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JCB’s 18Z – 1.7 tonne zero tail swing mini excavator is industry leading for durability, performance, balance, stability, low cost of ownership and safety. It sets new levels of expectations for operators and owners for the simple functions of reach, dig, shift and drop.
A strong and durable design underlines the mini excavator’s DNA.
It starts with the 100% steel bodywork for maximum impact protection and ease of repair. Designed specifically with the rental and contractor segments in mind, all owners secure the advantage of JCB’s vision to improve the products durability in the toughest industry segments.
Robust Steel panels can be quickly and easily repaired if required which is vitally important in a hire fleet with optimum usage rates.
Toughness is personified by the full width solid cast 173kg counterweight that provides maximum protection for the rear of the machine.
The heavy duty strong H frame undercarriage provides rigid support and an open design allowing spoil to fall readily through to the ground preventing excessive componentry wear and minimal cleaning time.
For ultimate rigidity, the extending (from 980-1,330mm) undercarriage beams are constructed from 25mm solid steel plate.
The high tensile four-plate boom and dipper design provide maximum strength and durability.
The 1,800mm main boom with top mounted lift ram provides maximum protection for the hydraulic cylinder components.
Tough “Power-Matched” engine and hydraulic configurations give this machine the dig-strong performance others find hard to match.
Working faster is a standout characteristic of the 18Z.
The hydraulics give operators the capability to simultaneously multi-task any combination of excavator functions smoothly and with full power for unrivalled output that means less time to complete the job.
Straight-line tracking when using any other hydraulic functions contributes to increased productivity and safety.
Redesigned track levers now come with T-bar controls that allow the operator to manipulate the machine position quickly and smoothly using just one hand.
Sloping track legs is a JCB new generation DNA reduce material retention, making it easier and quicker to clean the excavator undercarriage between jobs.
New dozer geometry allows the blade to become free of material build up easier increasing productivity.
The dozer blade extensions can be swung out without using tools. They pivot past the respective tracks with plenty of clearance regardless of the blades above ground position.
Ten sturdy tie-down points have been built into the frames make the tie down process quicker and easier being 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.
Best in Class for a Zero Tail Swing.
The key contributors to the 18Z’s exceptional balance are the full width rear cast counterweight, rear cross mounted engine and 2 post canopy.
The 18Z can slew through 360 degrees with a 1,000mm batter bucket full of material, blade up, boom and dipper at full extension keeping both tracks on the ground.
Spending less throughout the life of the 18Z was another key design criteria.
Boom, dipper and blade 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. This is achieved by using sealed bronze graphite impregnated bushes. The seals on the outside of the bushes keep the grease in and dirt out.
The standard heavy-duty kingpost optimizes service life and lowers the cost of ownership due to the durable re-bushable pivots. This eliminates the cost of complete kingpost replacement when the pins wear into the cast.
The expanding undercarriage uses sacrificial wear pads so that metal to metal contact is eliminated as the track legs extend and retract. Replaceable wear pads is a much lower cost compared to building up or replacing worn metal slide components.
O’ring faced seals throughout the hydraulic system increase the durability of the hydraulic system with higher reliability for eliminating leak paths.
The 18Z is 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.
Safest to operate in the zero tail swing segment.
JCB’s unique “2Go” risk mitigation hydraulic isolation system prevents excavator operation through unintended control lever movements. The operator must make 2 deliberate and separate inputs before the controls are functional.
Quick, safe and easy access on and off the operators platform is aided with hand rails that provide the operator with the all-important 3 points of contact and once seated, the seat belt is available to strap in and complete the safety loop.
The 2-Post canopy structure is ROPS, TOPS and FOGS certified. Increased all-round visibility to work site from the operator’s seat is a stand out feature on the 18Z with the 2-Post canopy.
Ten integral easily accessible tie-down points make the transportation tie down process safer and quicker whether on a trailer or truck.
3 years / 3000 hour warranty from JCB quick hitch to cast counterweight.
That’s a quick overview of the key benefits of JCB 18Z – 1.7 tonne zero tail swing mini excavator.