JCB Inc. chose its headquarters in Rocester, England, as the venue to preview the latest equipment models debuting at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2005.
Although some of what we saw will not be officially unveiled until the show, the company was willing to let us share the highlights about some of its latest innovations.
ZTS with a full-size cab
According to JCB, the JZ140 is the first 14-ton zero tailswing excavator to feature a full-sized, high-specification cab. The cab incorporates a deluxe suspension seat and engine management monitor that are fully adjustable.
Further improvements include reduced in-cab noise, a built-in mobile phone holder and charger, responsive heater and air conditioning system and even a cup holder.
Powered by a 98-hp engine, the JZ140 has a drawbar pull of 29,225 lbs. and a maximum travel speed of 3.3 mph. The latest AMS management system offers four selectable working modes. The AMS links the operator control movements with the engine and hydraulic systems, maximizing productivity while lowering operating costs and fuel consumption. The system also records operating history; this information can be downloaded to a laptop for facilitating service and monitoring machine operation.
The 56-in. rear tailswing and 81-in. front radius enable the JZ140 to work in tight areas not suitable for a conventional profile machine. The ZTS design also provides greater visibility over the rear, and enables use within a single lane of a road or highway or against a wall.
Curved side skirts and a high clearance over the tracks help to reduce the risk of damage to the superstructure, while guards shield the undercarriage hydraulics from debris. Cushion control on the boom and dipper services reduce wear on machine parts and provide a smoother ride.
A step-down service area provides comfortable access to the engine. Service access doors around the machine facilitate ground-level access to service points and remote test points. Additional features include a 500-hour first engine oil and filter service interval, 1,000-hour greasing intervals on boom-base and boom-to-dipper pins and a Plexus oil filtration system.
Upgrades to a proven design
Just prior to CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2002, JCB launched a completely restyled and redesigned family of backhoe-loaders. For 2005, it introduces a series of further improvements initially available for European models, with availability in the United States and Canada later this year.
When it introduced its Precision Control system in 2003, JCB offered a seat-mounted hydraulic pilot control system that enabled the operator to utilize the controls in whatever direction he or she was facing. It now introduces an upgraded version.
This new Precision Control system retains the seat-mounted levers, but the left- and right-hand pods will be mounted in a more comfortable operating position for a smooth transition from loader to backhoe operation. Activation of the controls when changing from loader to backhoe is also simplified. The button to activate the backhoe controls is on the right-hand lever, and a light illuminates to confirm the pods are active. Backhoe controls are not deactivated until the seat is rotated past the central cab post. When facing forward, you can operate the excavator by depressing a button on the front face of the right-hand lever.
A proportional roller, also positioned on the right-hand lever, allows precise control of the Extradig function. The left-hand lever now features a switch that governs the use of a hydraulic breaker or other auxiliary attachment.
Loader controls consist of a single lever with a proportional roller to operate auxiliary attachments. This provides a more accurate, responsive loader when operating a 6-in-1 bucket or other auxiliary attachments.
An increase in hydraulic pressure delivers 10% extra lifting capacity and breakout force to both the loader and backhoe. This allows for faster digging cycles over the previous design.
Models for Europe will be the first to incorporate the JCB-designed and manufactured mid-size engines. Units with the new engine will have an impact-resistant, one-piece hood design with two opening positions for daily maintenance or full service requirements. The hood also incorporates side vents to draw air into the built-in air precleaner system. A fuel precleaner is also included.
Further improvements to the backhoe-loaders, as well as more additions to the excavator family, can be viewed at the JCB booth at CONEXPO-CON/AGG.
Miller Electric Bobcat 250
The Bobcat 250 welding generator features a fully enclosed case and tough XENOY "protective armor" on the front panel.
Mikrofyn Laser and Machine Controls
Mikrofyn offers a variety of lasers and machine control systems featuring rugged, durable designs.
