J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited (JCB), a UK-based construction equipment manufacturer, is delivering its first zero tail swing excavator in the 1 to 2-ton class to Canada.
The 18Z-1 excavator has an operating weight of 1.8 tonnes—it is JCB’s first zero tail swing machine in the 1 to 2-ton excavator class.
Like the 19C-1, its larger counterpart (also now available in North America), the 18Z-1 is designed with durability and simplified maintenance in mind, featuring an all-steel bodywork for better impact protection.
500-hour greasing intervals, meanwhile, reduce downtime while a swing-out counterweight allows for full access to the engine bay and battery. A separate door allows access to daily check points.
Steve Fox, president of product and direct sales for JCB North America, said: “The JCB 18Z-1 and 19C-1 compact excavators are designed to exceed the requirements of the most demanding construction and rental customers. They are more durable, require less maintenance and are safer to use. … They get the job done, they’re cheaper to operate and they represent a better return on your investment over the life of the machine.”
Common to both excavators is an undercarriage with machined faces for optimal fit and extended component life. Moreover, a modified idler design improves ride quality and reduces track stalling in loose material. While they come standard with advanced rubber tracks, steel tracks are an available option.
Employing a next-generation, four-plate boom and dipper design, the JCB 18Z-1 and 19C-1 give customers a choice between two dipper arm lengths: 95 cm or 1.1 metres.
The spacious cab provides more leg and shoulder room than previous models, while a redesigned seating position enhances visibility.
Founded in 1945, JCB manufactures equipment for construction, agriculture, demolition and waste management purposes. It has 22 manufacturing facilities worldwide and produces over 300 types of machines.