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Gehl Introduces New Z45 GEN:2 Compact Excavator

Feb 25, 2014 - 5 years ago

By Supply Post

The all-new Gehl Z45 GEN:2 compact excavator brings efficient performance to the market in a state of-the-art package. This new model incorporates innovative features that enhance productivity, operator comfort, efficiency and cost savings on the jobsite. The Z45 GEN:2 compact excavator includes many upgrades from the previous Z45 model.

The new Z45 GEN:2 is equipped with a 37.7 hp (28.1 kW) electronically controlled Yanmar Tier IV emissions-certified diesel engine which provides up to 20% less fuel consumption than the previous Z45 model and features an electronic throttle for precise control. Two other important cost saving features include ECO mode and auto deceleration. When activated by the flip of a switch inside the cab, ECO mode will reduce the engine speed by 10% without sacrificing power. Utilizing ECO mode will save fuel when full speed is not necessary. Auto deceleration mode improves fuel economy, lowers noise levels and reduces emissions by decreasing the engine speed to idle after four seconds without hydraulic movement.

Multiple improvements have also been made to the operator’s compartment to enhance productivity and controllability. To address productivity, the controls on the Z45 GEN:2 have been improved to include a proportional auxiliary hydraulic rocker switch which vastly enhances attachment options. This allows the operator to adjust the hydraulic flow for optimal attachment performance. The operator can easily select standard ISO or an optional backhoe control pattern with a turn of a mechanical lever. An integrated digital display located in a highly-visible area features recordable maintenance history with adjustable time intervals and reminders. The display unit also records hours used for the past 90 days and can be monitored without starting the engine.

The operator’s compartment has been enlarged and redesigned to offer the most advanced features in operator comfort. A 4-way adjustable seat offers custom height, weight and backrest positions with a retractable belt. An optional cab enclosure, with heat or heat/air-conditioning systems, provides comfort and protection in extreme weather conditions. An adjustable suspension seat and arm rests provide personalized comfort.

Serviceability on the Z45 GEN:2 has been greatly enhanced over the previous model. Tool-free access is made possible by large swing-out doors on the back and right-hand side of the machine. These compartments reveal the entire engine and daily maintenance points; radiator, oil cooler, battery and fuses. Remove the cab floor panels, kick plates and tip the seat back to reveal the starter, alternator, fuses, control module and control valve. A leftside front panel reveals the control pattern selector and the left-side rear panel is a handy lockable toolbox for operator necessities. On units equipped with an enclosed cab and air-conditioning, the A/C components are easily accessible via a tool-free access door on the upper-rear part of the machine.

Features that carry over from the previous model include the Power-a-Tach hydraulic quick coupler which allows attachment changes by the flip of a switch inside the cab. The operator leaves the seat only to engage and disengage the safety pin. Other important performance features include a high strength boom with sliding cylinder guards that protect the rods from damage and the high-performance hydraulic system with two variable and two gear pumps for simultaneous operation without loss of power. A factory-installed hydraulic thumb attachment option further enhances versatility and jobsite adaptability.

A large operator’s compartment with a cab forward design provides excellent visibility to the front, the cutting edge, and the sides of the loader. Lowered rear towers provide excellent visibility to the rear. A side-folding restraint bar and armrests with multiple adjustments move up and down with the seat to enhance operator comfort and safety. New on the RT175 GEN:2 and RT210 GEN:2, the front of the armrests have been elevated approximately 8 degrees, adding two inches of added clearance between the seat and lap bars to provide even more room for the operator’s legs and thighs. The joystick and hand/foot control towers are fully adjustable for further customization of the cab. A standard mechanical or optional air-ride suspension seats deliver outstanding comfort.

The Gehl Z45 GEN:2 compact excavator is positioned in the North American market to meet the needs of contractors, agricultural customers, and the rental industry. Gehl Compact Excavators excel in applications such as grading and excavating, trenching, digging, demolition and recycling and light utility construction. Their compact nature and zerotail- swing design make them ideal in situations where space is limited.

“The market demand is higher than ever for an innovative, powerful excavator with low operating costs,” says Nathan Ryan, Product Manager for Gehl compact excavators. “The new Gehl Z45 GEN:2 compact excavator meets and exceeds these demands by incorporating a Tier IV emissions certified engine and power conserving features that result in up to a 20% fuel savings over the previous Z45 model. Add in the new state-of-the-art features - proportional auxiliary hydraulic controls, digital display, oversized re-designed cab and serviceability improvements - and owners will find the new Gehl Z45 GEN:2 compact excavator the ideal machine for maximum performance.”

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