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JCB Light Equipment Makes Its North American Debut

Mon October 19, 2009 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

JCB is further expanding its North American equipment range with the addition of JCB light equipment. This new product line features 32 models representing three distinct product categories: light compaction, hydraulic power packs and hydraulic hand tools. Because North America represents 27 percent of the total world market for light equipment, the addition of JCB Light represents a significant market opportunity for JCB.

Light Compaction

The light compaction product category of JCB Light includes rammers, a single drum roller and plate compactors, both forward and reversible.

The JCB VMF forward plate compactor series has been specifically designed for easy, effective compaction of asphalt, soil and other non-cohesive (or less-cohesive) materials. Built for fast travel and high productivity, these machines feature powerful Honda engines (Hatz diesel on the VMF 130D) and a wear-resistant, high-grade cast tamping plate for optimum durability. With three models to choose from, these machines are built to tackle a wide range of compaction jobs. All models are available with an optional sprinkler and throttle kit.

The JCB VMP reversible plate compactors series provides a choice of models to suit every type of compaction application. All units are hydrostatically operated and designed to compact granular and cohesive material. With both reversing and stationary features, these machines allow operators to carry out compaction tasks in confined areas where turning would otherwise be difficult or impossible. All VMP models feature a single forward/reverse control lever as well as specially balanced and isolated guide bars to protect the operator against hand-arm vibration effects. To extend product life, the JCB VMP series is equipped with lifetime-lubricated vibrator bearings along with a wear-resistant, high-grade cast damping plate.

The VMR ’Jumping Jack’ Rammers Series features a low-maintenance design that allows the machine to operate for longer periods of time, resulting in greater productivity, according to the manufacturer.

These rammers have a low center of gravity with a four-column guide for more stable operation. In addition, these machines generate a horizontal force to propel themselves forward, making them easier for operators to handle. The rammers feature special damping plate material that acts as a shock absorber, as well as a protected air cleaner on top of the machine for even easier operation and maintenance.

Designed for the compaction of granular and asphalt materials, JCB’s VMS Series single drum roller is ideal for use in confined spaces that cannot be accessed by traditional larger rollers. Compact and maneuverable, VMS single drum rollers are popular with maintenance contractors for small asphalt reinstatement and ground care applications.

Hydraulic Power Packs

JCB light equipment hydraulic power pack range includes four models — HP200, HP300, HP400 and HP500. By combining high performance with a compact, user-friendly design, hydraulic power packs offer a high level of efficiency, according to the manufacturer.

Conventional pneumatic power sources require a large and typically expensive engine that significantly restricts access in tight or confined work spaces. Although they have a far smaller engine than those used by a typical air compressor, JCB’s hydraulic power packs can deliver equally powerful tool performance, according to the manufacturer.

As a result of their compact size, they can be easily stored, transported and moved around a job site. Furthermore, typical start up costs of a hydraulic power pack are half those of a comparable pneumatic power source.

JCB’s hydraulic power packs feature a power-on-demand system that reduces off-load engine speeds to idle, resulting in lower noise levels, less engine wear and decreased fuel consumption — and increased productivity. The JCB hydraulic power pack range also features a unique suction circuit that eliminates pulsation damage to the cooler.

Hydraulic Hand Tools

JCB now also offers a range of hydraulic hand tools designed to run off JCB Power Packs or the handheld tool circuits (HTC) available on a number of JCB machines. The new range of hand tools includes breakers, pumps, saws, drills, wrenches and augers. Designed for a long trouble-free life, each tool offers a notable power-to-weight ratio while at the same time being light, manageable and quiet to operate.

The JCB breaker range consists of five models featuring sturdy cast steel construction for strength and only two moving parts for reliability and a long service life. JCB’s ultra-low vibration system reduces hand-arm vibration by 60 percent when compared with a fixed handle breaker. Hydraulic breakers hit harder than the air equivalent, with 80 percent of the power being transmitted to the tool as compared to 20 percent to 30 percent with a pneumatic system. The low-vibration breakers give operators excellent control while being more comfortable to use, according to the manufacturer.

Also included in the hydraulic hand tool category are the new JCB pumps. JCB is offering two distinct pump types to match the needs of different applications: trash pumps and submersible pumps. The trash pumps are capable of handling water with mud, leaves and other solids up to 3 in. (7.6 cm) diameter, while the submersible pumps can be used in clear water applications. Both options are self-priming, and being hydraulically-powered, are self-lubricating and will run dry without damage. All pumps come with a lifting lug for safe and accurate placement. The submersible pumps have flat-faced quick-release, dripless couplings for speedy attachment changes.

Other new hydraulic tools include three types of drills: diamond core drills, hydraulic drills and impact drills; 2 types of impact wrenches; disc cutters and a two-man auger.

JCB will take a multi-tiered approach to the distribution of this new line. Light equipment will be sold with the construction equipment range through the company’s expanding dealer network in North America. JCB also will sell direct to national account customers and utilize a team of independent manufacturer representatives to bring the product to market.

For more information, call 912/447-2000 or visit

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