The first models from the new compact line-up are the 8.5-tonne 86C-1 conventional tailswing excavator and the 85Z-1 zero-tailswing model.
JCB says that the compact market is expected to grow by at least 16% over the next four years and it wants a big share of it.
JCB will formally launch the 86C-1 at the Executive Hire Show, 10-11th February 2015 at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.
JCB chief innovation and growth officer Tim Burnhope said: “The compact excavator market is expected to increase to over 200,000 units by 2017 and with this fantastic new range, JCB is ready to seize the opportunities presented by such massive growth. We have undertaken the biggest benchmarking and customer evaluation exercise in JCB’s history to come up with a range that is truly world-beating on all fronts: performance, reliability, cost of ownership, safety, durability, comfort and serviceability.”
The 86C-1 and 85Z-1 introduce a new look for JCB midi excavators, with a revised H-design undercarriage, robust steel body panels, a roomier operator environment and more efficient engines. The cab is now made in-house by JCB, with flat glazing all round for ease of repair.
The ROPS/FOPS cab is available with optional FOGS guards at level 1 and level 2, while the large cab door sits within the counterweight slew area, even on the zero tailswing model. The ‘auto idle’ feature can be set by the operator to activate after anything between two and 30 seconds without using the levers. There are also two digging modes, including an Eco mode for maximum efficiency, or a Heavy mode for increased productivity.
Power comes from a Stage IIIB Kohler diesel engine, which deliver 64hp (48kW) and does not need a diesel particulate filter.
Safety features include the JCB 2Go hydraulic safety system, seen on the company’s larger JS excavators. In addition to the standard hydraulic cut-off that is activated by lifting the left hand lever pod, the operator is required to activate the hydraulic system through a button on the right-hand console. This reduces the chance of operators working the hydraulic levers from outside the cab, improving safety on site.
The machines are available with a twin locking, factory-fitted quickhitch system, incorporating a flashing red LED warning light on the boom, indicating quickhitch operation in progress.