Finlay Hydrascreens Line
Finlay Hydrascreens offers a full line of scalping, screening and stockpiling plants, reclaimers, trommels and washing plants.
The DirtSquirt is a powerful yet portable wheel wash system designed for quarries, cement plants and jobsites where mud, cement and other materials can cause an environmental problem on streets and highways.
Hydro Engineering Hydrosite
The Hydrosite is a durable, environmentally friendly, portable wash rack system.
Kanga 7 Series Fat Track Model
The 7 Series Fat Track Model incorporates full-time non-marking tracks and increased ground clearance.
Dawson Universal Pile Extractors
The X400 and X1000 Universal Pile Extractors utilize two hydraulic cylinders acting on a common jaw assembly to extract practically any steel pile.
VMAC PREDATAIR60 Compressor
The PREDATAIR60 is a compact, hydraulic-driven, above-deck compressor.
Faria MG 2000 Display Device
The MG 2000 display device works with the electronic control computer on electronically-controlled, internal combustion engines.
Powerscreen Screening and Recycling Products
Powerscreen introduces three screening and recycling products.
Hobart McKay Welding Products
McKay welding products are designed to improve resistance against abrasion and impact and extend implement parts life.
Mark Systems AGILIS Software
AGILIS software integrates equipment asset management and job management into a fully featured construction accounting system.
The Screen Machine 4043T Crusher
The 4043T portable crushing plant features a curtain relief system that allows for remote blockage clearance during operation.
Terex/CMI PR950 Roto-Mill
The PR950 Roto-Mill Pavement Profiler makes cuts up to 15 in. deep with a standard full-lane cutting width of 86 in. at working speeds reaching 170 fpm.
Genie Z-135/70 Boom
The Z-135/70 articulating boom offers a maximum working height of 141 ft., horizontal outreach of 69 ft. 9 in. and up-and-over clearance of 75 ft. 6 in.
Bernard Welding Products
Bernard Welding Equipment introduces Centerfire MIG welding consumables and the Q-Gun line of MIG guns.
Kaeser M57 Mobilair
The 45-hp M57 Mobilair delivers 210 cfm at 100 psig.
Smith Dual-Guard Torch Kits
The Dual-Guard Torch features an in-head flash arrestor coupled with three-tube construction that keeps gases separate until they mix in the head.
Stellar 14528 Telescopic Crane
The 14528 telescopic crane has a 70,000-ft.-lb. capacity with a maximum double part line lifting capacity of 14,000 lbs.
Grove RT875E Rough-Terrain Crane
The 75-ton RT875E has a four-section, full-power boom capable of extending from 41 to 128 ft.
Global Equipment MASTERMAG SCB
The MASTERMAG SCB is an upgraded, long-life, permanent crossbelt overhead separator.
Leading Edge Multi-Rippers
Leading Edge offers the Sharc (shanks on an ARC) Multi-Ripper (MR) and Multi-Ripper bucket (MRB).
Stow Concrete Trowels
Stow’s four-blade, Honda-powered, walk-behind trowels are offered in 36- or 46-in.-diameter guard rings with power options ranging from 5.5 to 11 hp.
Metso Minerals Lokotrack Crusher and Screen
Metso Minerals introduces the Lokotrack LT200HP cone crusher and ST352 mobile screen.
HAMM HD O120V Asphalt Compactor
The HD O120V has a 78-in. drum width with an offset working width of 81.5 in.
Caterpillar TH210 and TH215 Telehandlers
The TH210 and TH215 telehandlers feature a low-profile design, side-mounted engine and low boom pivot point for improved operator line of sight during load carrying.
IMT Dominator Field Service Vehicle and Telescopic Crane
Iowa Mold Tooling (IMT) introduces several enhancements to its Dominator field service vehicle and telescopic crane.
Power Curbers Hydraulic Mold Lift
Power Curbers offers a hydraulic mold lift for use with the 5700-SUPER-B slipform machine.