Kawasaki Introduces the 70Z7 Wheel Loader. The 70Z7 has retained the IntelliTech functions such as the patented IntelliDig system, balancing rim pull force and hydraulic digging force to match conditions, the QuickCycle function, and the FlexShift feature, which matches shift points to the actual working conditions. But unlike its larger-sized classmates, the 70’s intelligence works behind the scenes, so many of its operations perform without human intervention. The 70 is also easy to run. Its high-intensity LCD monitor, straightforward dash arrangement, and intuitive systems make it ideal for rental purposes as well as operations where operator skills run the spectrum.
New T4i emissions technology means a more fuel-efficient and savvy loader. The 70Z7 is so smart it has reduced fuel usage considerably over the previous generations in this size class. When it comes to power, the 70Z7 has it by the bucketful. It sports a 173 hp (gross) Cummins engine, a ZF five-speed transmission, work mode selector, 50-degree bucket tilt-back angle for carrying, and a full turn tipping load of a whopping 22,800 pounds. A Quick Power switch kicks in enough extra power to muscle through momentary tough spots, or in very challenging environments the Power Mode can be selected, although field tests show it isn’t required for even the most demanding applications. Field tests are also reporting a vast improvement over previous generation fuel consumption.
The 70Z7 is also quite versatile. Add a high lift arm configuration, or third spool hydraulics to that and you have a real workhorse for a variety of applications and environments.