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JCB launch new range of skid steer and compact track loaders at Conexpo 2011

JCB will launch an exciting new line of highly productive and reliable skid steer loaders and compact track loaders at Conexpo 2011. These new generation Eco machines are only the first to be manufactured but also designed and engineered at the company’s North American headquarters in Savannah, Georgia.

JCB is introducing a range of seven new skid steers – four wheeled and three tracked – in a range that will eventually grow to 18 models. All seven initial machines today are vertical lift, which allows for increased capacity and more reach at maximum lift height. The models now available – the 260, 280, 300 and 330 wheeled skid steers and 260T, 300T, 320T track loaders – are large platform machines with rated operating capacities (ROC) of 2,600 lbs and above. With the introduction of the new generation machines, JCB will be able to offer a complete range of wheeled and tracked machines, both radial and vertical lift, ranging from 1300lbs- 3500lbs.

JCB Deputy Chairman John Patterson said: "North America generates 60 per cent of the worldwide demand for skid steers and compact track loaders, so developing and producing the new generation of machines in Savannah makes perfect sense.

"JCB’s new generation of machines gives us 97 per cent market coverage compared to 53 per cent provided by the outgoing range, which presents us with great prospects for growth in this important product sector."

The new generation machines benefit from a number of new features, including:
A tilting cab with increased service access

Multifunction joysticks with an attachment control harness

A hydraulic quick hitch

Isolated cab that is sealed and pressurized and reduced noise levels

Heated air-suspension seat with adjustable armrests

O-ring face seals for all hydraulic connections

A new range of more than 30 types of JCB attachments.

Best-in-class visibility. The new vertical lift machines showcase JCB’s unique "PowerBoom" design, which uses a single arm, rather than the conventional two arm skid steer design. The JCB models do not require a torque tube across the back of the machine. Thus, operators can enjoy an unobstructed rear view and nearly 360-degree total visibility for unmatched job site safety and driver confidence. To further enhance visibility JCB has eliminated the mesh screen around the cab and replaced it with laminated glass.

Best-in-class serviceability. With O-ring face seal hydraulic fittings and a simplified design resulting in 38 percent fewer parts, JCB’s new machines are even easier to service. A new tilting cab design gives technicians improved access to the machine’s power train and hydraulic components. The new models also feature a rear service door for easy access to the engine and daily checkpoints, a top-opening hood for radiator access and a hinged radiator for improved engine access.

Outstanding operator comfort. The new generation machines have a larger entry door and a 17% larger cab than previous models. Operators will also enjoy a quieter cab with noise levels at a very low 76dBa, an 85% improvement.

Versatility and performance. Switching to any of the machine’s impressive 30 attachment families is a snap thanks to a standard universal mechanical hitch or an optional hydraulic quick hitch. Parallel lift and 2-speeds make it easy to manoeuvre around job sites and complete more tasks in less time, and with the introduction of an optional smooth ride system (SRS) transporting materials over rough terrain is easier.

Unmatched safety. As in previous models, the new skid steers and track loaders feature a unique left side entry door that allows the operator to enter and exit the machine clear of the attachment and loader arm, making it the industry’s safest skid steer.

Exceptional value. Owning a JCB skid steer or tracked loader costs less due to increased productivity and serviceability. Overall fuel consumption has been reduced by 15% equating to an estimated annual savings of more than $3,000 versus competitive machines (based on an off-road diesel price of $2.90).

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