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JCB's new generation

02/14/2011 @ 1:37pm

Known as one of the world’s largest heavy equipment manufacturer, JCB is adding to the lineup with its latest introduction of New Generation skid steers and compact track loaders.

“North America generates 60% of the worldwide demand for skid steers and compact track loaders,” says John Patterson, deputy chairman of JCB.

Because of that, these next-generation machines will be the first to be designed and manufactured at the company’s North American headquarters in Savannah, Georgia.

“Developing and producing the new machines in Savannah makes perfect sense. It has enabled JCB not only to meet the unique needs of the North American market but also to develop a machine range with universal appeal,” notes Patterson.

The Lineup

The range of new machines includes seven skid steers (four wheeled and three tracked) that the company plans to eventually grow to 18 models. The introductory seven –  Models 260, 280, 300, and 330 wheeled skid steers and the 260T, 300T, and 320T compact track loaders – are vertical lift, which allows for increased capacity and more reach at maximum lift height.

The new vertical lift machines feature JCB’s PowerBoom design, which uses a single arm, rather than the conventional two-arm skid steer design. Because these models don’t require a torque tube across the back of the machine, you have an unobstructed rear view and better all-around visibility. The company has also eliminated the mesh screen on the cab machines and replaced it with laminated glass to enhance visibility even further.

These large-platform machines have rated operating capacities of 2,600 pounds and above.

All seven loaders will be sporting a number of new features including:

• Tilting cab with more service area.

• Multifunction joysticks.

• Hydraulic quick hitch.

• Isolated cab sealed and pressurized with reduced noise levels.

• Heated air-suspension seat with adjustable armrests.

• O-ring face seals for all hydraulic connections.

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