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JCB Unveils Tracked Compact Backhoe Loader

Wed September 21, 2011 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

JCB has extended its range with the addition of a compact tracked machine. With skid steer ability and integral backhoe loader, the 1CX T concept machine is highly compact, maneuverable and productive, combining the features of two machines in one, according to the manufacturer.

The development of the new machine comes as JCB comprehensively upgrades its 1CX product — the smallest member of its backhoe loader family — with a new appearance, longer loader arms, an extending dipper option, servo controls and a power management system.

With enhanced visibility over a conventional twin arm skid steer, the new 1CX offers improved performance, greater operator comfort and additional choice for customers in rental and utility markets. It offers a wide choice of attachments at both the front and the rear of the machine.

Modern Styling More Than Skin Deep

The 1CX has been updated with the latest JCB corporate styling, including a revised cab roof trim, improved working lights and sturdy electrical switches. The new optional loader arms are 4 in. (10 cm) longer to provide easier loading of road tippers and site dump trucks.

At the rear an extending dipper option adds up to 1 ft. 8 in. (.5 m) to the digging envelope, taking maximum dig depth to 10 ft. (3 m). This allows easier load over of trucks, with the backhoe easily able to reach the center of the truck.

A new power management system (PMS) improves performance, reducing engine lug down as the machine starts to dig and increasing power when driving into a pile with the front bucket.

Improved Cab Increases 1CX Appeal

Optional servo controls for the backhoe provide the operator with greater control and less effort, and no need to lean forward when working the rear attachment. Not only is the system more productive, it removes the control lever post, creating more space for the operator, particularly around the feet. Customers can choose between an SAE and ISO lever pattern using an optional changeover switch, to suit the individual operator and ensure rapid driver acceptance, according to the manufacturer.

Inside the cab the 1CX gets an improved JCB seat, with the option of fixed or suspension mounting. This new seat design offers additional leg room, making it easier for the operator to get comfortable and to spin the seat for backhoe operation. Auxiliary functions can now be controlled by optional proportional switches in the servo levers, rather than by the foot pedal, offering more precise control and less fatigue for the operator.

Track Option to Boost Customer Choice

During 2011, JCB also will offer the option of a compact tracked loader base for the machine. With a 60 hp (44.7 kW) turbocharged engine, the tracked machine will come with a 33 gpm (125 Lpm) high flow auxiliary hydraulic option. Integrated air conditioning also will be offered as an option. The tracked machine will weigh in at just under 8,600 lbs. (3,900 kg) and will have a maximum load height of 9 ft. (2.7 m).

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