Wacker Nauson EZ80: Modern quality package

Wacker Nauson EZ80 was a winner of the comparison.
Wacker Nauson EZ80 was a winner of the comparison. Kuva: Arto Turpeinen
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The Wacker Neuson was the clear winner in the end, as the machine was number one in the test operator assessment and number two in the technical assessment.

The Wacker Neuson EZ80 was only brought onto the market about two years ago, while the competitor models, aside from minor innovations, have remained more or less the same for several years.

This is evident, for example, in the operator's cab, which is particularly modern and quiet. The noise level of the fan was not excessive. The airconditioning system was one of the strongest of the test group. Also the display is large, in line with current requirements, and offers good readability. The seat is covered with a comfortable fabric and can be moved in the longitudinal direction together with the joysticks. Nevertheless, the pedal for the swivel joint was found to be too small and difficult to operate by the test operators.

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The engine of the machine was the smallest in the test. The kilowatt count is 36.3, while the strongest engines in the test had more than 50 kilowatts. The fuel consumption when digging the cable trench was the smallest, but the Wacker Neuson was still able to keep up with the force measurements quite well. The swing power of the revolving superstructure was the best in the test. The tipping load, especially the lateral tipping load, was low.

The undercarriage of the EZ80, on the other hand, was surprisingly weak, as the machine came last in the tractive force and travel speed measurements.

Although the Wacker Neuson LUDV hydraulic valve unit, with a pump, is very accurate, some test operators would have wished for a bit more speed on the spot. A more detailed description of the valve unit can be found in Koneviesti Issue 13/2016. The Wacker Neuson has many small and interesting details, such as the headlights fixed on the edge of the revolving superstructure. The overall package is of very high quality - for example, the working comfort is at the level of larger machines.

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  • Quiet and modern operator's cabin
  • Low fuel consumption price/performance ratio
  • Low travel speed and low tractive force
  • Tipping loads
  • Battery difficult to access

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