New wheeled excavator features rear-mounted parallel dozer blade
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.