Launch pad: full details of JCB's next-gen line-up

Everything you need to know about JCB’s latest range of machines

JCB unveiled a plethora of next-gen machines at its international press conference in the United Kingdom.
JCB unveiled a plethora of next-gen machines at its international press conference in the United Kingdom.
The JCB 65R-1 is a reduced-tail-swing, 6.5-tonne midi-excavator.
The JCB 65R-1 is a reduced-tail-swing, 6.5-tonne midi-excavator.
At 50 tonnes, the JS500 is the largest tracked excavator in the JCB stable.
At 50 tonnes, the JS500 is the largest tracked excavator in the JCB stable.
The 20-tonne JS20MH is a materials handling wheeled excavator with an impressive hydraulically raised cab.
The 20-tonne JS20MH is a materials handling wheeled excavator with an impressive hydraulically raised cab.
With a maximum reach of 20m, JCB's 540-200 Loadall telehandler is an impressive sight when fully extended.
With a maximum reach of 20m, JCB's 540-200 Loadall telehandler is an impressive sight when fully extended.
The InteliHybrid is JCB's first-ever diesel-electric hybrid generator.
The InteliHybrid is JCB's first-ever diesel-electric hybrid generator.
The 422ZX is a mid-weight wheel loader developed by JCB for arduous applications in emerging markets.
The 422ZX is a mid-weight wheel loader developed by JCB for arduous applications in emerging markets.
The JCB VM117D roller requires fewer passes than its predecessor to achieve material density requirements.
The JCB VM117D roller requires fewer passes than its predecessor to achieve material density requirements.
Designed for end users operating in emerging economies, the 3CXG is JCB's entry-level take on the classic 3CX backhoe loader.
Designed for end users operating in emerging economies, the 3CXG is JCB's entry-level take on the classic 3CX backhoe loader.

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Last week, PMV Middle East travelled to the United Kingdom to attend JCB’s international press conference.

During the course of the event, the British equipment manufacturer unveiled a smorgasbord of its next-gen machines. From giant excavators to portable gensets, JCB pulled off a spectrum-spanning reimagining of its construction equipment range.

What’s more, many of the firm’s latest releases have been specifically designed to cater to end users in emerging markets such as the GCC.

Unfortunately, the sheer quantity of models that were announced during the conference precluded us from publishing full details of the range overhaul in the printed magazine, but the internet is a magical place.

So, without further ado, here is a comprehensive rundown of JCB’s next-gen machinery line-up…

MIDI-EXCAVATORS

JCB added a brand-new, low-tail-swing excavator to its ‘midi’ line-up on the first evening of its international press conference. The JCB 65R-1 complements the 67C-1, which was unveiled by the manufacturer at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014. These six-tonne-class excavators join JCB’s eight-tonne 86C-1 and 85Z-1 models in the midi range.

65R-1
When slewed by 90°, the JCB 65R-1 boasts a track overhang of just 185mm. Even so, at 6.5 tonnes, this midi-excavator offers a potent mixture of stability and lift capacity.

The unit features a four-plate dipper design and internal baffle plates to ensure that it can handle heavier-duty applications.

Rob White, product sales manager at JCB, said: “This is the most productive and most powerful machine in its class. The ‘65’ stands for its weight; it weighs just over 6.5 tonnes. The ‘R’ stands for reduced tail swing, so you get the best of both worlds.”

For further details, check out PMV’s full write-up of the JCB 65R-1 midi-excavator.

SPECS
Engine: Perkins (Stage III A compliant)
Hydraulics system: JCB/Bosch Rexroth
Greasing interval: 500 hours

TRACKED EXCAVATORS

JCB showcased six tracked excavators during its international press conference. The releases spanned the breadth of the heavier end of the spectrum, from the JS205 20-tonne bruiser to the manufacturer’s range-topping, 50-tonne behemoth, the JS500.

As you’d expect, all of the models offer substantial improvements over their predecessors in terms of fuel efficiency and cost of operation, but JCB has taken pains to ensure that productivity levels are not impacted.

“Our extensive range of JS excavators is becoming more and more popular with customers,” commented Mick Mohan, group engineering director at JCB.

