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JCB Skid Steers, Compact Tracked Loaders Set Benchmark

JCB has completed its new generation of skid steer and compact track loaders with the launch of Tier IV Final small platform models.

Fri August 01, 2014 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

JCB has completed its new generation of skid steer and compact track loaders with the launch of Tier IV Final small platform models. The eight machines, including the 135, 155, 175, 190 and 205 skid steers, plus the 150T, 190T and 205T compact track loaders, are powered by the all-new JCB Diesel by Kohler Tier IV engines. These have been specifically designed to meet emissions regulations without the need for a complex and costly diesel particulate filter (DPF).

JCB Power Systems has worked closely with Kohler’s Global Power Group to ensure that these engines meet all JCB standards, with 500 hour maintenance intervals on all models. Strong, low-rpm torque characteristics result in improved machine performance and response.

The engines use a common rail fuel injection system working at 29,000 psi pressures. The Tier IV design has cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and the engines use a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) within the exhaust system. This allows the engines to meet Tier IV Final without the need for a bulky DPF, reducing cost and complexity for the customer and allowing the designers to provide a lower engine cover for improved all-round visibility.

JCB’s skid steer loaders and compact track loaders set the bar in safety, fuel efficiency and productivity. The company produces 17 models in total, nine large platform models and the eight small platform machines, all of which are now powered by fuel efficient Tier IV Final emissions standard engines, delivering up to 16 percent fuel savings over other Tier III machines and an average of 9 percent improvement over the previous Tier III JCB skid steers and compact track loaders.

Operator Control

JCB’s single-boom design provides a wide-opening side door allowing easy access for the operator to enter and exit the cab without having to climb over dangerous attachments.

The new electro-hydraulic control levers, offer the operator three levels of response, from slow modulation for fine trimming work, to faster and more responsive controls for digging and loading work. The electronic control system also allows companies the option of specifying H-pattern controls rather than the standard JCB ISO pattern. This improves integration in mixed fleets where operators have experience of alternative control patterns.


With O-ring face seal hydraulic fittings and a simplified design resulting in 38 percent fewer parts, JCB’s new machines are even easier to service. The tilting cab design gives technicians improved access to the machine’s power train and hydraulic components. The new models also feature a large rear service door for easy access to the engine and daily checkpoints.

Versatility and Performance.

JCB offers 31 attachment families that can be used with a standard universal mechanical hitch or an optional power quick hitch. Parallel lift and two travel speeds make it easy to maneuver around the job site and complete more tasks in less time, and with the optional smooth ride system (SRS) transporting materials over rough terrain has been made easier.

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