With various wheeled skid steer loaders on its books at the moment and plenty of choice on the used market, JCB is a versatile and reliable brand to select for this type of machinery. And even with the compact size of some of these loaders, things like safety and operator comfort have not been neglected. Starting with an operating capacity of just 612kg and rising to 1495kg for the most powerful skid steer loader currently on offer, JCB equipment of this kind is a good investment.
The JCB 135 is the ideal introduction to its skid steer loader range: benefitting from a small platform and an operating weight of just under 2800kg, it is officially recognised as being the safest vehicle of its kind. And if you are concerned about shoring up your safety record on site then it may be worth taking such capabilities into consideration.
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Safety is not only assured through the protection of the operator, with the cab preventing injury as a result of falling objects or rollover, but also because of the excellent visibility, which is 60 per cent better than some rival units. Meanwhile the turbo diesel engine from Kohler is efficient and powerful, while the maintenance access is unparalleled, making it more affordable to maintain on a regular basis. Buyers can select from a number of lift configurations, including radial, vertical and parallel lift setups which can suit a variety of tasks. And most of JCB's other skid steer loaders are similarly well specified.
For a larger skid steer loader which still retains an approach to platform size which could still be described as compact, the JCB 205 is a recent addition to the range that ticks all the boxes. Built with vertical lift duties in mind but capable of accommodating other configurations, this model is also endowed with a cab that is larger than many equivalent machines built by other manufacturers. This means operator comfort is generally excellent, while the intuitive layout of the controls within the cab makes it simple to manipulate the loader without encountering a steep learning curve. The loader arm itself benefits from JCB’s Powerboom technology, meaning it has a single arm rather than a double setup. This allows for ease of access to the cab without meaning that the power or potential of the loader is limited.
With a 55kW engine and an operating capacity of 1361kg, the JCB 300 skid steer loader is similar to its smaller siblings in many ways, but boasts enough added power and the option of additional attachments to make it a good choice for outdoor deployment in various industries and on various sites. Larger tyres with chunky tread allow it to master uneven off-road surfaces, all while utilising the skid steer approach to control which means it can make its way around tight corners and through narrow access routes without getting caught out. As with all models, the amount of downtime you experience should be minimal thanks to the sensible layout and maintenance access points, making it a good second hand purchase.
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