According to Jon Comrie, competency manager for utility products with Volvo Construction Equipment, a single-arm skid steer or compact track loader delivers the loading performance and durability of the traditional design, while improving operator safety, visibility and serviceability. Side-entry/exit of the cab — even with the loader arm lifted — eliminates the need for the operator to climb over a muddy or slippery bucket or attachment, he notes, and once in the cab, there's also no need to make an uncomfortable 180-degree turn in order to sit down.
Visibility is improved around the entire machine, especially to the rear because there’s no torque tube across the rear towers. All service and maintenance points on single-arm loaders are easy and safe to access through a forward-tilting cab and large rear compartment service door.
Comrie says single-arm Volvo skid steers are available with radial and vertical lift options. In either case, the single-arm loader design delivers strength and high-quality performance with a wide range of attachments such as buckets, pallet forks, dozer blades, rakes and more — providing more opportunity for year-round operation.
- Single loader tower arm design makes cab access easier and safer
- Entire cab can be tilted forward by the removal of just two bolts located inside the cab
- Choice of Tier 3 engines
JCB: New small-platform machines fill market niche
JCB is building upon the success of its New Generation skid steer and compact track loader line with the addition of eight new small-platform machines. These smaller skid models are more maneuverable in tight, confined areas and are easily transported from jobsite to jobsite. They don’t sacrifice power, safety, comfort or productivity, however. According to John Patterson, JCB North America’s CEO and JCB Group deputy chairman, the small platform machines are designed to meet the needs of a growing market.
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.
JCB’s small-platform machines provide optimum serviceability. Innovative, high-tech electro hydraulic 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.
As with all JCB machines, the new small-platform New Generation loaders offer safety, comfort, serviceability, productivity and total overall value. With JCB’s famous 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 degrees.
JCB offers 31 families of attachments that can handle virtually any application, greatly enhancing the productivity and money-making potential 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-percent faster.
By combining productivity and fuel-efficiency with a lower cost of ownership and safer operation, JCB’s small platform New Generation skid steers and compact track loaders offer industry-leading value in a wide variety of applications, from construction and landscaping to agriculture and beyond. “By adapting the design of our Loadall telescopic handlers and applying it to skid steer loaders, we continue to manufacture a much safer machine that doesn’t sacrifice performance or versatility,” says John Patterson, JCB North America’s CEO and JCB Group deputy chairman. “Our small platform skid steers and compact track loaders are simply another example of how JCB’s innovative spirit continues to help owners and operators meet today’s challenges head-on.