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JCB unveils midi-excavator with no junk in trunk

UK firm unveils 65R-1, a reduced-tail-swing, 6.5-tonne midi-excavator


JCB has added a brand-new, low-tail-swing excavator to its latest 'midi' line-up.

When slewed by 90°, the unit boasts a track overhang of just 185mm.

The 65R-1 is an 6.5-tonne midi-excavator that has been designed to complement the 67C-1 model that was unveiled in March at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014.

"This is the most productive and most powerful machine in its class," commented Rob White, product sales manager at JCB.

"The '65' stands for its weight; it weighs just over 6.5 tonnes. The 'R' stands for reduced tail swing, so you get the best of both worlds," he explained.

The 65R-1's designers claim that, despite the unit's petite derriere, it offers a potent mixture of stability and lift capacity. With this in mind, the excavator features a four-plate dipper design, and internal baffle plates have been installed throughout the machine to ensure that it can handle heavier-duty applications.

JCB's latest midi-excavator has also been designed with ease of maintenance in mind. The British manufacturer has gone to significant lengths to minimise the amount of time and money that end users must spend on upkeep.

"Every single pivot point that you see - right from the king post, all the way through to the very end bucket link - is 500-hour greasing," explained White.

"This is completely unique in the industry. No longer do you have to grease the machine on a daily or weekly basis; you only have to grease it when you need to service it - every 500 hours," he added.

The 65R-1 also sports an H-frame undercarriage and a choice of tracks.

"[The undercarriage] is strong, durable, and it's robust," said White.

"But the best feature about this is an open-framed design. You can buy it with the sloping track legs at either side, meaning that it's very easy to clean; something very important in the rental industry and for any owner-operator. Nobody likes cleaning machines.

"As for the tracks, we offer steel tracks and we offer rubber tracks. The rubber ones are designed exclusively for JCB by Bridgestone, regarded as the best in the industry. This is a unique design to maximise durability, just for JCB," he told the audience.

The 65R-1 is powered by a 36kW Perkins Stage III A-compliant engine and a load-sensitive hydraulics system co-developed by JCB and Bosch Rexroth. In keeping with the theme of simple maintenance, using just two bolts and a screw jack, the cab can be tilted to a 30° angle within just two minutes.

"[The 65R-1] is a magnificent reduced-tail-swing model that joins the 67C-1 conventional-tail-swing model," commented Tim Burnhope, JCB's chief innovation and growth officer.

"These models sit alongside two eight-tonne midis; the 86C-1 and the 85Z-1. Four great midi-excavators; all part of the next-generation range of compact excavators from JCB Compact Products, and all developed in consultation with customers and operators. Feedback has been fantastic, and the good news is, the orders are rolling in," he concluded.

The 65R-1 was the first model to be unveiled at JCB's global product launch that is currently taking place at the manufacturer's headquarters in the United Kingdom. For full, in-depth coverage of the event, check out the October 2014 issue of PMV Middle East.

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