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Kawasaki Loaders

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by billyd, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. billyd

    billyd Member
    Messages: 42

    Been looking at a 1997 Kawasaki 60Z IV, 8100 hours excellent shape always stored inside, needs bucket bushings,and steering ram seal... $20K.. has anyone ever operate one.? It seems to be fairly simple to operate and maintain...
     
  2. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    I have a 2004 60z, very comfortable machine. Compared to my Hyundai 740-7 it lacks power & weight, with a 12' pusher instead of the 14' it is better but for my uses it is a little on the small side.
     
  3. billyd

    billyd Member
    Messages: 42

    we been running backhoes for the past 5 years since we've grown and taken on bigger contracts. and the amount we spend on rentals in a season is well more than the 20K they want for this machine.so for us to go from a 85 hp machine to a 110 hp i'm hoping to save this season. we'll still have to rent 2 more hoes. but 2 rentals is alot cheaper than 4 rentals. still undecided on which blade to use with it tho. it's eiether gonna be the 12' scoop dog or the 14' protech. and of course our salesman is still waiting on the town that we buying the machine from to finalize the paperwork.
     
  4. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
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    You dont't want a 14' Protec, we started the season out with a 14' backhoe model. Then I bought a 12' IST at auction, it was a much better fit, but the machine spins alot, & lacks some power when it is full.
     
  5. 2005_Sierra

    2005_Sierra Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    we have a 99 65Z IV and its a decent machine, runs a 16' avalanche pusher during the winter and rarely runs out of power. But i will say its no where near as fast or heavy as our 938 or 621, but it gets the job done
     
  6. billyd

    billyd Member
    Messages: 42

    how many HP is the 65z.?
     
  7. 2005_Sierra

    2005_Sierra Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    134 hp based off info on ritchiespecs.com we did turn it up a little bit because we found it to he lite on power
     
  8. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
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    How does one "turn it up"
     
  9. billyd

    billyd Member
    Messages: 42

    haha my thoughts exactly.. is it safe to say that you advance the fuel injector?
     
  10. 2005_Sierra

    2005_Sierra Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    Its a mechanical injection pump and you can turn up the fuel relatively easy, remember this is a 5.9 cummins
     
  11. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
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    Thanks it's the same engine that's in my Hyundai 740 then. I have to see if my mechanic knows how to do it, doing that & maybe fluid fill the tires would probably make a huge difference then.
     
  12. billyd

    billyd Member
    Messages: 42

    now here comes the million dollar question... by advancing the pump isnt that going to jepordize fuel consumption.. and curious as to how many hours can you get out of a tank full with that 65.?
     
  13. 2005_Sierra

    2005_Sierra Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    We've never actually payed much attention to this, but I'd have to say between 20 and 25 pushing snow. And guessing 15 runnin it at the concrete plant