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JCB unveils new machines for the waste sector

Following a successful preview at RWM last year, JCB’s first dedicated material handler for the waste and recycling industry has been on customer evaluation at specialist waste management operations around the UK. The 20-tonne JS20MH has received excellent feedback and will be available in the New Year.

The machine will target public and private waste management companies handling municipal solid waste (MSW) in civic amenity sites, transfer stations, materials recycling facilities (MRFs) and also specialist material recycling companies.

Set to join JCB’s established JS200W Wastemaster – a conventional wheeled excavator adapted for the needs of scrap and waste handling industries – the JS20MH will capitalise on the company’s expertise in the production of high performance, reliable and durable wheeled excavators and will share the engine and hydraulics with the latest JS160W model. However, the undercarriage is a completely new design and features a centralised slew turret for increased all-round stability and uniform lift performance throughout the 360 degree rotation.

This result is consistent operation and true material handler characteristics, aided further by a slew gear box which delivers increased slew accuracy while loading. Purpose-built for the waste and recycling environment, the machine will be available with fixed or hydraulically raised cab for loading containers, giving improved vision and safety on site.

Powered by the 97kW (130hp) JCB Dieselmax engine and fitted with a 5.7 metre straight boom, the JS20MH will be tailor-made for excellent material handling performance. The options are a 4.0 metre gooseneck dipper for scrap applications or a shorter 3.0 metre straight dipper for waste applications – each creating a smaller rig than the JS200W Wastemaster. The maximum achievable pin reach is approximately 9.5 metres.

An intelligent reversible fan gives optimum cooling performance and a Turbo II air pre cleaner provides additional engine filtration. Cab guarding, front and rear light guarding and red and white chevrons on the excavator’s rear end combine for machine protection and on-site safety while operator comfort is enhanced by an air-conditioned cab. All of these features will be included as part of the standard JS20MH specification.

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