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📅 Wed April 01, 2009 - National Edition
JCB’s skid steers and compact tracked loaders offer a single-sided loading arm allowing for a full side door to be fitted. The one arm design is achieved while maintaining equal weight distribution across the machine. This virtually eliminates the risk of danger to the operator, according to the manufacturer. Many other machines require the driver to climb over buckets and cumbersome attachments to enter the front of the cab.
The JCB cab environment features smooth lines and plastic moldings. The Series II interior closely resembles other JCB machines, with an automotive quality on both the switchgear and control levers.
The switches are positioned to the front and side of the operator for improved visibility and ease of use. A large glass area in the roof further enhances visibility when loading. While a fully enclosed cab remains an option, the glass roof light is standard on all models.
The machines benefit from servo controls as standard. The left side servo control lifts backward like an excavator to further enlarge the door area for ease of entry. The operator benefits from a single arm-hinged restraint bar rather than the traditional up and over restraint. This allows the operator more room and is less restrictive during operation.
Many of the auxiliary controls are incorporated in the heads of the servo levers instead of the floor and switch panel. This allows the operator to control attachments and auxiliary hydraulics without having to remove his hands from the controls. A quick attach system comes as standard across the range enabling operators to efficiently change between a vast range of attachments.
Buttons for the horn and electronically grounded attachments are positioned on the left side servo lever. There also is a two-speed travel button beneath the lever head on the 190W and 1110W wheeled models.
The right side lever head incorporates a float button along with a proportional switch for the auxiliary controls. An auxiliary hold button is positioned beneath the joystick head.
High-flow machines are equipped with a rotary dial on the console that controls travel speed regardless of engine speed. This is ideal for use with attachments like planning heads that operate with full revs at very slow-speed travel.
A transmission power-management system is incorporated on all machines. This system maximizes the machine’s engine horse-power to match the site conditions and work mode, resulting in greater power and control. This feature also prevents the engine from stalling when the machine is operating at maximum capacity.
An additional hydraulic filter has been fitted to all models, boosting reliability and component life. Improving machine controllability has resulted in better straight-line travel performance, especially when using a planer, according to the manufacturer.
There are five models in the skid steer line-up: the 160, 170, 180, 190 and 1110, plus three compact track loaders: the 180T, 190T and 1110T. High-flow hydraulics are available on all machines except the smallest 160 skid steer.
Both the 190 and the 1110 models are powered by JCB Tier III DieselMax engines. The four-cylinder engine is rated at 84 hp (63 kW) in the 190 and 92 hp (68.6 kW) in the 1110 model. The remaining models are powered by Perkins engines.