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JCB unveils range of 17 new skid steer models

New skid steer range already proving extremely popular in Middle East

An operator demonstrates the vertical arm skid steer with hydraulic auger attachment. Photos by Efraim Evidor.
An operator demonstrates the vertical arm skid steer with hydraulic auger attachment. Photos by Efraim Evidor.
The 135 Powerboom model with radial lift design for improved digging.
The 135 Powerboom model with radial lift design for improved digging.

JCB has launched a range of 17 new skid steer and compact track loaders in the Middle East, promising increased fuel efficiency, performance and safety.

According to JCB, the new machines are 16% more fuel efficient than rival models. Of the 17 models, there are both wheeled and tracked with radial and vertical lift designs, providing 97% market coverage. 

Perhaps the biggest benefit to operators is JCB’s Powerboom design, which utilises a single boom arm and side entrance, rather than the dual arm design of most its competitors.

This radically improves operator safety, since the driver does not need to enter through the front of the cab by climbing over the arms and bucket, which can be hazardous especially when the bucket is loaded.

The single arm design also means improved all round visability, with 60% better visibility than competitors according to JCB comparisons.

While skid steers are often used in North America with a wide range of attachments, in the Middle East they are most commonly use with the bucket attachment as mechanical wheelbarrows. But the versatility of the available attachments means that their popularity in the Middle East is on the rise.

JCB’s range consists of vertical lift and radial lift models, with vertical lift giving better reach at full height, while radial lift gives better reach at middle heights.

As far as attachments are concerned, the vertical lift models can use attachments such as a hydraulic auger, with the vertical design ensuring that as the auger goes into the ground the hole is drilled straight.

JCB’s Middle East general manager, Nic Grout, says that the machines are already proving popular with buyers.

“International demand for smaller skid steers and track loaders is growing at a fast pace, particularly in the Middle East and our new range of machines is particularly well-suited to Middle Eastern markets. We expect demand for this product to be very high.”

JCB first introduced a skid steer with single monoboom design in 1993.

 

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