Comfort, Controllability, Reliability, Serviceability and Performance
JCB has decades of experience in manufacturing full-size and compact excavators. The company currently offers 12 compact excavator models, ranging from the 1.8-ton 18Z-1 to the 10-ton 100C-1. While the JCB lineup of compact excavators is deployed to a wide variety of construction applications, machines in the 1.8- to 4-ton range are commonly used in residential building and landscaping applications and are a popular choice for rental fleet managers. Machines in heavier weight classes are most popular for larger excavation, commercial or land development projects.
According to JCB, its compact excavators provide operators and fleet managers with the advantages of some of the strongest, most versatile, easily maintained and safest machines on the market. JCB excavators feature heavy-duty, fully-welded H-frames for solid, rigid structures and a low center of gravity. Track components are sealed for life. JCB hydraulic systems boast the latest industry technology O-Ring Face Seal (ORFS) hydraulic fittings, providing good sealing capabilities. JCB’s programmable twin auxiliary lines provide high and optional low hydraulic flows to operate an array of attachments. The JCB range also offers excellent visibility due to large front, side and top glass areas, says the company.
With the introduction of JCB’s 18Z-1, 45Z-1, 48Z-1 and 55Z-1 zero tail swing models, and the 19C-1 and 57C-1 conventional tail swing models, JCB says it offers the machines and capabilities that its customers demand, and it is poised to gain a larger share of a market that is expected to continue growing in coming years. JCB says it has designed its compact excavator range to incorporate five key characteristics: comfort, controllability, reliability, serviceability and performance. The company notes that the 18Z-1, 19C-1 and 8029 compact excavator models provide precision control, great service access and a comfortable operator environment — all in a compact package that’s easy to transport and ideal for size-restricted jobsites.
Meanwhile JCB’s 45Z-1, 48Z, 55Z, 85Z and 90Z zero tail swing compact excavators address the need for compact machines that are quick, powerful and productive. Easy to operate and control, a ZTS compact excavator bears serious consideration, particularly when it comes to stability and power. The 57C, 67C, 86C and 100C offer the same high performance with minimal tail swing. The JCB compact excavator range offers a multitude of machines that are useful across a whole host of applications and sites.
Advice to Buyers
“When comparing one compact excavator brand to another, the buyer should consider serviceability and the ease of daily maintenance,” says Chris Lucas, product manager for compact excavators at JCB North America. “For example, look for compact excavators that feature self-lubricating, graphite impregnated bronze bushings that increase greasing intervals to 500 hours, compared to every 10 hours, which is typical on most brands.”