JCB Fas­trac 8330 trac­tor

JCB’s 70km/h Fas­trac trac­tor up­date will be avail­able soon

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Af­ter 25 years of the Fas­trac trac­tor, JCB is bring­ing the new, more pow­er­ful, more ad­vanced 8330 flag­ship model to Aus­tralia.

With an 8.4-litre 6-cylin­der en­gine that now meets Euro 4 and US 4 stan­dards, JCB is call­ing the 8330 the most pro­duc­tive Fas­trac ever.

Helped by a twin-turbo sys­tem, the 8330 has a rated speed out­put of 335hp (250kW) which is kicked up to 348hp (260kW) un­der full load.

Help­ing the trac­tor along is 1440Nm of torque at 1500rpm, which JCB Con­struc­tion Equip­ment Aus­tralia (CEA) na­tional prod­uct man­ager Dave Mose­len says helps the 8330 keep trac­tion in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

He also says the JCB ‘Ac­tiv Trac­tion’ works with a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion to in­tel­li­gently al­ter out­put and main­tain ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tions.

“The JCB ‘Ac­tiv Trac­tion’ draws in­for­ma­tion from a radar speed sen­sor, hy­draulics po­si­tion con­trol and cruise con­trol to ma­nip­u­late en­gine torque and main­tain trac­tion for the most cost-ef­fi­cient per­for­mance, mak­ing the most of Fas­trac’s unique bal­anced weight dis­tri­bu­tion,” Mose­len says.

As well as a trac­tion up­grade, JCB says the 8330 gets a steer­ing up­date, re­plac­ing the me­chan­i­cal power-as­sisted steer­ing with a hy­dro­static dual steer­ing sys­tem which mon­i­tors pres­sure and flow.

“The new sys­tem meets the cru­cial fail­safe re­quire­ments for a trac­tor ca­pa­ble of 70km/h top speed in the event of hy­draulic or en­gine fail­ure,” Mose­len says. “On top of that, it in­tro­duces the new fea­ture of se­lectable Rapid Steer, which halves the num­ber of turns lock-to-lock from four to just two.”

In the cab, driv­ers will find a seat that turns 50 de­grees to the right and 20 to the left to make keep­ing an eye on rear­mounted equip­ment or a trailer eas­ier. The JCB Fas­trac 8330 will be avail­able in Aus­tralia this year.

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