JCB introduces new skid-steers and compact tracked loaders

Models feature cab improvements and increased visibility with new, lower Hi-Viz boom

As JCB celebrates 25 years of skid steer production, the company is launching seven new large-platform skid steer loaders and compact tracked machines. The machines feature a new Hi-Viz boom, which is mounted 50mm lower to further improve visibility from the cab. Based on the firm’s large skid steer platform, the previous 225 becomes the 250 and the 260 is renamed the 270. The 300 and the 330 remain unchanged.

On the compact tracked loader side, the 225T is now the 250T, the 260T becomes the 270T and the 300T is unchanged. The Hi-Viz models’ new Powerboom loading arm, mounted 50mm lower than in the previous generation, improves the view across the boom to the operator’s right-hand side.

The boom also features new double tapered pins in the boom mounting tower and in the quick hitch, to boost strength and durability. Hard pipe hosing is used on the inner side of the boom for further protection from damage, while a bolt-on wear plate avoids wear on the quick hitch from frequent attachment changeover.

The tilt cylinder is now protected within the end of the boom. This repositioned tilt cylinder allows the cab to be raised for maintenance with the boom in any position. The tilt cylinder also boasts a larger diameter, to boost bucket tearout by 10% on the new 250 and 270 models.

JCB has also made significant improvements to the cabs in the new models, increasing the door opening angle by 15%, from 40-degrees to 55-degrees, to make entry and exit easier. The door also benefits from a revised door strap and a repositioned grab handle, making it easier to reach from the operator’s seat. A new bolted-on yellow external grab handle also helps with entry and exit. JCB claims to be the only manufacturer to offer the single loader arm design, with a full cab door, for ease of access. There is no requirement for the operator to climb over dangerous attachments to enter or exit the cab.

Cab air conditioning has been improved, with three internal filters with durable metal covers mounted on the outside of the cab. Upgraded heater vents prevent rattle during travel, reducing noise levels for the operator. In addition, a new front screen, with lighter frame offers improved forward visibility, helped in part by moving the wiper motor to the left-hand side of the window.

Tim Burnhope, JCB’s chief innovation and growth officer, said: “Twenty-five years ago, JCB’s approach to design turned the skid steer market upside down when we launched our first innovative model. With these new Hi-Viz models and with the revisions to the JCB skid-steer cab, JCB innovation and design is once again moving the market forwards, further improving visibility, safety, performance and operator comfort.”

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