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.
The eight new machines - the 135, 155, 175, 190 and 205 skid steers and the 150T, 190T and 205T compact track loaders - complement JCB's nine large-platform New Generation models launched in November 2010. These smaller skid models are more maneuverable in tight, confined areas and are easily transported from jobsite to jobsite. However, they don't sacrifice power, safety, comfort or productivity.
According to John Patterson, JCB North Americas CEO and JCB Group deputy chairman, the small-platform machines are designed to meet the needs of a growing market.
"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-percent market coverage," Patterson said. "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. By introducing these small platform machines, JCB is well-positioned to answer the unique needs of skid steer and compact track loader customers worldwide."
Radial- and vertical-lift options. 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. Serviceability is always an important consideration when purchasing heavy equipment. JCB's small-platform skid steers and compact track loaders offer innovative, high-tech electro-hydraulic servo controls to 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 skid steers and track loaders have 38-percent-fewer parts, 25-percent-fewer leak paths and O-ring face seal fittings throughout, simplifying maintenance and virtually eliminating the possibility of hydraulic leaks.
Safety. As with all JCB machines, the new small-platform New Generation skid steers and compact track loaders offer unmatched 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 operators visibility to 270 degrees, a tremendous improvement over the 160-degree visibility offered by traditional skid steers.
Comfort. When it comes to operator comfort, the JCB New Generation machines are second to none. JCB's claims its cabs are 46-percent larger than those offered by the average competitive machine. The operator compartments come standard with a mechanical suspension seat with an option for a heated, air suspension seat with adjustable arm pods. Because a comfortable operator is a more productive operator, machines have the option of a fully enclosed cab with heat and air con. 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.