Issue 17
Hitachi ZX55U-6 mini excavator in the UK

Mighty ZX-6 minis

In 2019, we announced a new range of Hitachi ZX-6 mini and compact excavators. The updated models are fitted with Stage V-compliant engines, and offer high levels of productivity, greater fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

They can also be linked to Hitachi’s Global e-Service and have user-friendly features such as sun visors and spacious cabs for operator comfort. We visited two customers in the UK using ZX-6 mini excavators to see them in action.

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Hitachi ZX26U-6 mini excavator completing groundworks
Hitachi ZX26U-6 mini excavator in Telford
Russell Buckley, Director for Jim Dorricott Construction

“The new Hitachi range are noticeably more economical, which is important for the environment.”

Russell Buckley, Director for Jim Dorricott Construction

Jim Dorricott Construction Ltd JLG has been operating as a civil engineering firm around the town of Shrewsbury since 1990.

It took delivery of a ZX26U-6 mini excavator at the beginning of 2019 to work on the groundworks for a commercial/retail development on the outskirts of Telford.

The ZX26U-6 is excavating parts of the 2.15 hectare site so that the operators can investigate and remove the existing services. After this, they dig deeper with a Hitachi ZX225USLC-5 in order to lay sewage pipes connecting the site to the main local sewer.

The company added the mini excavator to its fleet due to the positive experiences it had with its four Hitachi medium excavators. “Hitachi machines are reliable and we’ve never had a problem with them,” says Director Russell Buckley.

“We needed a smaller machine that wouldn’t damage the pipes, so the ZX26U-6 was ideal. The new Hitachi range are noticeably more economical which is important for the environment.”

The new ZX-6 mini excavator has also proved popular with Jim Dorricott’s operators. “I’ve been working in the construction industry for 38 years, operating machines from two to 70 tonnes,” says Derek Jones. “The ZX26U-6 is comfortable and easy to get in and out of in order to change attachments. This is really important as it saves time on this type of project.”


The ZX85USB-6 is the largest model in the Hitachi compact excavator range. It is equipped with a powerful 42.4 kW Stage V-compliant engine and muffler filter after-treatment device to reduce emissions.

Ideal for a wide variety of projects, including rental, utilities, foundation work, landscaping, and indoor demolition and construction, it offers exceptional stability and comfort, and is easy to maintain.


Hitachi ZX26U-6 mini excavator completing groundworks on housing development
Hitachi ZX26U-6 mini excavator in Worcester, UK
Ben Bryan, Supervisor

“Of the machines I’ve driven over the years, there’s no comparison with Hitachi. They’re reliable and never age.”

Ben Bryan, Supervisor

Established in 2007, JLG Groundworks operates in the Worcester area of the UK on groundworks and civil engineering projects.

The company added a ZX55U-6 mini excavator to its fleet of machinery (which includes a ZX210-5 and ZX130LCN-5) during the summer of 2019.

Authorised UK dealer HCMUK recommended the machine to JLG Groundworks for its work on housing developments, which requires precision in confined spaces.

“This is the first ZX-6 mini excavator we have purchased,” says owner Jason Griffiths. “It was the latest version so thought we’d try it out because the operators love using Hitachi already. It’s very fuel efficient, and small and compact for working in confined spaces.”

The ZX55U-6 is currently being utilised on a housing development for Seddon Construction in Powick on the outskirts of Worcester. It is excavating the area around the properties for internal and external drainage, and backfilling after the work has been completed.

“It’s a versatile machine and very responsive,” says Ben Bryan who supervises the Seddon Construction site, as well as operating the mini excavator. “That’s the beauty of having the new machine, it’s powerful for a five-tonne excavator.”