JS205
This 20-tonne tracked excavator features a redesigned, heavy-duty boom and dipper. JCB has also worked to strengthen the machine’s dig end, enabling it to excavate bigger, deeper sections. The unit also features reverse-cap stems for extra durability and productivity.

SPECS
Engine: 5.9L six-cylinder Cummins
Power rating: 104kW
Tear-out force: 13,000kgf
Operating weight: 20 tonnes

JS220
Moving up the weight range slightly, the 22-tonne JS220 model boasts the same power rating as its predecessor, despite offering fuel efficiency improvements in excess of 24%. This is owing to the machine’s 4.8L Tier 2 JCB Dieselmax engine, which produces 129kW of power. This particular excavator has been developed with an eye on emerging markets.

SPECS
Engine: 4.8L Tier 2 JCB Dieselmax
Power rating: 129kW
Operating weight: 22.4 tonnes

JS300
The 30-tonne JS300 has been designed for heavy-duty earthmoving applications. The machine is driven by a 165kW, six-cylinder Tier 2 JCB Diesel max engine, boasts a twin-variable displacement pump, and features a hydraulic system that automatically adjusts to the working mode as engine revs increase.

SPECS
Engine: Tier 2 JCB Dieselmax
Power rating: 165kW
Operating weight: 30 tonnes

JS330 and JS360
Also hailing from the 30-tonne weight range were JCB’s 33-tonne and 36-tonne JS330 and JS360 models. Both excavators sport six-cylinder, Tier 2 JCB Dieselmax engines and offer fuel savings of up to 25% compared to their predecessors.

JS500
This heavyweight tracked excavator (between 46 tonnes and 50 tonnes depending on the specification) is powered by a Tier 2 Isuzu engine. A power output of 228kW means that this behemoth is equipped to deal with the heaviest earthmoving applications, but with a transportation width of less than 3m, the JS500 is also surprisingly portable.

WHEELED EXCAVATORS

Although there were plenty of excavators for crawler fans, JCB didn’t neglect its range of wheeled models during the press conference. The manufacturer rolled out an array of tyre-clad units, from the 15-tonne JS145 to the 20-tonne JS20 materials handler.

JS145 and JS160
The 15-tonne JS145 and the 17-tonne JS160 both sport Tier 3 engines and boast JCB’s smart control system for optimised efficiency.

JS175 and JS200
The 18-tonne JS175 and the 20-tonne JS200 wheeled models also get the smart control treatment, but are available with Tier 2 engines for emerging and unregulated markets.

The machines’ seven-inch LCD displays allow for ease of operation, and working mode selection has been made simpler with JCB’s single rotary control.

The units also feature colour-coded bands to encourage users to work in the most economical zones, and to lower fuel consumption. A new ‘highway’ mode isolates the hydraulics from the excavators’ booms, arms, slews, stabilisers, and dozers, for safer, on-road travel.

JS20MH
JCB also showcased its JS20 materials handling model during the conference. Based on the aforementioned 20-tonne model, this machine is targeted at waste management firms with materials recycling centres.

The excavator’s undercarriage has been completely redesigned to incorporate a centralised slew turret. This configuration offers increased, 360° stability over conventional wheeled excavators, and facilitates increased accuracy during loading.

Moreover, a hydraulically raised cab offers optimised visibility, and its 5.7m straight boom can be fitted with a 4m goose-neck dipper for maximised reach.

TELEHANDLERS

During a tour of the British manufacturer’s museum, the tour guide proudly informed attendees that JCB produced the world’s first telescopic handler. This heritage was certainly evident during the product launch, as the company unveiled four updated models from its Loadall range.

Speaking at the launch, Tim Burnhope, JCB’s chief innovation and growth officer, commented: “37 years since its ground-breaking launch, the JCB Loadall still delivers the unique combination of lift, reach, and capacity. With multifunctional versatility – a product that was borne out of innovation – we continue to push the boundaries of Loadall capacity and capability.”

560-80
JCB’s 560-80 Loadall is powered by a Tier 3 JCB Dieselmax engine, which delivers 97kW of power. With a maximum load capacity of six tonnes and a lift height of 7.9m, the telehandler can be used to move bulk to significant heights. The model can also be fitted with a 5m3 shovel.

