Hitachi presents new ZX135USL-7 forestry excavator 

Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) is launching the new ZX135USL-7 forestry excavator. Designed for a variety of applications such as logging, log felling, loading and digging, it perfectly meets the needs for European customers and is assembled at HCME’s factory in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Equipped with a robust undercarriage, it offers enhanced durability, stability and safety for challenging working conditions. With a higher ground clearance (560 mm) than standard models, it travels smoothly and easily over uneven terrain, and the short rear swing radius of 1490 mm makes it ideal for working in compact environments.

Improve profit

The impressive fuel economy of the ZX135USL-7 forestry excavator means that it delivers up to 9% less fuel consumption than the previous model. This is achieved with the help of Hitachi’s industry-leading HIOS V hydraulic system. Fuel efficiency can be further controlled by using the new ECO gauge, clearly visible on the cab’s multifunctional 8” monitor.

For added versatility, the ZX135USL-7 forestry excavator has a reinforced arm with piping for breaker or crusher, quick-coupler, as well as assist piping. A front blade is also available.

Life-cycle costs are reduced with the new Stage V-compliant engine, which does not require an SCR system. This eliminates the need for AdBlue, filter replacements and associated maintenance.

Feel the difference

The state-of-the-art, ultra-spacious cab is the perfect working environment. One of the quietest in the industry, it also has 16% less vibration than the previous generation. New features include the synchronised motion of the seat and console – to reduce operator fatigue – and the adjustable console height. Easy operation comes from the ergonomic design of the console and switches.

Increase safety

Extra safety features on the cab provide further protection for the operator. It is fitted with a fixed laminated front window and OPG level 2 front guard, and additional lights on the cab roof provide greater visibility in low-light conditions.

Boost uptime

Tested rigorously at dedicated facilities in Japan, Hitachi Zaxis-7 machines have been built to last. Uptime is maximised by easy maintenance and cleaning features, which save operators and owners both time and money. Durability is enhanced by the reinforced travel motor cover, idler frame and track undercovers.

Fleet management

To enable owners to feel in total control of their fleet and workload, Hitachi’s remote monitoring systems, Owner’s Site and ConSite, give them access to vital data and tools. Both systems send operational data via GPRS or satellite from the excavator to Global e-Service on a daily basis. ConSite summarises the information in a monthly email, while the ConSite Pocket app shows real-time alerts for any potential issues.

The quality of the engine and hydraulic oil is monitored continuously by a unique Hitachi innovation. Two sensors detect if the oil quality has deteriorated and data is transmitted to Global e-Service. This innovative feature provides customers with peace of mind on the condition of their excavators, and reduces maintenance and unscheduled downtime.

Complete control

“We’re proud to introduce the ZX135USL-7 forestry excavator,” says Burkhard Janssen, Product Manager Special Applications and New Technologies at Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV.

“Its exceptional reliability, efficiency and productivity provide owners with opportunities to increase profits and reduce costs. And its industry-leading cab with first-class comfort and safety features will enable operators to feel at ease and in complete control.”


Model code                             ZX135USL-7 forestry

Engine rated power                74 kW (ISO14396)

Operating weight                 15 900 – 16 900 kg

Maximum digging depth        5 760 mm

About HCME
Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) is a subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (HCM) established in 1972 in Oosterhout, The Netherlands. It is responsible for the manufacture, sales and marketing of Hitachi construction equipment throughout Europe, parts of Africa, and Israel. Today, HCME employs over 500 people, based at its headquarters in Amsterdam, and locations in Germany, Italy, France and the UK. 

About HCM
Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6305), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a construction machinery manufacturer. The company engages in the development, manufacturing, sales, and service operations around the world for hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, road construction machines, and mining machinery. Hitachi Construction Machinery is strengthening its focus on value chain businesses other than new machinery sales, such as parts and services, rentals, used equipment, and parts recycling, and is utilizing digital technologies to provide deeper solutions at all points of contact with customers. Hitachi Construction Machinery employs approximately 25,000 people worldwide. In fiscal year 2022 (ended March 2023), the consolidated sales revenue was ¥1,279,468 million (an increase of 24.8% year on year), and the percentage of overseas revenue was approximately 79%. For more details, visit the company’s website (20230426-HCM-Financial-E.pdf (