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JCB is today launching three new mini excavators engineered to meet the needs of individual industry customers.

With operating weights of 1.6-1.8 tonnes, the line-up includes the rental-specific, conventional tailswing 16C-1 and JCB’s first zero tailswing 1.7-tonne model, the all-new 18Z-1, which is designed to meet the changing requirements of mini excavator users in all industry sectors. Completing the line-up is the conventional tailswing 19C-1, ideal for contractors looking for the ultimate performance from a premium compact excavator.

Key features of the new range include:

  • 100% steel bodywork for maximum impact protection and ease of repair
  • Improved design protects all hydraulic rams and hoses
  • 10 integral tie-down points make transportation easier without damaging tracks
  • 500-hour greasing intervals reduce regular downtime
  • Swing-out counterweight provides easy access to service points
  • Separate service access door for daily checks

Robust design

The three machines share common design DNA, boasting improved durability with robust construction and ease of maintenance, to minimise downtime and to boost productivity for the customer.  They have been engineered from the ground up to deliver reduced total cost of ownership and improved ease of use.

A common undercarriage is used on all three models, with machined faces for improved fit and extended component life. Sloping track legs reduce material retention, making it easier to clean the machine between hire periods. The 16C-1 is available in both fixed and retracting undercarriages, with the retractable track frame offering widths of 980-1,330mm. A revised idler design delivers improved ride quality and reduces track stalling in loose material.

Short-pitch rubber tracks come as standard, with a steel track option available on all three models. A redesigned dozer blade comes with easy to install dozer wings. It offers increased lift height and the option of standard or longer-reach dozer arms. The long reach gives the machine additional stability and the ability to dig right up to the dozer, for improved site clearance.

There are two upperstructure designs, one for the two conventional tailswing models and a second for the all-new ZTS machine. In both cases the structure has an improved layout for easier component access. The 18Z-1 is expected to prove particularly popular in southern European markets, where customer demand continues to drive increasingly compact designs.

Sturdy tie-down points have been built into the frames of all three machines, making regular transportation easier for rental businesses and ensuring that chains and slings are not pulled across rubber tracks, causing unnecessary damage.

The machines use a next generation four-plate boom and dipper design, with three dipper arm lengths of 950mm, 1,100mm and 1,344mm available. An 1,800mm main boom with top mounted ram provides maximum protection for the hydraulic cylinder. All three minis boast competitor attachment compatibility and a hydraulic quick hitch option is available on the high-specification 19C-1. All boom and dipper pins have 500-hour greasing intervals for reduced downtime and extended pin and bush life, which means that greasing only needs to be completed as part of a regular machine service.

The 16C-1, 18Z-1 and 19C-1 are powered by a 12.2kW (16.3hp) Perkins diesel engine that is equipped to meet upcoming emissions regulations. The engine is mounted across the rear of the machines for optimum weight distribution. Ease of serviceability was a prime design consideration and the machines have a rear counterweight that swings away to provide easy access to the engine bay and battery, with a separate access door for daily checks.

All-steel body panels provide maximum protection for both rental companies and for contractors and can be easily repaired if required. The right-hand side panel can be opened to provide access to the hydraulic and fuel tanks, and the cooling package, reducing maintenance time and boosting profitability.

The compact excavators will be among the safest on the market, thanks to improved stability and increased all-round visibility with easy to change flat glazing, combined with JCB’s 2Go selectable hydraulic cut-out system. Options include seatbelt isolation, high visibility seatbelts and a green beacon. The premium 19C-1 can also be supplied with follow-me-home working lights, that allow the operator to leave the machine and reach a safe distance from the excavator before dimming.

JCB’s ROPS-compliant cab and canopy structures provide up to 24% more interior space, with improved leg and shoulder room boosting comfort for operators. Redesigned track levers now come with T-bar controls, in line with larger next generation models, while additional track pedals are optional. The premium 19C-1 model incorporates the swing control and auxiliaries into the right-hand joystick, further improving space on the cab floor. A low-flow circuit with electrically proportional controlled auxiliaries will also be available as standard on the 19C-1for optimum attachment control.

New switch gear and instrumentation is clear and easy to use and the 19C-1 has an integral keypad immobiliser with PIN management as standard. This premium model also comes with optional push button start, increasing operating efficiency.

JCB is backing all three of these next generation mini excavators with a standard two-year warranty and a range of service and warranty repair packages. Whether operating in the global rental market, or working on a contractor’s own projects, JCB’s new 16C-1, 18Z-1 and 19C-1 have been designed to deliver lower total cost of ownership. Reduced maintenance, maximum uptime, improved serviceability and proven residual values will ensure that these three models deliver the most cost effective solution for mini excavator users worldwide.