JCB unveiled the final five units in its lineup of 17 new skid steer and compact track loaders with the launch of five small platform, vertical lift models.
The new machines (175, 190 and 205 skid steers; 190T and 205T compact track loaders) all use a vertical lift version of the JCB Powerboom single arm, providing maximum reach at full height. Their unveiling follows the launch earlier this year of the 135 and 155 skid steers and the 150T track loader. All complement JCB’s nine large platform new generation models launched in 2010. The new units feature a 46-percent larger cab, with a full-height side door for maximum operator safety, and a tilting cab for serviceability.
John Patterson, JCB North America’s CEO and JCB group deputy chairman, said the small platform machines are designed to meet the needs of a growing market. “With the launch of these new small platform machines, we now offer 17 models in our skid steer range – both wheeled and tracked with radial and vertical lift designs – providing 97 percent market coverage."
The 135, 155 and 150T machines feature radial lift, which offers improved digging geometry for heavy loading applications. Because they contain fewer pins and bushings, radial lift machines perform well in high-cycle applications such as waste, recycling and demolition. The 175, 190, 205, 190T and 205T models offer vertical lift, which provides maximum reach at full height, an important consideration when loading dump trucks, lifting pallets, or using an auger attachment.