Kawasaki is probably best known for motorcycles and small equipment in the North American market, but for the last 45 years, it has sold construction equipment as well. The Kawasaki brand has had great success with articulated wheel loaders, and the company continues to specialize in those. The newest model is the 70TMV-2, an integrated tool carrier and loader.
The drivetrain begins with a Cummins QSB 6.7-L turbocharged diesel that meets Tier 3 standards and provides 174 hp (130 kW). The engine is then matched to an automatic transmission with four forward and four reverse gears for a top speed of 23 mph (38 km/h). The outboard, dual-circuit wet disc brakes are fully hydraulic and tie into the dry hydraulic system, which uses cast-iron pumps designed to withstand dirt. The 70TMV-2 also comes standard with an early warning oil-analysis system to reduce unnecessary downtime.
Buckets between 3.2 to 3.6 yd3 (2.4 to 2.8 m3) are available and come with a variety of edges and teeth to meet customer demands. Four buckets are available, with up to 34,370 lb (153 kN) of breakout force. An extendable boom option increases versatility, and forks are also available.
Air-conditioning and in-cab diagnostics are standard. An adjustable de-clutch allows the location of the left brake pedal to be moved for comfort and ease of use. The optional K-Link system sends machine location, system alarms, and performance data via fax, e-mail, or text messages for efficient management. An air-ride seat, adjustable steering column, radio, and increased cab space add to increased operator comfort.
The tires are 23.5 x 25-16PR as standard, and damaging wheel spin is prevented by the torque-proportioning differentials. Other tires are available to match customer needs; low-profile tires are best for inside work, and special machine packages for logging and recycling are available.
A simple box-section frame and large center pin at the articulation point are designed for durability.