News from Hitachi: the Japanese manufacturer of construction equipment has made its latest mining excavator, the EX3600-7, available to customers in North and South America. The new machine, which Hitachi says offers enhanced efficiency, reliability and durability, is the fourth entry in the company’s new EX-7 Series of excavators.
The EX3600-7 is available in backhoe or shovel form. Thanks to new Fuel Consumption Optimization technology, the EX3600-7 reportedly cuts fuel consumption by 4-7 percent from its predecessor, the EX3600-6.
Adding to its efficiency are new main pump electric regulators, a new hydraulic regeneration circuit and an increased bucket capacity.
According to the company’s official press release, “The EX3600-7 is loaded with intelligent features to minimize downtime and optimize machine longevity. A new auto-lubrication system with a large capacity grease tank, new grease pump, in-line grease filter with breather and grease level indicator in the cab helps reduce downtime.”
Improvements in comfort and safety have also been made. For example, “The automatic weight-adjusting air suspension seat calculates optimal cushioning to match the operator’s weight while integrated electronic joysticks connected to the machine’s microprocessor enable precise and nearly effortless operation.”
There is also an on-board inclinometer, anti-slip walkways and better handrails, and Aerial Angle, Hitachi’s patented 360-degree visual system.
“The EX3600-7 sets a new standard in the mining industry,” said Brian Mace, mining product marketing and applications manager, Hitachi Construction Machinery – Americas. “With a multitude of innovative features, it’s a reliable workhouse that is ready for its tough job. A variety of new features reduce its fuel consumption, increase its efficiency and make maintenance even simpler.”