Compact Excavators

Features & Specs

Net Power
26.8 kW (35.9 hp)
Operating Weight
4790 kg (10,560 lb.)
Dig Reach
5.96 m (19 ft. 7 in.)
Dig Depth
11 ft. 7 in. (3.53 m)

Armed with stability and productivity

The ZX50U-5 is nimble, powerful and designed to keep its tail close to its 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

  • Reduced fuel consumption with a cleaner, more powerful, Final Tier 4 engine.
  • Extended hydraulic and engine oil change intervals reduce downtime and expense.
  • Updated door design provides improved visibility and more room for entering the cab – a key operator-requested improvement over the previous models.
  • Enhanced monitor provides vital operating info at a glance.
  • An additional service door provides convenient cooler access making core clean out quicker and easier.

Powerful engine

The powerful Yanmar diesel engines meet EPA Tier 4/EU Stage IV emissions regulations. Easy-to-maintain, they require no special additional fluids – just ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel and CJ-4 engine oil.

Operator comfort

Your operators won’t have to squeeze their way aboard our excavators. Or spend the day enduring tight quarters. Spacious operator stations have wide entryways, making entrance and exit easier than ever. And virtually unobstructed visibility provides a clear view of the work ahead and surrounding jobsite.

Easy to maintain

Conduct daily checks through a steel rear door that slides up and out of the way. The operator station tilts forward, providing quick, wide-open component access. And of course, industry leading parts and service are just as easily accessible at all Hitachi dealers.


Powdered-metal, oil-impregnated boom arm and HN bucket bushings increase digging structure durability. Reinforced D-channel side frames protect components from impact damage. And heavy-duty cast or box-constructed fabricated X-frames provide a rock-solid base.

Operating Weight

10,560 lb. (4,790 kg)

Travel Speeds

1.6 to 2.6 mph (2.5 to 4.2 km/h)

Bucket Capacity

2.1 – 8.3 ft.3 (0.06 – 0.23 m3)



Engine Make / Engine Model

Yanmar 4TNV88C

Non-Road Emission Standards

EPA Final Tier 4/EU Stage IV


134 in.3 (2.19 L) 

Net Power (ISO9249)

35.9 hp (26.8 kW) @ 2,400 rpm

Hydraulic System


Closed-Center Load Sensing

Main Pumps 

One variable-displacement pump

Maximum rated flow: 31.7 gpm (120 L/m)

Auxiliary Flow 

23.1 gpm (87.4 L/m)


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

Download the Specs Brochures for the ZX50U-5.

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