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JCB launches two new com­pact wheel load­ers

Earthmovers & Excavators - - News -

JCB Con­struc­tion Equip­ment Aus­tralia is bring­ing two new com­pact wheel loader mod­els to Aus­tralia – the 403 and 406ZX.

The 403 is a 2.5-tonne ar­tic­u­lated loader suited to con­fined spa­ces such as ware­houses.

Pow­ered by a 26kW Kub­ota diesel, the 403 can push out 92Nm of torque. It uses a hy­dro­static transmission and of­fers two travel speeds.

It has a fully en­closed, er­gonom­i­cally de­signed op­er­a­tors’ cab, which “pro­vides all-round pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments, dusty work­ing en­vi­ron­ments and po­ten­tial haz­ards,” JCB CEA wheel load­ers na­tional prod­uct man­ager Deon Cope says. “Even with the cab fit­ted, the ma­chine is less than 2.2m tall and only 1.1m wide when nar­row tyres are fit­ted, so it can ac­cess the tight­est sites.”.

The 406ZX is the larger of the two new wheel loader mod­els and JCB says it has been de­signed with an op­ti­mised power-to-weight ra­tio to give op­er­a­tors max­i­mum power in the small­est pos­si­ble pack­age.

The 406ZX’s 36.4kW en­gine pro­duces 170Nm of torque and has a load over height of 3m, all con­tained within the loader’s 5.1m x 2.1m frame. The 406ZX is par­tic­u­larly suited to load­ing trucks on cramped, ur­ban con­struc­tion sites.

Per­haps the 406ZX’s great­est strength is its ease of use and main­te­nance. JCB says the sim­ple me­chan­i­cal diesel en­gine is straight­for­ward to main­tain and the hy­dro­static transmission sim­pli­fies op­er­a­tion.

“The 406 comes with an easy-main­te­nance me­chan­i­cal JCB diesel en­gine by Kohler, of­fer­ing pow­er­ful per­for­mance,” Cope says.

“The de­sign of the ma­chine and en­gine means its di­men­sions are com­pact, which is great for small turn­ing cir­cles.”

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