Eleven Side-Entry Skid Steers, Including the World’s First Telescoping Boom
In 1993, JCB entered the skid steer market with the first mono-boom, side-entry skid steer, leveraging the company’s decades of experience as a manufacturer of telescopic handlers. Over the years, JCB’s skid steer line has evolved, going from the Series I and Series II machines to today’s New Generation models. The New Generation line, initially introduced in November 2010, includes both large and small platform models offering vertical or radial lift.
Today, JCB’s skid steers are designed for the active North American market and global applications. The company offers five large platform machines — the 225, 260, 280, 300 and 330 — and five small platform models — the 135, 155, 175, 190 and 205. In 2017, JCB launched the all-new Teleskid skid steer loader with a telescopic boom, offering greater lift, reach and dig depth than any other skid steer on the market, notes the company.
JCB’s skid steers feature the company’s iconic single-arm boom for enhanced operator safety. JCB’s side-door entry means that operators are not required to climb over a cumbersome attachment or under an unsupported boom to enter or exit the cab, as they do with conventional skid steer loaders. The unique boom configuration also allows 60 percent better visibility than competing skid steer loaders, says JCB. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recognized the many benefits of the JCB boom and side-entry design by rewriting safety alerts to exclude side-entry skid steers, says the company.
All JCB skid steers meet Tier 4 Final regulations. JCB’s large-platform skid steer loaders feature a Tier 4 Final JCB Ecomax engine, and small-platform machines are powered by JCB Diesel by Kohler engines. JCB skid steers do not require exhaust aftertreatment, allowing greater fuel efficiency and reduced downtime and operating costs.
JCB’s myCHOICE software provides operators with the ability to adjust the travel and loader controls of their skid steer loader for optimal operation to suit a range of activities, from precision applications to faster cycle operations.
Advice to Buyers
“When test driving a machine, buyers should pay special attention to whether the ride is smooth or rough and give consideration to how that might affect their operations,” says George Chaney, JCB North American sales manager for skid steers and compact track loaders. “A smooth ride, like that provided by JCB’s optional Smooth Ride System, not only keeps the operator more comfortable but also cushions the loader arm, helping retain loads in the bucket and reducing spillage. That leads to greater productivity. I also tell prospective buyers to look for machines with a hydraulic quick-hitch. Not having to get out and disconnect and connect attachments can also really improve productivity over time.”
JCB North America
2000 Bamford Blvd., Pooler, GA 31322
912-447-2000 | jcb.com