JCB launches two new compact excavators in Canada

JCB compact excavators
The 18Z-1 is JCB’s first zero tail swing machine in the 1 to 2-ton excavator class. 

JCB is introducing its first zero tail swing excavator, in the 1 to 2-ton class, to Canada. The machine is one of two new compact excavators now available in North America.

The largest of the two machines is the 19C-1, a 1.9 tonne conventional tail swing model. The smaller 18Z-1 has an operating weight of 1.8 tonne and is JCB’s first zero tail swing machine in the 1 to 2-ton excavator class.

The JCB 18Z-1 and 19C-1 compact excavators share a common design philosophy, based on durability and simplified maintenance and common features, including:

  • An all-steel bodywork for impact protection.
  • A rental-ready, durable design with protection for hydraulic rams and hoses.
  • 500-hour greasing intervals to minimize operator burden and reduce downtime.
  • Swing-out counterweight for full access to the engine bay and separate service access door to perform daily checks.
  • Integrated tie-down points to assist in transportation without damaging the tracks.

“The JCB 18Z-1 and 19C-1 compact excavators are designed to exceed the requirements of the most demanding construction and rental customers,” said Steve Fox, president of product and direct sales for JCB North America.

“They are more durable, require less maintenance and are safer to use. … They get the job done, they’re cheaper to operate and they represent a better return on your investment over the life of the machine.”

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. As well, 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.

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For tie down, both excavators are equipped with two points and positioned to ensure that ties do not damage the rubber tracks. Improved rubber tracks are standard while steel tracks an available option.

For simplified maintenance and servicing, 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. The machines are available with two dipper arm lengths: 95 cm or 1.1 metres. The 1.8 metre main boom features a top-mounted ram to protect the hydraulic cylinder.

The JCB 18Z-1 and 19C-1 compact excavators feature improved stability and are among the safest on the market, according to the company.

The cab and canopy structures provide more interior space — with more leg and shoulder room — and are ROPS compliant. An improved seating position contributes to better all-round visibility. As well, both models are equipped with JCB’s 2Go selectable hydraulic cut-out system.