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JCB states that, whilst its 7FT Hi-Viz is slightly longer than a conventional 6-tonner, three units can be transported on a truck, while greater steering lock angles maintains manoeuvrability. Whilst it looks very low, the manufacturer claims that ground clearance is adequate. The machine is designed so that its chassis sits at the same height as the four-wheel drive system’s transfer box and drive shafts.

The distinctive skip provides a heaped capacity of 3.4m3 load capacity is 2.0m3

and its wet . Usefully, the combination of a longer wheelbase

and a lower skip greatly improves the centre of gravity when laden, providing greater stability on rough ground. To provide both oscillation and articulation, the machine has a dual-pin type centre pivot.

Power comes from a rear-mounted 55kW (74hp) JCB Ecomax diesel engine which does not require a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or use of AdBlue. The drive train also includes the manufacturer’s Powershuttle transmission and axles.

The ROPS/FOPS Level II cab incorporates a SIPS (Secondary Impact Protection System) designed to withstand impact from the bucket of a 20-tonne class excavator. At Plantworx, the prototype machine was equipped with Hammerglass screens, whilst steel lattice front screen and skip guards will also be available.

At present, confusion remains as to exactly what is needed on a dumper to enable its operator to safely remain in the cab whilst the machine is being loaded. So it is vital that the contributors to the dumper safety meetings formulate a protection standard that is endorsed by the HSE.

New type of skid steer

JCB has also introduced a new type of skid steer loader. Called the Teleskid, its side-mounted boom is telescopic in order to provide extra lift height (top hinge pin height of just over 4.0m) and forward reach (extended to 2.4m). Having a telescopic boom allows the machine to load higher sided vehicles, as well as being able to unload a truck from one side. It can also dig down below ground level, which will appeal to landscapers.

JCB’s new mini excavators comprise, from left, the 16C-1, 18Z-1 and the 19C-1.

Developed on JCB’s existing large platform chassis, there are new Teleskid machines available on both wheels and tracks in North America. However, somewhat surprisingly, the manufacturer is only initially launching the wheeled 3TS-8W in the UK. This machine is powered by a Stage IIIB emissions-compliant Ecomax engine rated at 55kW (74hp).

Mini excavator trio

JCB’s programme of updating its compact excavator line has now resulted in the launch of three ‘new generation’ models with operating weights from 1.6 to 1.8 tonnes. They include two conventional tail swing models, namely the hire industry orientated 16C-1 and the premium specification 19C-1, as well as JCB’s first zero tail swing mini in this size class, the 18Z-1. All three are powered by a transversely mounted 12.2kW (16.3hp) Perkins diesel engine and have load-sensing hydraulics.

The machines gain a completely re-designed excavator front end complete with internal hoses and a top-mounted boom ram. Interestingly, they have larger-diameter bucket pins than their predecessors so that they can pick up competitor’s attachments.

Designed after close consultation with UK hirers, these minis offer no fewer than ten tie-down points (six on the undercarriage and four on the upper structure). The dozer blade has been re-designed and there are standard and long arm options. Greasing intervals have been extended to 500 hours and easy-clean undercarriages are fitted, along with sloping track legs, to minimise material build-up.

The 16C-1 and 19C-1 can be specified with either a fully-certified ROPS and TOPS cab, with flat glass throughout, or with two or four-post canopies. The zero tail swing 18Z-1 does not have a cab option. All the machines have a rear counterweight that swings out to provide easy access to the engine bay and battery, with a separate, smaller access door for daily checks. The machines have durable all-steel body panels and the right-hand side panel opens wide to provide convenient access to the hydraulic and fuel tanks and the cooling package.

Fitted as standard is JCB’s 2Go selectable hydraulic cutout system, and options include seatbelt isolation, high visibility seatbelts and a green beacon to indicate the seat belts are being used. The premium 19C-1 model has the swing control and auxiliaries incorporated into the right-hand joystick to eliminate foot pedals and free up cab floor space. A low-flow circuit with electrically proportional controlled auxiliaries will also be available for optimum attachment control.

The Teleskid has been developed to provide more lift height and forward reach than a conventional skid steer.

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