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Contractors World - 2014 Vol 4 No 5

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What's New In Plant & Equipment

New JCB Midis Waiting In The Wings

JCB’s new range of midi excavators will be launched to the UK market at the Executive Hire Show as the company prepares to meet a massive growth in demand for the compact machines.


The first models unveiled as part of the new line-up will be the 8.5 tonne 86C-1 conventional tailswing and the 85Z-1 zero-tailswing models – both designed to grab a bigger share of a market that is expected to grow by at least 16% over the next four years.

One of the major advantages of the new models is the JCB Diesel by Kohler engine, which requires no DPF but is compliant with regulations.

JCB’s Chief Innovation and Growth Officer Tim Burnhope said:

The compact excavator market is expected to increase to over 200,000 units by 2017 and with this new range, JCB is ready to seize the opportunities presented by such massive growth.

Tim also said that exhaustive customer evaluation has raised the bar in terms of performance, reliability, cost of ownership, safety, durability, comfort and serviceability.

Among the key features of all the new models are:

The 86C-1 and 85Z-1 launch a completely new look for JCB midi excavators, with a revised H-design undercarriage, robust steel body panels, a spacious operator environment and powerful Tier 4 Final engines that deliver increased efficiency and lower operating cost.

High Performance

The 8.5 tonne midi excavators are powered by all-new Stage IIIB JCB by Kohler diesel engines, delivering 64 hp (48 kW).

With no need for costly replacement diesel particulate filters, the engines are easy to maintain and offer reduced cost of ownership compared to competitive models, with increased fuel efficiency, as no regeneration is needed.

They drive industry-leading Bosch Rexroth hydraulic valves and Nachi slew motors and track drives incorporate an additional patented reduced loss hydraulic system. Operating with reduced back pressure, eliminating parasitic losses, the hydraulic system puts less demand on the engine, reducing fuel consumption. All hoses feature O-ring face seal technology and are colour coded for rapid identification.

Safest by far

For added safety, the machines feature JCB’s 2Go hydraulic safety system, seen on the company’s larger JS excavators.

In addition to the standard hydraulic cut-off that is activated by lifting the left hand lever pod, the operator is required to activate the hydraulic system through a button on the right-hand console. This reduces the chance of operators working the hydraulic levers from outside the cab, improving safety on site.

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