SPECS
Engine: Tier 3 JCB Dieselmax
Power rating: 97kW
Maximum lift height: 7.9m
Maximum lift capacity: 6 tonnes

540-200
The JCB 540-200 Loadall certainly represented one of the highlights of the event. With the ablity to lift loads to 20m, this is the highest-reach Loadall telescopic handler ever to be produced by the British manufacturer. The unit can be purchased with a 74kW Tier 2 or Tier 3 engine, or an 84kW Tier 3 engine.

SPECS
Engine: Tier 2 or Tier 3 JCB Dieselmax
Power rating: 74kW (Tier 2 or Tier 3) / 84kW (Tier 3)
Maximum lift height: 20m
Boom stages: 5

516-40
JCB’s 516-40 Loadall sits at the compact end of the spectrum, and has been designed to “go anywhere”. The all-wheel-drive model is able to operate in confined spaces, yet offers a lift capacity of 1.6 tonnes to a maximum height of 4m.

SPECS
Engine: 2.2L JCB Diesel by Kohler
Power rating: 36.6kW
Turning circle: 2.8m
Maximum lift height: 7.9m
Maximum lift capacity: 1.6 tonnes

535-140
The 535-140 is the latest Loadall from JCB’s high-vis line-up, and boasts a 10% improvement in visibility over its predecessor. The model also features a more compact rear chassis design, which reduces rear overhang by 90mm for improved manoeuvrability.

SPECS
Engine: Tier 2 or Tier 3 JCB Dieselmax
Power rating: 75kW
Lift capacity: 500kg to 1,000kg (depending on work platform)

GENERATORS

JCB started to make generator sets shortly after it initiated production of its own Dieselmax engines eight years ago. During this short period of time, JCB Power Products has grown to produce 170 different models, from lightweight 1kVA petrol-powered units to huge 3,300kVA diesel generators.

The company expanded its QS range during the conference. All of the QS additions operate at the European standard of 50Hz, but are also available at 60Hz – the frequency used in markets such as the United States and Saudi Arabia.

These introductions were split into “small”, “mid-range”, and “high-power” units, and JCB also unveiled a novel, hybrid model during the event.

Small QS gensets
JCB’s smaller gensets have been tested to operate in temperatures above 45°C, and feature robust, all-metal canopy designes from just 750mm wide.

Jonathan Garnham, director and general manager of JCB Power Products, said: “As we all know, a compact design minimises transport and logistics costs for our customers. In fact, up to 38 generators can fit into a single 40-foot ISO container.”

• G20QS: 18kVA (14kW)
• G27QS: 25kVA (20kW)
• G45QS: 41kVA (33KW)

Mid-range QS gensets
Designed to stay cool in extreme heat, JCB’s mid-range gensets are tested to more than 50°C. Despite their compact size, these units boast 285L fuel tanks, allowing for up to 12 hours of continuous operation. The mid-range models are also available with Stage III A-compliant engines.

• G65QS: 59kVA (47kW)
• G9QS: 80kVA (64kW)
• G115QS: 115kVA (84kW)
• G140QS: 125kVA (100kW)

High-power QS gensets
Driven by six-cylinder JCB Dieselmax engines, the high-power line-up of gensets sport 400L fuel tanks for continuous 12-hour operation.

• G165QS: 150kVA (120kW)
• G200QS: 180kVA (144kW)
• G220QS: 200kVA (160kW)

InteliHybrid
The InteliHybrid is JCB’s first hybrid, diesel-electric generator set. The genset is designed to meet a range of off-grid power requirements across sectors such as construction, telecoms, agriculture, mining, and events.

“We have developed the world’s first intelligent, hybrid generator. Based on the QS generators, there are 24 high-capacity, deep-cycle battery cells stored in the base of the unit,” commented Garnham.

“The batteries are charged by the generator itself during periods of higher load, when the engine is operating most efficiently,” he added.

For further details, check out PMV’s full write-up of the JCB InteliHybrid generator set.

WHEEL LOADERS

Although wheel loaders didn’t feature heavily during JCB’s international press conference, the manufacturer did find time to squeeze in the introduction of a 12-tonne model for emerging markets.

