The unique Powerboom and side-door access layout of JCB’s skid-steer and compact tracked loaders makes them the easiest – and safest – machines of their type for daily duties on farms. 

But the latest ‘large platform’ models are not only even easier to operate thanks to new controls and an electric quick-hitch option, they are also more economical.

An improvement of up to 9% in fuel economy is credited to JCB’s new high-performance Ecomax T4 engine, which now powers five wheeled skid-steer models and four compact track loaders with rated operating capacities from just over 2225 lbs. to almost 3295 lbs.; and four tracked loaders rated from just over 2225 lbs. to 3200 lbs. rated operating capacity.

In addition, a new air filter design with a high-efficiency active scavenging system, allows JCB to extend air filter service life to 500 hours when the machine is operated in typical farm conditions.

JCB Agriculture General Manager Ray Bingley said: “Fuel savings, servicing and other operating costs are more important than ever in the overall ownership cost of agricultural machinery, so anything that keeps costs down is welcome. The previous JCB Dieselmax engine was up to 16% more fuel efficient than some competitor machines, so now we are moving even further ahead.”

“At the same time, the engine is compliant with Tier 4 Final emissions, yet has no diesel particulate filter (DPF) or any other exhaust after-treatment that needs to be serviced in any way,” he adds. “The lack of extra hardware has also enabled our designers to maintain the high rearward visibility for which the JCB skid-steer and track loaders have become renowned.”