Compact Excavators

Features & Specs

Arm Force
2,046 lb. (10.3 kN)
Bucket Force
3,597 lb. (16.0 kN)
Swing Speed
8.9 rpm
Dig Depth
7 ft. 9 in. (2.37 m)

Tiny titan with powerful performance

Just because the ZX17U-2 can squeeze in and out of small spaces, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice performance. We’ve reduced the size and footprint without sacrificing the Hitachi qualities you’ve come to expect - long life, high productivity, multifunction operations, smooth hydraulics and easy maintenance.

Product highlights

  • Smallest reduced-tail-swing compact excavator Hitachi offers in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Adjustable-width undercarriage and foldable backfill blade that permits entry through openings as narrow as 40 inches.
  • Fast and easy bucket and attachment switchovers. Boom-mounted auxiliary hydraulic lines and an auxiliary return-flow selector valve accommodate both one- and two-way hydraulically driven attachments. Use buckets, clamps, hydraulic wrists, breakers, augers, compactors and more.
  • State-of-the-art technologies that achieve lower total operational costs while boosting productivity.
  • Expandable undercarriage that lets you retract the undercarriage for transport, then expand it for excellent stability during operation.

Tough components

The reinforced D-shaped frame is like that found on bigger members of the Zaxis family. Lubricant-impregnated HN bushings are used for greater reliability and increased service intervals. The highly durable box-section frame, enlarged counterweight and weighted undercarriage lower the center of gravity and increase stability. Rubber crawlers feature a steel core structure to protect shoe edges. Large-diameter drive sprocket and track idler increase durability and reduce the likelihood of a thrown track.

Easy to maintain

The ZX17U-2 features a side access door that is easy to open and that makes maintenance a breeze. Inspection points are concentrated for quick daily maintenance. The X-beam track frame is rounded for easy mud removal, while the one-sided slope on the side track frame minimizes mud packing. Split-type front hoses are jointed at the machine cover ports and the back of the boom for easy replacement.

Visibility and safety

Zaxis Compacts come standard with a ROPS/FOPS canopy. Entryways are generous for easy entry and exit and provide you with a commanding view of the work at hand as well as the jobsite.

The LCD monitor is easy to read and positioned to further improve the view from inside the cab. One quick glance is all it takes to verify that systems are normal.

Low operating costs

Take advantage of simple, durable and efficient components, while retaining many characteristics of our larger excavators. The reinforced D-shaped frame helps prevent impact damage along the edges. And you can count on the job-proven HN bushings on the boom, arm and bucket for reliability. These ooze oil from the pores of the bushing into the clearance between the pin and bushing to increase greasing intervals.

Operating Weight

4,173 lb (1893 kg)

Net Power

14.8 hp (11 kW) @ 2,400 rpm

Travel Speeds

1.5 to 2.7 mph (2.4-4.3 km/h)

Swing Speed

8.9 rpm

Bucket Capacity

1.5 ft3 (0.04 m3)



Engine Make / Engine Model

Yanmar 3TNV70

Non-Road Emission Standards

EPA Tier 4


52 cu. in. (0.85 L)

Net Power (ISO9249)

14.8 hp (11.0 kW) @ 2,400 rpm

Hydraulic System


Open Center with Two Variable-Displacement Pumps and One Fixed-Gear Pump

Piston Pump

2 x 5.1 gpm (2 x 19.2 L/min)

Gear Pump

3.3 gpm (12.5 L/min)


8.4 gpm (31.7 L/min)


Hydraulic pilot-operated for boom, arm, bucket, swing, boom swing, blade, travel and auxiliary functions

Download the Specs Brochures for the ZX17U-2.

Not all models available in all countries. Service and support may also vary by region. Please contact a dealer for more information.