422ZX
The 422ZX wheel loader is a mid-weight loading shovel developed specifically for arduous conditions in emerging markets. Powered by a 93kW Tier 2 JCB Dieselmax engine, the unit – which weighs just under 12 tonnes – is capable of delivering 525Nm of torque.

ZF automatic, smooth-shift transmission offers four forward speeds and three reverse ratios. The loader’s axles are equipped with a limited slip differential for powerful breakout and minimal tail slip.

SPECS
Engine: Tier 2 JCB Dieselmax
Power rating: 93kW
Torque: 525Nm
Hydraulic flow: 162 litres
Dump angle: 45°
Operating weight: 12 tonnes

COMPACTORS

As with wheel loaders, compactors only represented a minor segment of JCB’s product launch with the release of a single model.

VM117D
Weighing in at 11 tonnes, this single-drum vibratory roller comes with a 93kW Tier 2 JCB Dieselmax engine. The compactor’s variable-speed cooling fan works in conjunction with the engine to deliver fuel savings of up to 5%, according to its designers.

A smooth drum can be equipped to the VM117D with a two-or-three-piece shell kit for increased versatility. An optional padfoot drum is available for use in cohesive soil.

Optimised amplitude, frequency, centrifugal force, weight distribution, and a static linear mode mean that fewer passes are required to meet material density requirements; a key feature when it comes to contractors’ bottom lines.

SPECS
Engine: Tier 2 JCB Dieselmax
Power rating: 93kW
Drum types: smooth or padfoot

BACKHOE LOADERS

Backhoe loaders represented the climax of JCB’s international press conference, with three models and two novel attachments receiving the red-carpet treatment.

This, of course, should come as no surprise. The British manufacturer’s founder, Joseph Cyril Bamford, created the world’s first backhoe loader in 1953, and the line has formed the core of the JCB brand ever since.

1CXT
This small-scale, tracked backhoe loader was one of the most versatile models to be unveiled during the event. The 2.5-tonne unit delivers 36.3kW of power and 140Nm of torque, and crawlers enable it to reach places its wheeled counterpart – the 1CX – cannot.

“The 1CX and 1CXT integrate the manoeuvrability of a skid-steer with the productivity of a mini-excavator and the versatility of a backhoe loader,” explained Burnhope.

“The 1CXT has 14% greater bucket capacity than the wheeled 1CX, due in part to the 320mm tracks, delivering far better stability,” he added.

5CX Wastemaster
With the high-end 5CX backhoe loader as its base unit, JCB’s Wastemaster model has been designed for those operating within the waste and recycling industry.

The unit can move, load, lift, and place rubbish into high-sided containers. Using its backhoe arm, the machine can be used to grab and compact waste, and can even lift and transfer containers using JCB’s hook system.

SPECS
Engine: Tier 2 or Tier 3 JCB Dieselmax
Power rating: 74.5kW
Operating weight: 9.7 tonnes

3CXG
The 3CXG has been designed as an entry-level backhoe loader for emerging markets. The machine, which is based on JCB’s best-selling 3CX backhoe loader, is built to minimise the cost of ownership for end users working in arduous operating environments.

The 3CXG features strengthened loader arms, with a formed and welded design that’s robust and long lasting.

For further details, check out PMV’s full write-up of the JCB 3CXG backhoe loader.

Attachments
JCB unveiled a pair of novel attachments at the press conference to accompany its latest backhoe loader models. The Pothole Master, which is compatible with the JCB 3CX (and 3CXG), offers end users with a rapid, single-machine option for the repair of potholes. A 400mm patch planer is used to mend the tarmac, whilst a 2.5m-wide hydraulic sweeper – attached to the opposite end of the loader – cleans up any resultant debris.

The manufacturer’s Pole Master, meanwhile, has been developed specifically for the planting of telegraph poles in Africa. The attachment, which is compatible with JCB’s 3CX, 3DX, and 4CX backhoe loaders, boasts a rear-mounted auger to drill holes, and two V-shaped, front-mounted carrier brackets to plant poles. JCB’s Pole Master has proven capable of installing four telegraph poles per hour – up to four times faster than a 10-man team installing poles manually.

For comprehensive coverage of JCB’s international press conference, check out the October 2014 issue of PMV Middle East.

 

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