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Excavator line-up demonstrates increased performance, less fuel

With operating weights from 13 to 38 tonnes, the new range includes the 21-tonne JS220LC, fitted with the JCB Ecomax T4i engine – the only engine in its class to achieve T4i emission levels without the use of a costly DOC/DPF filter.

“The JS220LC T4i excavator sets new precedents in the industry,” JCB CEA’s national excavator manager Deon Cope said. “It negates the use of costly, maintenance-heavy components and still delivers the performance you’ve come to expect from a JCB.”

The line also delivers significant improvements in fuel economy, with recent competitive trials showing 12 per cent lower fuel consumption and 15 per cent more productivity for the JS220LC.

“We carried out comprehensive trials that proved these machines deliver economy and reduced emissions without compromising power and productivity,” Cope said. “When compared to other brands, JCB came out on top in regards to lifting performance, fuel economy and endurance.”

The JS330 and JS360 excavators are using the JCB Dieselmax 672 for the first time, and this is producing fuel savings of up to 25 per cent compared with the externally sourced Japanese engines used in earlier models.

An optional new air and fuel filtration system for dusty environments provides substantial increases in air flow and dust holding capacity compared with the standard system.

“For the owner, these benefits translate to lower operating costs, not just in fuel but in maintenance of secondary controls normally associated with emission compliance and the expensive use of high temperature low ash engine oils generally required on these engines,” Cope said.

It is safety first for the line, which comes with an array of safety features as standard.

The cabin has undergone significant changes, making it more quiet and comfortable, limiting external noise levels and incorporating standard features such as a large colour smart controller display and rear view cameras. This display is customisable and allows for an optional second rear view camera to be fitted.

The display also makes for easy selection of the power band, showing green for the most economical setting and red for the heavy power setting. A power boost button can also be operated in the upper power settings.

To match breakout force to conditions, JCB Tool Select is standard on these new models. This feature matches the single direction auxiliary and hammer circuit to be set up to the requirements of the attachment, automatically adjusting the engine speed.

There have been substantial advances in the strength of the boom and dipper arm in the new JS200/JS220LC.

The boom has a 22 per cent increase in depth and six per cent increase in width, while the dipper arm has a 12 per cent increase in depth and seven per cent increase in width.

Castings are employed in key pivot points, and rubber isolation mounts are used for hydraulic pipes.

Chromed pivot pins reduce friction and provide increased resistance to corrosion.

The increased performance, reduced operating costs and increased ease of operation of the new JCB heavy line excavators provide significant benefits for owners and operators, regardless of their market sector. 

Source: JCB Construction Equipment Australia

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