J.C. Bamford Excavators (JCB), one of the largest manufacturers of construction, demolition, waste handling and agricultural equipment in the world, recently made two new machines available to the North American market.
In late September, the company introduced to American and Canadian customers its first fully electric mini excavator, the 19C-IE.
“For decades, JCB has been—and will continue to be—an innovator and global leader in low emissions, diesel-powered excavators and construction equipment,” said Chris Lucas, product manager for compact excavators at JCB North America, according to a press release on the company’s website. “However, increasing urbanization, environmental sensitivity and safety awareness is driving demand for zero-emissions machines that perform as well as diesel equipment.
“The 19C-1E shows that JCB is again leading the way; we’re merging more than seventy years of experience building the world’s toughest construction machines with the latest electric technology, to build the machines today’s customers need.”
The 19C-IE is powered by three lithium-ion batteries and is able to complete a standard day’s work on a single charge.
Earlier this month, JCB made its new ICXT backhoe loader available in North America. The ICXT is 6 feet wide and 12 feet long, making it the company’s smallest backhoe loader. Despite its diminutive size, the ICXT has a loader bucket breakout force of up to 2,350kgf and a maximum dig depth of more than 3m.
“While backhoes are experiencing a surge in demand overall, at JCB the strongest increases have been in our compact and specialized backhoe loader products as job sites trend smaller,” explained Diego Butzke, product manager for backhoe loaders at JCB North America. “The early interest in the 1CXT by landscapers, rental operations, utility companies and construction contractors has exceeded our expectations. The combination of performance, maneuverability and ‘tow-ability’ in a compact machine that’s packed with features has really excited the market.”