Nine 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 its New Generation models. In 2017, the company launched the 3TS-8W Teleskid, the world’s first skid steer with a telescopic boom offering greater lift, reach and dig depth than any skid steer on the market. The company’s skid steer range 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 250, 270, 300, 330 and 3TS-8W — and four small platform models — the 155, 175, 210 and 215. JCB’s skid steers feature the company’s iconic single-arm JCB Powerboom 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 and are powered either by JCB’s Tier 4 Final JCB Ecomax engine or 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.
The JCB Teleskid is a revolutionary product that can reach 60 percent further forward than any other skid steer on the market and — an industry first. It is also the only skid steer in the world that can dig below its chassis to an unparalleled depth of around 1 meter. In addition, this innovative new machine can reach 8 percent higher than any other skid steer, says the company. Also the JCB Teleskid is the only skid steer on the market which is able to combine vertical- and radial-lift capability. A unique bucket-positioning leveling system allows the bucket level to be set and maintained throughout the boom’s range of movement.
Advice to Buyers
“Buyers should consider how the machine’s ride will affect their productivity, comfort and the efficiency of their operations. A good example would be an optional smooth ride system that cushions the loader arm to ensure more of the load stays in the bucket, which dramatically improves efficiency,” says Chris Trampush, JCB North American product manager for skid steers and compact track loaders. “And, of course safety should be top of mind for everyone, so I encourage customers to consider the benefits of a single-arm machine, not just for the side entry door, which eliminates the need to climb over slippery attachments but also provides a much less obstructed view to the attachment and the entire jobsite.”