JCB adds to its small platform machines

  • 10-Apr-2012 04:07 EDT
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By combining productivity and fuel efficiency with a lower cost of ownership and safer operation, JCB’s small platform skid steers and compact track loaders are for applications ranging from construction and landscaping to agriculture and beyond.

JCB has added to its new-generation skid steer and compact track loader line with the addition of eight new small platform machines—the 135, 155, 175, 190, and 205 skid steers and the 150T, 190T, and 205T compact track loaders.

According to the company, the smaller skid models are more maneuverable in tight, confined areas and are easily transported from job site to job site while not sacrificing power, safety, comfort, or productivity.

“With this launch of these new small platform machines, we now offer 17 models in our skid steer range—both wheeled and tracked with radial and vertical lift designs—providing 97% market coverage,” said John Patterson, JCB North America’s CEO and JCB Group Deputy Chairman.

And that market may be getting bigger. “While the majority of these machines are sold in North America, international demand for smaller skid steers and track loaders is growing at a fast pace," he said. "These small platform machines [position] JCB to answer the unique needs of skid steer and compact track loader customers worldwide.”

The 135, 155, and 150T machines feature radial lift, which offers improved digging geometry for heavy loading applications. Because they contain fewer pins and bushings, radial lift machines perform well in high-cycle applications such as waste, recycling, and demolition. The 175, 190, 205, 190T, and 205T models offer vertical lift, which provides maximum reach at full height—an important consideration when loading dump trucks, lifting pallets, or using an auger attachment.

Serviceability is always an important consideration when purchasing heavy equipment. JCB says it small platform machines provide 21% or better serviceability than competitive models. Innovative electrohydraulic servo controls minimize the potential for leaks while improving both service access and machine controllability. A large-opening rear door with a tilting cooling pack provides the best total access for daily service and routine maintenance.

A tilting cab offers unrestricted access to the machine’s inner workings when more detailed maintenance is required. Overall, these machines have 38% fewer parts, 25% fewer leak paths and O-ring face seal fittings throughout, simplifying maintenance, and virtually eliminating the possibility of hydraulic leaks.

With JCB’s Powerboom design, these machines feature a unique side-entry door that allows operators to enter and exit the machines without crawling over any attachments. This design also increases the operator’s visibility to 270°, compared to the 160° visibility JCB says is offered by its competitors.

JCB’s cabs are also 46% larger than those offered by the average competitive machine, it says. The operator compartments come standard with a mechanical suspension seat with an option for a heated, air suspension seat with adjustable arm pods. Machines have the option of a fully enclosed cab with heat and air conditioner. The machine cabs are also sealed and pressurized to help eliminate dirt and dust ingress. Ergonomically positioned controls and instrumentation help to further reduce operator fatigue.

While safety, comfort, and serviceability are important factors to consider when purchasing a skid steer or compact track loader, prospective owners also place great emphasis on machines that improve productivity. JCB offers 31 families of attachments that can handle virtually any application, greatly enhancing the productivity of its skid steers and compact track loaders. The eight new small platform models are also available with an optional hydraulic quick-hitch that enables operators to change out attachments in the field 33% faster.

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