Hitachi UH083 What should I know about them?
I have been lurking here for a long time but just never needed to post. Most everything I wondered about has been covered in existing threads until now. There is very little info here or anywhere on the net that I can find about the old Hitachi equipment.
I'm thinking of buying a UH083 for use on the farm taking out fence lines, removing stumps [rarely over 30", normally 10 - 15"] occasional excavation for foundations or basements and cleaning of drainage ditches. The old girl has a 42" bucket with a mechanical thumb, as far as I can tell it's not the LC model and shows less than 3,000 hours!?!? Pins and bushings seem tight, it tracks straight and the swing seems tight. The undercarriage looks pretty good and I can almost believe the 3,000 hours showing [still skeptical though].
I would like to hear from you guys who know what the good, bad and ugly is about this machine.
I think the UH series Hitachi's were what really brought Hitachi to the forefront in excavators back in the day. The numbers were odd though. The UH083 (Japan) was the same as the UH07-7 (USA) and the UH122 is the next size up. In their day Hitachi sold 1 out of every 4 excavators.
One of the best excavators Hitachi ever made. I put 11000 hours on the meter in 4 years with 99% availability. None of today's machines will do that, not even the ZX series.
What type of work were you doing for 11000 hours ? That's 10.5 hours a day Monday through Friday for 4 years ? not including any holidays or maintenance.
Earthworks, drainage demolition, stockpile gravel. That machine never stopped. If a job site got to wet to work then it was shifted to another. A usual work day was 10 hours and 6 on Saturdays but plenty of times it was cranked at 430 am and shut down around 1030 pm for months during summer.
Last edited by Tones; 01-11-2017 at 10:40 PM.