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JCB Upgrades Skid Steer, Tracked Compact Loader Range

Tue March 11, 2008 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

JCB’s skid steer and compact tracked loader range has been upgraded with an improved cab environment and controllability and an upgraded transmission power-management system. Hydraulic pressures and flows have been boosted across both the wheeled and tracked model ranges, resulting in improvements in breakout forces and attachment performance.

The two largest models, the 190 and 1110, are now powered by JCB’s DieselMax engines, which are both Tier III-compliant. However, the most noticeable change to the series II machines is the redesigned cab with its smoother overall shape and greatly improved visibility, according to the manufacturer.

The door hinge is now positioned on the B pillar of the cab, further improving entry and exit.

JCB offers a single-sided loading arm allowing for a full side door to be fitted. This virtually eliminates the risk of danger to the operator. In contrast, other models require the driver to climb over buckets and 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 a near-automotive quality on both the switchgear and control levers.

The switches are situated 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-levers 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, according to the manufacturer.

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.

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 useful for attachments such as 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 horsepower whatever the site conditions. The result is more power and control.

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.

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.

Both the 190 and the 1110 models are powered by JCB Tier III DieselMax engines. The four-cylinder engine is rated at 85 hp (63 kW) in the 190 model. In the 1110 model, it is rated at 91 hp (68.6 kW).

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