Zero-Tail-Swing Compact Excavator offers 9,419 lb bucket breakout.

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While powered by 47.6 hp, Tier IV-certified, turbocharged diesel engine with electronic throttle, 5.5 metric ton Z55 provides ECO mode and auto deceleration features that help conserve fuel. Proportional auxiliary hydraulic rocker switch lets operator adjust hydraulic flow for optimal attachment performance, and operator can select standard ISO or optional backhoe control pattern. Along with bidirectional 68° boom offset swing, features include angle blade with float and bolt-on cutting edge.

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Manitou Americas Releases GEHL Z55 Compact Excavator in North America

New 5.5 Metric Ton Model Strengthens Gehl’s Compact Excavator Line-up

• Gehl’s compact excavator line-up is now comprised of six models, ranging in size from 1.7 to 8 metric tons.

• Angle Blade with Float tilts 25 degrees in either direction to boost productivity and reduce backfilling time.



Operator’s Station Canopy/Cab

Weight – Canopy/Cab (kg) 11,850/12,247 lbs. (5375/5555)

Digging Depth (mm) 12' 9.5" (3900)

Gross Power (kW) 47.6 hp (35.5) @ 2400 rpm

Width (mm) 6' 6.3" (1990)

Bucket Breakout* (kg) 9,419 lbs. (4272)

*without quick coupler


Since entering the excavator market in 1987, Gehl has focused on providing the right mix of compact excavators for the market. The brand new addition to Gehl’s compact excavator line, the Z55, strengthens their North American excavator offering with its 5.5 metric ton size. This new model provides excellent performance while lowering fuel consumption and operating costs.

The new Z55 is equipped with a 47.6 hp (35.5 kW) Yanmar Tier IV-certified, turbocharged diesel engine which features an electronic throttle for precise control. Cost savings are made possible with the ECO mode and auto deceleration features. When activated by the flip of a switch inside the cab, ECO mode will reduce the engine speed by 10% without sacrificing power, while auto deceleration decreases the engine speed to idle after four seconds without hydraulic movement.

These two features provide a combined result of 20% reduction in fuel consumption. The operator’s station has many features to enhance productivity and controllability. The controls on the Z55 include a proportional auxiliary hydraulic rocker switch which enhances attachment options. This allows the operator to adjust the hydraulic flow for optimal attachment performance.

The operator can easily select standard ISO or an optional backhoe control pattern with a turn of a mechanical lever. A boom offset swing of 68 degrees in both directions allows for digging a square hole without repositioning the machine. An integrated digital display located in a highly-visible area features recordable maintenance history with adjustable time intervals and reminders. The display unit also records hours used for the past 90 days and can be monitored without starting the engine.

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An angle blade with float and bolt-on cutting edge is a factory installed option. Using the rocker switch on the blade lever, the hydraulic angle blade can be angled 25 degrees to push material aside as the machine moves forward, eliminating the need for repetitive repositioning. The blade can be simultaneously angled and raised or lowered to reduce the amount of time backfilling.

The operator’s station offers multiple ergonomic and convenience features. A 4-way adjustable seat offers custom height, weight and backrest positions with a retractable belt. An optional cab enclosure, with heat or heat/air-conditioning systems, provides comfort and protection in extreme weather conditions. The front window can be stowed overhead for additional air flow when weather permits, and also increases visibility and communication with bystanders when needed.

Tool-free component access is made possible by large swing-out doors on the back and right-hand side of the machine. These compartments reveal the entire engine and daily maintenance points; radiator, oil cooler, battery and fuses. Remove the cab floor panels, kick plates and tip the seat back to reveal the starter, alternator, fuses, control module and control valve. A left-side front panel reveals the control pattern selector and the left-side rear panel is a handy lockable toolbox for operator necessities.


The Gehl Z55 zero-tail-swing compact excavator is positioned in the North American market to meet the needs of construction, utilities, telecommunication, landscaping and rental. Gehl Zero-Tail-Swing Compact Excavators excel in applications such as grading and excavating, trenching, digging, demolition and recycling, cabling and light utility construction. Their compact nature and zero-tailswing design make them ideal in situations where space is limited.


“The new Z55 compact excavator is the latest addition to Gehl’s growing excavator line. The Z55 is a step up from the Z45 GEN:2, with 19% more power and 10% more dig depth,” says Nathan Ryan, Product Manager for Gehl Compact Excavators. “Like all Gehl compact excavators, the Z55 offers zero-tail-swing to aid in safe and damage-free operation on the jobsite. The Z55 comes standard with Gehl’s Power-A-Tach® pin grabbing coupler, allowing a single operator to switch buckets in a matter of seconds. An optional, angling dozer blade with float can be added to reduce back-fill time. The Z55 also includes ECO mode and auto idle, which provide up to a 20% reduction in fuel consumption. Contractors and operators that are looking for efficiency and extra capacity are sure to find it with the new Z55.”

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Manitou Group, world-leader in all-terrain materialhandling, designs, manufactures, distributes and services equipment for construction, agriculture and the industries. The group product ranges encompass: telehandlers, allterrain, semi-industrial and industrial masted forklifts, skid steers, track loaders, articulated loaders, access platforms, truck-mounted forklifts, warehousing equipment and attachments.

Through its core brands, Manitou, Gehl, and Mustang, together with its international network of 1.400 independent dealers, the group provides the best solutions delivering highest value for its customers.

Headquartered in France, the group registered in 2013 a revenue of €1.2 billion in 140 countries, and employs 3.300 people all committed to satisfying customers.

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