Gehl Intros Fuel-Saving Compact Excavator


With Tier 4 technology on the rise, everyone is focusing on fuel savings, including Gehl.

The company has released the Z45 GEN:2 compact excavator, which includes a variety of changes from the previous Z45 model.

The Z45 GEN:2 is equipped with a 37.7 horsepower (28.1 kW) electronically-controlled Yanmar Tier IV emissions-certified diesel engine, which provides up to 20 percent less fuel consumption than the previous Z45 model and features an electronic throttle for precise control.

The machine includes ECO mode and auto deceleration. ECO mode will reduce the engine speed by 10 percent and auto deceleration mode helps fuel economy, lowers noise levels and reduces emissions by decreasing the engine speed to idle after four seconds without hydraulic movement.

As for the operator, the controls now include a proportional auxiliary hydraulic rocker switch, which allows the operator to adjust the hydraulic flow. The operators can also select standard ISO or an optional backhoe control pattern.

A digital display shows recordable maintenance history with adjustable time intervals and reminders. The unit also records hours used for the past 90 days and can be monitored without starting the engine.

The cabin features a four-way adjustable seat for custom height, weight and backrest positions with a retractable belt. There is also an optional cab enclosure, with heat or heat/air-conditioning systems, and an adjustable suspension seat and arm rests. 

Swing-out doors on the back and right-hand side of the machine provide tool-free access for maintenance. These compartments reveal the engine, as well as the radiator, oil cooler, battery and fuses.



Operator’s Station 


Weight – Canopy/Cab (kg)

10,417/10,814 lbs. (4725/4905)

Digging Depth (mm)


Net Power (kW)

37.7 hp (28.1)

Width (mm)

6’4.4″ (1940)

Bucket Breakout (kg)

6497 lbs. (2947)


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