dig­ging deeper

New wheeled ex­ca­va­tor fea­tures rear-mounted par­al­lel dozer blade

Earthmovers & Excavators - - Machinery News -

JCB Con­struc­tion Equip­ment Aus­tralia (JCB CEA) has added a new model to its flag­ship Hy­dradig wheeled ex­ca­va­tor range.

The new model of­fers cus­tomers the op­tion of a rear-mounted par­al­lel dozer blade with front sta­bilis­ers, giv­ing users greater choice when se­lect­ing the right ma­chine for their par­tic­u­lar job.

JCB CEA says the de­ci­sion was made to in­tro­duce a new Hy­dradig model to Aus­tralia af­ter the com­pany was over­whelmed with the pos­i­tive re­sponse to the Hy­dradig’s launch last year.

With ini­tial de­mand con­firmed, the com­pany spot­ted an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand even fur­ther.

“Some cus­tomers re­quire a blade and out­rig­ger op­tion to as­sist with lev­el­ling the ma­chine in cer­tain ap­pli­ca­tions,” JCB CEA Hy­dradig na­tional prod­uct manager Deon Cope says.

“Oth­ers don’t need the front out­rig­gers and opt to tow a trailer di­rectly mounted to a hitch bolted to the chas­sis, which re­quires the blade to be mounted to the front. The op­tion of both specifications in our prod­uct range means we meet the needs of a wider sec­tion of the mar­ket.”

The new Hy­dradig keeps the same base specs as the orig­i­nal model, pow­ered by a 4-cylin­der 81kW Stage IIIB JCB EcoMAX diesel. Be­sides the dozer blade, it has a num­ber of new fea­tures aimed at im­prov­ing safety and com­fort.

“The up­dated Hy­dradig comes with JCB’s patented Smooth Ride Sys­tem (SRS), which cush­ions the ex­ca­va­tor boom when trav­el­ling around the site,” Cope says. “It also comes with re­verse steer, which is unique in this size class of ma­chine. This fea­ture helps to im­prove safety and op­er­a­tional use.”

The new Hy­dradig also comes fit­ted with an ad­justable air-sus­pen­sion seat, LED light pack­age and ad­di­tional blank chas­sis mounts on the rear for the front dozer blade mod­els.

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