Z27 Compact Excavator

  • Maximum Digging Depth (mm): 9' 0.3" (2750)
  • Net Power (kW): 21.6 hp (16.1)
  • Ground Contact Pressure Cab/Canopy (kPa): 5.2/5.0 psi (36.0/34.6)
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Gehl Z27 Compact Excavator

Operator's Cabin

Gehl Z27 Compact Excavator Operator Station

The Z27 Compact Excavator is available in canopy or cab configurations, allowing you to tailor the machine to meet your specific work environment.

  • Walk-through canopy for easy entry and exit.
  • Optional cab enclosure with heat system provides protection in extreme weather conditions.
  • Adjustable suspension seat and armrests provide personalized comfort.
  • Excellent visibility in all directions allows safe and efficient operation. Rear mirror provides a view of the back and side of the machine for additional safety.
  • Work lights and integrated boom light enhances the operator’s view after dark.


The controls on the Z27 is ergonomically designed and easy to use.

  • Large travelling pedals are easy to press and allow confident, reliable work.
  • Pilot operated joystick controls are operated by simple wrist movements, reducing fatigue during a long workday.
  • One-way auxiliary functions can be controlled by a foot pedal or joystick buttons, allowing optimal control of high-flow attachments such as compactors or breakers.
  • The operator can easily select from ISO or standard operating control patterns with the flip of a mechanical lever.
Gehl Z27 Joystick Controls


Gehl Z27 Excavator Boom

Rugged, high-strength boom incorporates features to protect and extend the life of moving parts and components.

  • Precision welded boom is constructed with thick side plates that are reinforced by contoured transition plates.
  • Heavy-duty sliding cylinder guards protect exposed cylinder rods from damage.
  • Integrated boom light illuminates the work area and allows for safe and effective operation after dark.
  • Reliable single pin boom mount design for optimal durability and component life.


The undercarriage of the Z27 was designed with serviceability and longevity in mind.

  • Wide track gauge and an offset track drive system increase stability without adding to overall track width.
  • Staggered tread and mandrel design combined with shorter track pitch reduces vibration.
  • Long tracks provide a smoother ride over rough terrain.
  • Tracks are short-pitched to reduce wear, fatigue and damage.
  • Angled crawler frame reduces soil buildup on the undercarriage, extending the life of rollers and tracks.
Gehl Z27 Tracks


Gehl Z27 Compact Excavator Engine Access

The Z27 Compact Excavator is built around a powerful, reliable emission-certified Yanmar diesel engine.

  • Proven technology provides reliable operation and a fuel efficient system.
  • Easy-starting, even in cold weather without the need for block heaters or starting fluid.
Make Yanmar
Model Interim Tier IV
Type Diesel
Displacement (L) 81.13 cu.in. (1.33)
Net Power (kW) @ rpm 21.6 hp (16.1) @ 2,200
Fuel Tank (L) 11.1 gal. (42)
Fuel Consumption (L/hr) 0.95 gal./hr. (3.6)


The advanced hydraulic system on the Z27 provides long-lasting, efficient power precisely when you need it.

  • Hydraulic system is designed to enhance engine performance, resulting in a more efficient system.
  • Two variable pumps and two gear pumps combine oil and redirect the flow to where it is needed, allowing for simultaneous operation without loss of power.
  • Smooth operation, even while using the boom and arm during turning.
  • Auxiliary hydraulic valve, tubing and hoses with flat faced coupler connections are standard equipment.
  • Two-way and one-way auxiliary flow valve with direct-to-tank bypass valve feature is standard equipment.
Pumps 2 variable, 2 gear
Total Flow Rate (L/min) 25.56 gpm (96.8)
Working Pressure (bar) 2,990 psi (206)
Swing System Pressure (bar) 2,844 psi (196)
Oil Cooler Standard
Hydraulic Tank (L) 9.5 gal. (36)
Gehl Z27 Excavator Hydraulics


  • The large, rear hood opens easily to expose the battery, engine oil, air filter and cooling system.
  • Remove the right-hand step to reveal the hose joint at the front of the frame.
  • The right-hand side cover is easily removed with just two bolts. Remove the top right hand side to easily clean behind the radiator.
  • A cover on top of the unit on the right side makes it easy to access to the fuel supply.
  • The access panel beneath the operator’s seat easily opens to reveal the starter motor, fuse panel, alternator and fan belt.
Gehl Z27 Service Access
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Specifications (standard)


Operating Weight with Canopy 6,946 lbs.
Operating Weight with Cab 7,231 lbs.
A  Max. Digging Depth 9'0.3"
B  Max. Vertical Wall Digging Depth 7'8.5"
C  Max. Reach at Ground Level 15'0.7"
D  Transport Length 13'7"
E  Undercarriage Length 6'7.1"
F  Max. Digging Height 15'1.9"
G  Max. Dump Height 9'6.6"
H  Minimum Front Swing Radius 6'11.5"
I  Transport Height 8'2.8" 
J  Blade Below Ground 1'0.6"
K  Overall Base Width 5'1"
L  Track Width 10.2"
M  Ground Clearance 1'0.6"
N  Parallel Offset Right 2'8.9"
O  Parallel Offset Left 1'7.3"
P  Rear End Swing Radius 2'6.5"


