Posted October 29, 2015

Gehl Grows Its Compact Excavator Line

Gehl’s new Z55 compact excavator is a 5.5 metric ton machine that provides excellent performance while lowering fuel consumption and operating costs, the company reports. The zero-tail-swing compact excavator is designed to excel in applications such as grading and excavating, trenching, digging, demolition and recycling, cabling and light utility construction, particularly where space is limited.

Gehl Z55_PileThe Z55's 47.6 hp Yanmar Tier IV-certified, turbocharged diesel engine features an electronic throttle for precise control. Its digging depth is 12-ft 9.5-in. and it has a bucket breakout force of 9,419 lbs.

ECO mode and auto deceleration features provide a combined result of 20% reduction in fuel consumption. Controls include a proportional auxiliary hydraulic rocker switch which enhances attachment options, giving the operator infinitely variable control of hydraulic flow. The operator can easily select standard ISO or an optional backhoe control pattern with a turn of a mechanical lever.

A boom offset swing of 68 degrees in both directions allows for digging a square hole without repositioning the machine. An integrated digital display features recordable maintenance history with adjustable time intervals and reminders. An angle blade with float can be angled 25 degrees in either direction to eliminate repetitive repositioning when back-filling. 

The operator’s station offers multiple ergonomic and convenience features.  An optional cab enclosure, with heat or heat/air-conditioning systems, provides comfort and protection in extreme weather conditions. The front window can be stowed overhead for additional air flow and also increases visibility and communication with bystanders when needed.

Large swing-out doors on the back and right-hand side of the machine offer tool-free access to 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 left-side front panel reveals the control pattern selector and the left-side rear panel is a handy lockable toolbox for operator necessities.