JCB launches new line of skid-steers and track loaders

The British company’s range of seven new skid-steers – four wheeled and three tracked – will eventually grow to 18 models.

December 28, 2010
SAVANNAH, Ga. – JCB has launched a new line of skid-steer loaders and compact track loaders that will be available worldwide in January.
JCB, the third-largest construction equipment manufacturer worldwide, has introduced a range of seven new skid steers – four wheeled and three tracked – in a range that will eventually grow to 18 models
All seven machines are vertical lift, which allows for increased capacity and more reach at maximum lift height. The models now available – the 260, 280, 300 and 330 wheeled skid steers and 260T, 300T, 320T compact track loaders – are large platform machines with rated operating capacities (ROC) of 2,600 pounds and above. With the introduction of the new machines, JCB will be able to offer a complete range of wheeled and tracked machines, both radial and vertical lift, ranging from 1,300-3,500 pounds.
The new generation machines benefit from a number of new features, including:
  • A tilting cab with increased service access 
  • Multifunction joysticks 
  • A hydraulic quick hitch 
  • Isolated cab that is sealed and pressurized with reduced noise levels
  • Heated air-suspension seat with adjustable armrests
  • O-ring face seals for all hydraulic connections
  • A new range of more than 30 types of JCB attachments.
The new vertical lift machines showcase JCB’s unique PowerBoom design, which uses a single arm, rather than the conventional two arm skid steer design. The JCB models do not require a torque tube across the back of the machine. To further enhance visibility, JCB has eliminated the mesh screen on the cab machines and replaced it with laminated glass.
The new line of machines include O-ring face seal hydraulic fittings and a simplified design resulting in 38 percent fewer parts. A new tilting cab design gives technicians improved access to the machine’s power train and hydraulic components. The new models also feature a rear service door for easy access to the engine and daily checkpoints, a top-opening hood for radiator access and a hinged radiator for improved engine access.
The new generation machines have a larger entry door and a 17% larger cab than previous models. JCB has also introduced multifunction joystick controls and an optional heated air-suspension seat with adjustable armrests, making JCB’s skid steers more comfortable to operate. Redesigned control panels have been relocated from the lower console to the panels at the top of the cab to be within the operator’s line of sight. Other available creature comforts include cup holders, MP3 player compartment with charging outlet and auxiliary plug, optional stereo package and an electronic throttle. Operators will also enjoy a quieter cab with noise levels at 76dBa, an 85 percent improvement.
“Do any of you crawl over the hood of your car to get in it in the morning?” asked Larry Ashely, director of sales support for JCB North America. “Why should the operator crawl over the attachment to get in?”