JCB's compact excavators have an all-steel body for maximum impact protection.
 - Photo courtesy of JCB

JCB's compact excavators have an all-steel body for maximum impact protection.

Photo courtesy of JCB

JCB North America announced the availability of two new compact excavators designed to meet the needs of construction, landscaping, and rental customers. The largest of the two machines is the 19C-1, a 4,211-lb. conventional tail swing model. The smaller 18Z-1 has an operating weight of 3,856 lbs. and is JCB’s first zero tail swing machine in the 1-2 ton excavator class.

The JCB 18Z-1 and 19C-1 compact excavators share common features such as:

  • All-steel bodywork for maximum impact protection
  • Durable design with protection for hydraulic rams and hoses
  • 500-hour greasing intervals to minimize operator burden and reduce downtime
  • Swing-out counterweight to provide full access to the engine bay; separate service access door to perform daily checks
  • Integrated tie-down points to aid transportation without damaging the tracks
  • Two-year/2,000-hour warranty

The 18Z-1 and 19C-1 share a common undercarriage with machined faces for optimal fit and extended component life. A revised idler design delivers improved ride quality and reduces track stalling in loose material. Additionally, the redesigned dozer blade, with easy-to-install dozer wings, is available with standard arms or optional long-reach arms that enable digging close to the machine. Tie-down points are built into the frame and positioned to ensure that ties do not damage the rubber tracks. Improved rubber tracks are standard; steel tracks are an available option.

A 23.1-hp Perkins diesel engine is accessed via a rear counterweight that swings away to reveal the engine bay and battery. A separate door provides access to daily check points. Boom and dipper pins have 500-hour greasing intervals for reduced downtime. All body panels are constructed of steel for enhanced protection, and side panels provide access to the cooling package, the valve block, and tanks for hydraulic fluid and fuel. The JCB 18Z-1 and 19C-1 use a next-generation, four-plate boom and dipper design.