According to the official UK Hitachi dealer, HM Plant (a Hitachi group company), demand for the new Hitachi Zaxis-5 range of medium excavators from the ZX250LC-5 to the ZX470LCH-5 models during 2012 was remarkably high among members of the UK’s National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC).
The first company to take delivery of a ZX470LCH-5 – along with two ZX250LC-5s – was the Hampshire-based Hughes & Salvidge Ltd. Both models were used in Havant, shortly after delivery in October 2013. The larger model, equipped with a pulveriser attachment, was used to crush reinforced concrete, and a ZX250LC-5 fitted with a grapple attachment, handled and processed materials, and loaded them into skips. The benefits of the Hitachi Zaxis-5 range include high levels of productivity, thanks to the new three-pump TRIAS hydraulic system (ZX250LC-5 to ZX350LC-5) and the HIOS IIIB hydraulic system for the ZX470LCH-5 (Fig.). They are all equipped with a powerful, yet fuel-efficient engine, which complies with Stage IIIB emission regulations and helps customers to reduce running costs. Operator comfort and safety has also been enhanced with more space, user-friendly controls and a colour LCD monitor in the ROPS-compliant cab.
Hughes & Salvidge Managing Director Martyn Burnett has plans to invest in a further four ZX470LCH-5 models in 2013. “The most important advantage of the new Zaxis-5 models for my business is the reduced running costs. The new Stage IIIB engine of the ZX470LCH-5 uses less fuel than the previous model and results in a saving of tens of thousands of pounds.”