European regulations have recently changed towing rules, and JCB's new 8020 mini excavator was designed specifically to remain legally towable behind pickup trucks. It has an operating mass of 2060-kg (4542-lb) and features a reduced tailswing design that is shared by several other JCB mini excavators. It is tasked for small construction, landscaping, and utility work.
A 14-kW (19-hp) Tier 3 diesel is mounted longitudinally along the center of the machine. The fuel and hydraulic oil tanks are now at the rear, acting as counterweights. The cab is molded composite material, and the one-piece floor, vents, dashboard, and seat mounting are nonslip and easy to clean. It sits on four shock-reducing mountings for more comfortable operation.
Mounting the engine in the center requires that the rear cover must tilt back to access the central servicing point. Fluids and filters can be checked and changed without difficulty. The radiator is behind the engine and features a combined hydraulic oil cooler. The radiator can be tilted for easy cleaning, and the entire cab can be released for servicing.
Its fluid tanks are molded in plastic, reducing condensation, and the glass in the cab is flat, making replacement simple. The left armrest raises for access and also isolates track controls and boom servos for safety reasons.
Rather than running the hydraulic hoses along the boom, they are sent through the center. The boom is tubular, saving weight and improving visibility. The 8020 has a dipper tear-out force of 9.3 kN (2090 lb) and a bucket breakout force of 19 kN (4270 lb).
Standard tracks are Bridgestone rubber, but steel are available.