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Hitachi Construction Machinery - North America


Compact Excavator

Net Power
27 kW
36 hp
Operating Weight
4790 kg
10,560 lb.
Max Dig Reach
5.96 m
19 ft. 7 in.
Max Dig Depth
3.53 m
11 ft. 7 in.
Hitachi ZX50U-5 Compact Excavator with operator in cab

Armed with stability and productivity.

The ZX50U-5 is small and compact and gives you huge performance on all kinds of jobs. We’ve reduced the size and footprint without sacrificing the Hitachi qualities you’ve come to expect – efficiency, reliability and durability.

By talking and listening to owners like you, we’ve taken the ZX50U-5 to a whole new level by adding real-world practical improvements. You get a more spacious cab with wider, easier entry and better visibility; a fuel-efficient and reliable engine that meets emission standard;, and maintenance that’s easier than ever thanks to enhancements such as improved access to coolers.


  • The Yanmar diesel engine meets EPA Final Tier 4 (FT4)/EU Stage IV emission regulations. It’s easy to maintain and requires no special additional fluids – just ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel and CJ-4 engine oil.
  • FT4 technology employs field-proven cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) for reducing NOX, and a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) to reduce particulate matter.
  • Match engine speed to the job with power/economy work modes. Choose the power mode and get higher engine speeds for most general digging work. For lighter digging jobs, the economy mode reduces engine speed and noise, and lowers fuel costs.
  • ZX35U-5_ZX50U-5_ZX60USB-5_backfill_bladesAlthough not a replacement for a grading tractor, standard backfill blades let this excavator fill-in quite capably. An optional all-hydraulic blade angles 25 degrees, left or right, for even more efficient grading and backfilling.
  • ZX35U-5_ZX50U-5_ZX60USB-5_rubber_tracksThe rubber tracks traverse virtually any terrain, including paved surfaces. Also available are steel tracks and steel tracks with rubber pads. The optional rubber grousers combine work-anywhere flexibility with steel-track serviceability.
  • ZX35U-5_ZX50U-5_ZX60USB-5_FEAT_X-frameHeavy-duty X-frame provides a solid, stable platform that resists material and dirt build-up.
  • ZX35U-5_ZX50U-5_ZX60USB-5_lift_heightWith plenty of lift height and reach, getting up and over truck sideboards is all in a day’s work.
  • ZX35U-5_ZX50U-5_ZX60USB-5_quick_couplerStandard quick-coupler equipped boom-mounted auxiliary hydraulic lines make attachment hook-up a snap. Wedge-style coupler enables quick changes and a wide variety of buckets and attachments, such as breakers and augers.
  • Single-pin swing-post increases boom stiffness, enhancing the structural integrity of the digging components. Wear-resistant hoses are routed for protection and Cordura®-wrapped where exposed.
  • Heavy-duty shields deflect material and impacts, protecting the boom/blade cylinders and drive motors.
  • ZX35U-5_ZX50U-5_ZX60USB-5_controlsGo from backhoe- to excavator-style controls with just a twist of your wrist. Control-pattern selector valve is conveniently located in a compartment beneath the seat.
  • ZX35U-5_ZX50U-5_ZX60USB-5_control_leverErgonomic short-throw pilot control levers provide smooth, predictable low-effort fingertip operation.
  • Swing boom and foldable travel pedals are positioned where they’re easy to operate, yet allow plenty of foot room.
  • No operator activation required for high-speed travel. Track speeds automatically slow to low whenever the travel motors encounter a heavier load. Includes a console-mounted, low-speed lock switch.
  • ZX35U-5_ZX50U-5_ZX60USB_VisibilityVisibility that’s practically unlimited; precise feel; and smooth, accurate control makes the ZX50U-5 a great fit for excavating in and around existing utilities.
  • ZX35U-5_ZX50U-5_ZX60USB-5_monitorEnhanced monitor provides vital operating info at a glance and fingertip control of several functions, including auto shutdown, power/economy modes, and auto exhaust filter cleaning. Plus two trip meters let you track engine oil and hydraulic oil changes, or jobsite hours.
  • ZX35U-5_ZX50U-5_ZX60USB-5_Climate_ControlAutomatic, high-velocity bi-level climate-control system with automotive-style adjustable louvers help keep the glass clear and the cab comfortable.
  • Spacious operator station has a wide entryway, making entrance and exit easier than ever. Flat, skid-resistant floor mats remove easily for clean-out. There’s also a large cup holder and seat back compartment for documents.
  • Noise-reducing muffler and isochronous high-idle speed help keep things noticeably quiet. Rubber cab mounts further isolate the operator from noise and vibration to help reduce fatigue.
  • An aftertreatment device and isochronous high-idle speed help keep things noticeably quiet. Rubber cab mounts further isolate the operator from noise and vibration to help reduce fatigue.
  • ZX35U-5_ZX50U-5_ZX60USB-5_filtersVertical spin-on filters allow quick and clean changes. Extended engine and hydraulic oil intervals let you work longer.
  • ZX35U-5_ZX50U-5_ZX60USB-5_hinged_doorHinged door provides easy access to the side-by-side oil cooler and radiator for easier core cleanout.
  • ZX35U-5_ZX50U-5_ZX60USB-5_Operator_stationOperator station tilts forward 50 degrees simplifying access to the swing motor, hydraulic control valve, engine starter motor, and alternator.
  • ZX35U-5_ZX50U-5_ZX60USB-5_routine_checksRoutine checks such as engine oil level are quickly accomplished from ground level. Convenient lube/maintenance chart helps ensure that nothing gets overlooked.
  • ZX35U-5_ZX50U-5_ZX60USB-5_fluidHydraulic fluid sight gauge and see-through coolant reservoir let you quickly check levels at a glance.
  • Seamless diesel particulate filter (DPF) cleaning happens automatically without impacting machine productivity. Minimum service interval is 6,000 hours and can be done by your Hitachi dealer.


Emission Rating
Tier 4
Number Of Cylinders
2.19 ltr
134 Inches³
Rated speed
2400 rpm
Engine Output - Net
26.8 kW
35.9 hp
Number Of Carrier Rollers - Each Side
Number Of Track Rollers - Each Side
Track Shoe Width
400 mm
15.74 inches
Transport Length Mono Boom
5470 mm
17 ft 11 in ft/in
Transport Height - Maximum
2530 mm
8 ft 4 in ft/in
Overall Undercarriage Width
2000 mm
6 ft 7 in ft/in
Track Length On Ground
2000 mm
6 ft 7 in ft/in
Overall Undercarriage Length
2500 mm
8 ft 2 in ft/in
Tailswing Radius
1000 mm
3 ft 3 in ft/in
Ground Clearance
340 mm
13 inches
Width over fixed tracks
2000 mm
6 ft 7 in ft/in
Track Gauge
1600 mm
5 ft 2 in ft/in
Digging Reach - Mono Boom
5960 mm
19 ft 7 in ft/in
Dig Height - Mono Boom
5750 mm
18 ft 10 in ft/in
Dump Height - Mono Boom
4070 mm
13 ft 4 in ft/in
Dig Depth - Mono Boom
3530 mm
11 ft 7 in ft/in
Fuel Tank
70 ltr
18.5 gallons (US)
Hydraulic Tank
56 ltr
14.7 gallons (US)
Ground Bearing Pressure
26.9 kPa
3.9 PSI
Dipper Tearout
24 kN
5401 lbf
Operating Weight
4790 kg
10560 lbs


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