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Built to last

Several durable design features are incorporated in our ZX38U-5, so that it provides you with a lower cost of ownership, and enables you to complete jobs on time and within budget. These include strengthened front joints, an improved swing post, a reinforced D-frame and a boom cylinder guard. A shorter pilot shut-off lever also provides added durability.

Routine maintenance and cleaning contributes to the reliable performance of your Hitachi excavator. The ZX38U-5 has wide covers that are easy to open, and the radiator and oil cooler are positioned side by side for convenience. An optional tilting device for the floor of the cab provides even greater access for service and maintenance procedures.

Lower fuel costs

We know that the productivity and efficiency of your equipment have a direct impact on the profitability of your business. So we developed the ZX38U-5 to be fast, powerful and fuel-efficient.

An advanced energy-saving system combines the ECO mode, auto idle and isochronous control features to significantly reduce fuel consumption. It also brings the additional benefits of lower noise levels and emissions. The new engine is paired with an electric governor, and working with the efficient hydraulic system, it ensures that this mini excavator works with less fuel than the previous Zaxis model (15% less in PWR mode), while maintaining high levels of productivity.

Case studies

La Calenzano Asfalti in Italy ordered a ZX38U-5 to work on general and road construction projects, as well as utilities and job sites in places of historic interest. Owner Fulvio Taiuti says: “Hitachi is the best brand in a market that is saturated with so many similar makes and models of construction machinery.

“The ZX38U-5 has a good price/quality mix and offers exceptional value for money. We are also happy with the levels of safety and productivity that it delivers. Like our other Hitachi machines, it is very reliable, operates in a refined way and has an elegant design. It works an average of nine hours a day and is versatile enough to use buckets, breakers and other attachments.”

Operator Massimo Severi has 30 years’ experience and has worked with La Calenzano Asfalti in Italy for five years. “The ZX38U-5 is the perfect machine for me and delivers excellent value for a machine of its size,” he says. “The stability is good and it is very precise, even when breaking stone. I am also using the bucket to move soil and level off the surface. There is ample space in the cab for me and I have found it to be very quiet.”


  • Model CodeZX38U-5A
  • Engine Rated Power (kW)21.2 kW (28.4 HP)
  • Operating weight (kg)3 770 – 4 170 kg
  • Backhoe Bucket ISO Heaped0.10 m³
  • Max. digging depth (mm)3 060 – 3 460 mm
  • Bucket digging force (kN) ISO27.1 kN


  • Entry level

    If you require a Hitachi mini excavator for straightforward excavation tasks, the basic machine will perform perfectly.

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  • Mid-spec

    If you need added versatility, this Hitachi mini excavator is fitted with a quick coupler for switching attachments easily, and it can be used with buckets of different shapes and sizes for a variety of tasks.

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  • High-spec

    A truly multifunctional machine, this Hitachi mini excavator acts as an effective tool carrier for a wide variety of demanding jobs. Suitable for use with a range of hydraulic attachments, it can be controlled using auxiliary function levers or foot pedals, depending on your preference.

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  • Custom

    Your Hitachi mini excavator can also be built to include specifications selected by you.

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