics contribute to an impressive performance. It is user-friendly and has been built for operators.”

“In addition, it has a strong engine, and offers high levels of speed and power. Quite simply, this machine is faultless and we’ve never had an issue with it. I have experience of operating many other excavators, but for me, Hitachi is the number one.”

Part of the E50/E65 European road network, the D1 is the main highway between Prague and Brno, the largest cities in the Czech Republic. As part of a broader governmental initiative that started three years ago, work began on a specific 68km stretch of the D1 in February 2017.

ATM CZ is widening the entire section from two to three lanes, with the ZX300LC-6 being utilised for earthmoving and grading on site. The project is taking place near the town of Zruč nad Sázavou, to the southeast of Prague, and was due to be completed in June 2017.
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