Posted November 25, 2014

Gehl's New Compact Excavator

The all-new Gehl Z25 compact excavator incorporates features that enhance productivity, operator comfort, efficiency and cost savings on the jobsite, with 8-in. greater dig dept and 8.3-in additional reach at ground level, compared to the previous model.

Gehl Z25The new Z25 is equipped with a 20.4 hp (15.2 kW) electronically-controlled Yanmar Tier IV emissions certified diesel engine. No engine regeneration is required on the Z25, reducing downtime on the jobsite. Low exhaust position on the machine educes noise, increases safety and improves visibility. Cold-weather starting is easy with an electric glow plug starting aid, reducing the need for block heaters or starting fluid.

The operator’s station on the Z25 compact excavator is built for optimal productivity and controllability. Joystick controls, operated by simple wrist movements, reduce fatigue. The controls on the Z25 include a proportional auxiliary hydraulic rocker switch with detent on the joystick. This allows the operator to adjust the hydraulic flow for precise attachment performance while keeping hands on the joysticks. The operator can easily select standard ISO or an optional backhoe control pattern with a turn of a mechanical lever. The two-position, high speed travel switch is conveniently integrated in the blade control lever for easy accessibility.

Auxiliary hydraulic flow rate up to 13.6 gpm (51.3 L/min), paired with high system pressure up to 2,987 psi (206 bar), deliver more hydraulic muscle to power demanding attachments and deliver superior digging and breakout forces. The two-way and one-way auxiliary flow valve allows for direct-to-tank bypass, while return flow selection is standard equipment. Two variable and two gear pumps bring simultaneous operation without loss of power.

Serviceability is made easy on the Z25 compact excavator. Tool-free access panels give quick and easy access to the hydraulic tank, engine compartment, control valve, air cleaner and control pattern valve. A standard track drive system (compared to an offset track drive on the Z27) provides long life and allows for easy aftermarket track replacement.

The Z25, along with the other Gehl compact excavators, feature a Zero-Tail-Swing design to maximize productivity in confined spaces. Other important performance features include a high-strength boom with sliding cylinder guards that protect the rods from damage. The Power-a-Tach®hydraulic quick coupler enables attachment changes by the flip of a switch inside the cab. The operator leaves the seat only to engage and disengage the safety pin.

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