Compact Excavators

Features & Specs

Arm Force
2,970 lb. (13.2 kN)
Bucket Force
4,994 lb. (22.2 kN)
Swing Speed
9.1 rpm
Dig Depth
9 ft. 6 in. (2.89 m)

Work where others can’t

Our tiny titans are nimble, powerful and designed to keep their tails close to their tracks rather than bashing into fences or walls. 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

  • State-of-the-art technologies that achieve lower total operational costs while boosting productivity.
  • Reduced fuel consumption with a cleaner, more powerful Interim Tier 4 engine.
  • Efficient zero- and near-zero-tail-swing designs lower the center of gravity, increase stability and let you work in tight areas.
  • 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.
  • 2,000 hour hydraulic oil and 500 hour engine oil interval.

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.

Operator comfort

You’ll love the Zaxis cab. It comes with an adjustable seat to provide day-long comfort and ergonomically correct low-effort pilot controls to enhance ease of operation. An enclosed cab option comes standard with air conditioning and heat, as well as a cloth suspension seat. And the canopy provides generous openings for easy entry and exit.

Easy to maintain

The ZX27U-3 features a side access door that is easy to open and that makes maintenance a breeze. The cabin floor can even be tilted up to 50 degrees for easy, quick servicing. 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

6,358 lb (2887 kg)

Net Power

26.4 hp (19.7 kW) @ 2,200 rpm

Travel Speeds

1.6 to 2.8 mph (2.6-4.4 km/h)

Swing Speed

9.1 rpm

Bucket Capacity

1.3 to 4.4 ft3 (0.04 to0.12m3)



Engine Make / Engine Model

Yanmar 3TNV88

Non-Road Emission Standards

EPA Tier 4


100 cu. in. (1.6 L)

Net Power (ISO9249)

26.4 hp (19.7 kW) @ 2,200 rpm

Hydraulic System


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

Piston Pump

2 x 8.2 gpm (2 x 31 L/min)

Gear Pump

4.4 gpm (16.7 L/min)


13.9 gpm (52.6 L/min)


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

Download the Specs Brochures for the ZX27U-3.

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