New ZX17U-5, ZX26U-5 bring Tier 4 Final engines to Hitachi’s smallest excavators



Hitachi has updated its smallest compact excavators with new Tier 4 Final engines that require no diesel exhaust fluid.

The new ZX17U-5 and ZX26U-5 compact excavators, boasting 14.5 horsepower and 20 hp, respectively, are designed for a range of jobs including commercial and residential building, site development and rental..

The ZX17U-5 weighs 3,790 pounds and the ZX26U-5 weighs between 5,870 and 6,110 pounds. Both machines feature independent swing boom and 360-degree rotation, allowing them to work in tight spaces, as well as simplifying loading and transporting the compact excavators from job to job.

Attachment changes are made easy via manual wedge-style couplers, and a standard backfill blade allows the machines to be used for grading and backfilling, as well as providing additional stability.



The ZX17U-5 has easy blade-width expansion with redesigned blade extension pins, and the unit’s variable-width undercarriage and foldable blade assist with navigating tight jobsites. The ZX26U-5 features swing boom and foldable travel pedals that are easy to operate but offer foot room. Short-throw pilot levers deliver precise control smoothly with little effort.

Serviceability is simplified via a steel service door that provides improved access to components. Bushings that extend grease intervals and spin-on filters and sight gauges further reduce maintenance time.

Safety is enhanced with a ROPS-certified canopy, as well as a ROPS cab option for the ZX26U-5. The redesigned cab is heated, and has a large front window for better visibility. Heavy-duty side shields protect the propel motors, boom and blade cylinders. The machine’s X-frame not only provides a stable platform, but also resists the buildup of material.