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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Dig44 Excavations is a family owned and operated excavating business. Dig44 excavation is a one-stop solution for excavation services. They provide site cleans and cuts, driveway removal and preparation, trenching and post holes, concrete and soil removal, pool dig outs and landscaping, drainage, roadworks and carpark excavation services. According to Jim Boyd, managing director of Dig44 excavations, the new JCB 18Z-1 mini excavator is more stable, quieter, stronger and performs better than competitor’s machines.

“I’ve spent a lot of time in competitor’s machines and the JCB shines in terms of being very quiet and allowing me to easy communicate with other people on site,” Jim says. “The track width control feature is easier and stronger than the competitor allowing quick and easy changes to tight access scenarios.”

He adds, “The stability of the 18Z is awesome and inspires operator confidence when slewing with a loaded bucket.”

“It’s certainly been a great investment for us and I couldn’t be happier with the performance of the machine,” says Jim.



The 18Z will provide customers with a 1.7 tonne Zero Tail Swing excavator designed to meet the multiple applications expected of mini excavators that work in confined areas. The new excavator features are:

ROBUSTNESS 100% steel bodywork for maximum impact protection and ease of repair

WORK FASTER Premium, class-leading, precision hydraulic flow share functionality for maximum output.

TRAVEL SAFER 10 integral easily accessible tie-down points to make the transportation process safer and quicker

SPEND LESS 500-hour dig-end greasing intervals to reduce regular downtime

SERVICE EASY Separate service access doors for daily checks so you get to operating quicker and a swing-out counterweight providing easy access for major services.



The excavators share common design DNA, boasting improved durability with robust construction and ease of maintenance, to minimise downtime and boost work output for the customer. They have been engineered from the ground up to deliver reduced total cost of ownership and improved ease of use. All-steel body panels provide maximum protection and are designed specifically for the rental and contractor segments. As well as adding weight in the right places on the excavator, steel panels can be quickly and easily repaired if required which is vitally important in a hire fleet with optimum usage rates. A common heavy undercarriage is used, with machined faces for improved fit and extended component life. All come with the retractable track frame offering widths of 980-1,330mm. A revised idler design delivers improved ride quality and reduces track stalling in loose material. The excavators use a next generation four-plate boom and dipper design, with machine matched dipper arm lengths of 950mm on the 18Z. The 1,800mm main boom with top mounted ram provides maximum protection for the hydraulic cylinder.



The 18Z hydraulics give operators the capability to simultaneously multi-task any combination of excavator functions smoothly and with full power – means less time to complete the job. JCB’s ROPS-compliant cab and canopy structures provide up to 24% more interior space, with improved leg and shoulder room, boosting comfort for operators. Redesigned track levers now come with T-bar controls, in line with larger models. Short-pitch rubber tracks come as standard. Sloping track legs reduce material retention, making it easier and quicker to clean the excavator between jobs. The new instrumentation package is clear to interpret and easy to use.



Ten sturdy tie-down points have been built into the frames, making the units easily adaptable to different truck and trailer tie down configurations. Safe and easy access to the tie down points means quicker turnaround times between sites. The compact excavators are among the safest on the market, thanks to the designed balance criteria developed by JCB’s engineers. Increased all-round visibility on the 18Z 2-Post canopy ensure clear open views for the operator. JCB’s 2Go risk mitigation hydraulic cut-out system prevents excavator operation through unintended control movement.



The 18Z-1 are powered by a 12.2kW (16.3hp) Perkins diesel engine that is equipped to meet upcoming emissions regulations. The engine is mounted across the rear of the excavators for optimum weight distribution that provides the best machine balance and service access. Ease of serviceability was a prime design criteria. The excavators have a rear counterweight that swings away to provide open access to the engine bay for major service intervals. Daily checks can be carried by the operator through a separate swing open steel access door. The right-hand side panel opens giving access to the hydraulic, tank and filter and the radiators. This all round easy access reduces maintenance time and boosts profitability.



All boom and dipper pins have 500-hour greasing intervals for reduced downtime and extended pin and bush life, which means that greasing only needs to be completed as part of a 500 hour machine service. The 18Z’s are supported with a 3 year / 3000 hour Premier Warranty package. Australian dealers offer full service benefits to owners through their experienced aftersales operations. This combination of support attributes, have proven to provide low whole of life costs and exceptional machine residual values delivering the most cost effective solution for mini excavator users worldwide.

For more information on mini excavators please contact your local dealer on 1300 522 232.

  1. I am about to take delivery of a 2008 8018 cts with 1777 hrs, I have a small Farm and the 8018 was bought to save some of the hard yakka about the place, do you think I have made the right choice or should I have gone for the latest model the 18Z? Any input would be greatly appreciated, thank you

    • Tara Stewart says:

      The 8018 was the predecessor to the 18Z and 19C. It set the performance design criteria around which these 2 new models were built. The 8018 is a conventional tail swing design and has definite operational balance advantages in heavy digging, attachment and lifting applications over the 18Z which is a zero-tail swing machine. The 8018 has proven to be a machine well capable of hard yakka which is why it was a popular choice in the market.

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