JCB introduces towable generators for North America


JCB Power Products has launched its new RS Generators series, which is designed specifically for the North American rental market.

The new generators were introduced at the ARA’s Rental Show in Orlando, Florida in February.

The range includes five Tier 4 Final-compliant, delivering prime power output of 56 kW to 500 kW.

“JCB is known the world over for reliable, heavy-duty construction equipment that has literally transformed job site productivity for three quarters of a century,” said Lee Jaquiss, general manager for Power Products at JCB North America.

“It was a natural progression to apply that same innovative JCB thinking, rugged engineering and rock-solid dependability — as well as JCB’s in-house diesel engineering capability — to offer towable power generation systems to our customers in North America.”

JCB’s generator lineup

The five generator models include the G70RS (56 kW); G125RS (100 kW); G220RS (175 kW); G400RS (320 kW); and the G625RS (500 kW).

Designed to be towed, the generators feature operating weights ranging from 3,283 kg to 11,435 kg.

When designing the generators, JCB aimed to make the range as easy to use as possible. The generators are equipped with easy-to-access controls with automatic mains failure (AMF) and synchronizing capability, while larger models include touch screen controls.

“It doesn’t matter how big or small the machines get within our range, you use it the same,” Jaquiss said. “It’s single-sided access for all electrics. That’s all curbside. On the roadside, we have our fluid fill.”

The generators achieve Tier 4 Final via selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and diesel exhaust fluid only. No diesel particulate filter or diesel oxidation catalyst is required.

All five models are built using components fromJCB, Volvo, MeccAlte, Deep Sea Electronics, DEIF and Schneider Electrics.

“We have our own engine in the first two machines in the lineup, then we jump to Volvo engines,” Jaquiss noted. 

Safety in mind

The control cubicle on JCB RS Generators segregates AC and DC supply. For maximum safety, automatic voltage regulator (AVR) adjustment can be made from the front of the control panel. As well, all electrical enclosures and cable access points are microswitch-protected to further enhance safe operation.

Panel-mounted voltage test points and bus hot warning lamps provide easy verification of live circuits with no risk of contact. As well, voltage can be altered using a three-position, three-phase and single-phase alternator mounted rotary switch, allowing the operator to switch the voltage instantly, without requiring cable reconnections.

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When access to the upper levels of an RS Generator is required, the JCB trailers include integrated steps and walk-on fenders with non-slip finish eliminating the need for freestanding ladders. The larger G220RS, G400RS and G625RS models include ladders integrated into the canopy design.

“We’ve designed it to be as safe of a machine as we possibly could,” Jaquiss said.

Each model in the JCB RS Generator range features 500-hour service intervals to reduce downtime. When maintenance or scheduled service is required, large service access doors, with integrated door stops, make it easy to access the engine and alternator. Further, all electrical and control connections, and the diesel and DEF fluid tanks, are easily accessed from ground level.

High-gauge zintec steel, with an eight-stage powder coat paint process, ensures longer life for metal surfaces. Every model in the RS line-up is equipped with a single, heavy-duty lift point, rated to lift the generator, trailer and a full tank of fuel.

JCB LiveLink  

All JCB RS Generators are equipped with JCB LiveLink telematics, which provides real-time operating data — including fuel use and power provision — to equipment managers via a desktop or mobile device, to enable remote monitoring and management of generators in the field. The LiveLink system also provides service information to ensure equipment is correctly maintained, and location information for improved security.