Make Yanmar
Model 3TNV82A-SBV Interim Tier IV
Type Diesel
Displacement  81.13 cu.in. 
Net Power @ rpm 21.6 hp @ 2200
Fuel Tank  11.1 gal. 
Fuel Consumption  0.95 gal./hr

Hydraulic System

Pumps 2 variable, 2 gear
Total Flow Rate  25.56 gpm 
Working Pressure  2,990 psi 
Swing System Pressure  2,844 psi 
Oil Cooler Standard
Hydraulic Tank  9.5 gal. 

Undercarriage and Slewing System

Travel Speed - dual 1.7/2.9 mph
Gradability 20°
Track Type/Width Rubber/10.2"
Number of Rollers per Side (Track/Idle) 4/1
Undercarriage Length 6'7"
Track Length on Ground 5'8.1"
Ground Clearance 12.6"
Ground Pressure - Cab/Canopy 5.2/5.0 psi
Slew Speed 10 rpm
Maximum Drawbar Pull 5,508 lbs.
Maximum Bucket Breakout 5,732 lbs.
Maximum Arm Digging Force 3,527 lbs.

Dozer Blade

Width - extended/retracted 5'1"
Height 13.6"
Gehl Z27 Excavator Specifications Diagram

Specifications (metric)


Operating Weight with Canopy 3150 kg
Operating Weight with Cab 3280 kg 
A  Max. Digging Depth 2750 mm
B  Max. Vertical Wall Digging Depth 2350 mm
C  Max. Reach at Ground Level 4590 mm
D  Transport Length 4140 mm
E  Undercarriage Length 2010 mm
F  Max. Digging Height 4620 mm
G  Max. Dump Height 2910 mm
H  Minimum Front Swing Radius 2120 mm
I  Transport Height 2510 mm
J  Blade Below Ground 320 mm
K  Overall Base Width 1550 mm
L  Track Width 260 mm
M  Ground Clearance 320 mm
N  Parallel Offset Right 835 mm
O  Parallel Offset Left 490 mm
P  Rear End Swing Radius 775 mm


Make Yanmar
Model 3TNV82A-SBV Tier IV
Type Diesel
Displacement  1.33 L
Net Power @ rpm 16.1 kW @ 2200
Fuel Tank  42 L
Fuel Consumption (L/hr) 3.6 L/hr

Hydraulic System

Pumps 2 variable, 2 gear
Total Flow Rate  96.8 L/min
Working Pressure  206 bar
Swing System Pressure  196 bar
Oil Cooler Standard
Hydraulic Tank  36 L

Undercarriage and Slewing System

Travel Speed - dual 2.8/4.7 km/hr
Gradability 20°
Track Type/Width Rubber/260 mm
Number of Rollers per Side (Track/Idle) 4/1
Undercarriage Length 2010 mm
Track Length on Ground 1730 mm
Ground Clearance 320 mm
Ground Pressure - Cab/Canopy 36.0/34.6 kPa
Slew Speed 10 rpm
Maximum Drawbar Pull 2498 kg
Maximum Bucket Breakout 2600 kg
Maximum Arm Digging Force 1600 kg

Dozer Blade

Width - extended/retracted 1550 mm
Height 345 mm
Gehl Z27 Excavator Specifications Diagram



Electric Grid Heater Starting Aid Standard
Yanmar, Naturally-Aspirated Diesel Engine Standard

Hydraulic System

Power-A-Tach® Hydraulic Quick-Attach System Standard
Factory Installed Hydraulic Thumb Attachment Optional
Hydraulic Pumps 4
ISO/SAE Pattern Control Valve Standard
Two-way Auxiliary Hydraulics with Quick Couplers and Direct-to-Tank Bypass Valve Standard


Rubber Tracks Standard
Selectable 2-Speed Transmission Standard
Track Rollers 4


360° Continuous Movement Standard
ROPS/TOPS/FOPS Cab/Canopy Standard
Zero-tail-Swing Standard

Operator Station

Enclosed Cab Optional
Canopy Standard
3" Safety Belt Optional
Adjustable Armrests - height and angle Standard
Forearm Supports Standard
Adjustable Suspension Seat Standard
Horn Standard


Boom Work Lights Standard


Gehl stands behind its products with a powerful warranty program. We know that Gehl equipment is put to the test each day, and we engineer and build our equipment to stand up to the challenges they face. To back up our commitment to quality, all Gehl equipment is backed by a twelve month warranty. An extended warranty is available for additional protection to your investment. Read more by clicking on the link to our warranty page below.

Gehl Warranty

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