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JCB's new generation

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

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.

• More than 30 attachments.

But the company doesn’t stop
there. It’s also added a number of enhancements to serviceability, operator
comfort, performance, and safety.

“JCB has never shied away
from innovation,” says Patterson. “In 1993, JCB introduced the industry’s first
single-arm skid steer – a safer, more productive machine that was based upon
the same engineering principles as a telescopic handler, which also operates
with a single boom. What seemed uncommon to others, JCB saw as common sense and
took the intelligent design of telescopic handlers and applied it to the skid
steer loader. The New Generation skid steers and track loaders embody this same
spirit of innovation.”

Prices range from $35,000 to
$60,000 depending on model and package.

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