JCB’S HYDRADIG WHEELED EXCAVATOR IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE WASTE INDUSTRY
The JCB Hydradig Wastemaster wheeled excavator is a totally new material handling solution. It brings new levels of innovation and engineering excellence to the growing compact wheeled machine sector of the waste and recycling market.
The Hydradig Wastemaster is a ground-breaking sorting, lifting, loading and tool-carrying machine for waste, recycling and municipal operations. The revolutionary machine delivers firsts on five important customer criteria to ensure maximised productivity and safety in waste and recycling operations:
Visibility – an unmatched operator view around the machine
Stability – a low centre of gravity to allow stable lifting while working at full reach
Mobility – up to 40km/h between job sites (20km/h with solid and semi-solid tyres)
Manoeuvrability – two and four wheel steer and crab steering delivers maximum usability on the smallest of job sites
Serviceability – ground level access to all maintenance points
With safety of paramount importance, the Wastemaster wheeled excavator features a cab guard Falling Object Protection System (FOPS). This fully protects operators while they enjoy the benefits afforded by the cab’s exceptional all round visibility. From ground level, the JCB Hydradig wheeled excavator’s all-round visibility also allows ground staff to see the operator at all times. In addition the JCB Hydradig’s white noise reversing alarm and red and white chevrons improves site safety over conventional excavators.
To maximise vehicle uptime, the JCB Hydradig Wastemaster has semi-solid tyres that eliminate the risk of punctures and an exhaust heat shield to protect the machine. Light guards are also fitted to ensure the Hydradig Wastemaster’s lights are in full working order for operation on site and when travelling between sites on the road. Climate control also contributes to the productivity advantage by allowing the driver to work in a comfortable environment.
JCB Hydradig Wastemaster Wheeled Excavator Performance
The JCB Hydradig Wastemaster wheeled excavator has a sturdy all-wheel drive, four-wheel steer chassis, based on JCB’s proven Loadall telescopic handler concept. This delivers three-mode steering for maximum manoeuvrability and stability when travelling at speed.
The engine is side-mounted, placing the centre of gravity far lower than conventional 10-tonne excavators, adding to the machine’s stability. Hydrostatic drive is provided through a combination of a variable piston pump and a variable piston drive motor, to a central transfer box and then to both axles. This driveline layout offers a step-less 0-20km/h speed range for solid or semi-solid tyres and a 40km/h option for conventional pneumatic tyres.
Near 50-50 weight distribution between the axles and a longer wheelbase than competitive 10-tonne machines delivers improved stability, increasing confidence for the operator. A 2,650mm wheelbase provides a superior ride with secure handling. The lack of forward and back ‘nodding’ when driving means that the JCB Hydradig Wastemaster operators can maintain higher travel speeds between job sites, improving productivity, with JCB’s SRS boom suspension system available as an option to further improve ride comfort.
The machine is equipped with three steering modes as standard: two-wheel steering for security at road speeds and four-wheel and crab steering, providing maximum manoeuvrability on site. A front axle with +/- 8° of oscillation delivers excellent rough terrain traction and stability.
An optional reverse steering function allows the operator to always have conventional steering direction, negating the need to counter steer when facing the rear of the chassis.
The JCB Hydradig Wastemaster offers a minimum turning radius of just under 4 metres at 3,946mm on single tyres, and operating within four wheel steer.
The machine can be ordered with single tyres, extra-wide flotation tyres or twin tyres on each axle. Customers can also choose between any combination of dozer blades and stabiliser legs at either end of the machine, providing a modular design that can be tailored to an individual operation. Both parallel lift and radial lift dozers are available.
With the engine, driveline, hydraulic and diesel tanks mounted on the lower chassis, the upper structure has a reduced tailswing of just 120mm, 29% less than any competitive machine, allowing the machine to work on the most confined waste and recycling centre. The lower centre of gravity also makes the JCB Hydradig Wastemaster incredibly stable when working with selecting and materials handling rabs at full reach, particularly over the tyres, even without stabilisers of dozer blade. The reduced tailswing means the JCB Hydradig Wastemaster can lift more than competitive conventional tailswing machines.
Bosch Rexroth electro-hydraulic controls allow the main valve block to be mounted beneath the side canopy and directly above the slew ring, so there is no hydraulic noise inside the cab. The closed loop hydrostatic transmission, with separate pumps for traction drive and boom power, make it easy to multi-function the dig-end.
Customers can choose between a monoboom or a triple-articulating TAB boom, with three dipper lengths of 1,650mm, 2,000mm and 2,250mm to suit a range of applications. Over the side stability, when running tyres alone, is 3% better than any competitive machine. All dig-end pins are equipped with impregnated bushes, allowing 500-hour greasing intervals. The dipper nose geometry matches that of JCB’s 3CX backhoe loaders and the firm’s larger midi excavator models, permitting the use of a host of buckets and powered attachments.
The JCB Hydradig Wastemaster can be used with a variety of tilt-rotator models and can be equipped with mechanical and hydraulic quickhitches from the factory. A high flow auxiliary circuit is standard and the machine can be equipped with two low flow circuits, plus dedicated hydraulic circuits for quickhitch operation. Fully guarded hose burst check valves are available on the boom, dipper and bucket rams, for optimum lifting safety.
A hand-held tool circuit is available as an option, allowing operatives to work with a wide range of powered hand tools, including breakers, road saws and pumps, utilising the hydraulic power from the Hydradig. The JCB Hydradig Wastemaster is an extremely versatile tool carrier and can be used with a range of around 50 JCB attachments – making it an ideal choice for a vast array of applications.
Cab With A View
The Hydradig Wastemaster’s ROPS certified cab and FOPS certified guard has been purpose designed and built for the machine. Constructed using the Command Plus design DNA first seen on the company’s larger wheeled loading shovels, the Hydradig cab has a huge amount of internal space. All-round 360° visibility is exceptional, delivering a real first for operators in terms of waste and recycling site safety and ease of use. The operator can see within 1m of the machine’s footprint at ground level from within the cab.
With the engine mounted in the lower chassis, and no hydraulic operation within the cab, the internal noise level is an automotive 69dB(A), reducing operator fatigue and making the Hydradig an incredibly relaxing place to spend the day. A choice of mechanical suspension seat and optional heated air suspension seats further improve the operator environment, while independent arm rests make it easy for all operators to find a comfortable driving position.
The machine benefits from JCB’s latest in-cab 7” full colour monitor, managed through a rotary controller. This configurable system allows the operator to set working modes and auxiliary hydraulic flows and pressures for both JCB attachments and other makes of work tool. Operators and managers can also programme engine auto idle timing, from 2-30 seconds, to maximise fuel efficiency.
All daily service checks and regular maintenance can be carried out from ground level, with a lift-up engine canopy providing excellent access to the engine and filters. The JCB Hydradig Wastemaster offers the best SAE service rating in its class (33% better than its closest competitor) and there is no requirement for operators to climb on the upper structure for regular maintenance. The JCB Hydradig Wastemaster will be supplied as standard with a five-year LiveLink telematics contract, delivering improved uptime and allowing fleet managers to maximise utilitsation of the machine. LiveLink also delivers improved security, with the opportunity to geofence operation and to pair the machine’s ECU with the LiveLink system to prevent unauthorised engine starting.