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JCB expands Vibromax compaction roller line

JCB Construction Equipment Australia has added seven new machines to its Vibromax range of compaction rollers which includes five single drum models, one twin drum model and one remote-controlled model.

JCB’s Vibromax Product Manager Jon French says the company has decided to expand the range after seeing increased demand in the market for compaction equipment.

“Until now, we’ve only offered the single drum 7.5 tonne VM75 and 11.5 tonne VM115 models here in Australia,” he says.

“However, in response to such strong demand, we’re expanding our range to include five additional single drum models, one twin drum model and a remote controlled model for use in trenching environments where the workplace health and safety of operators is paramount.”

French says the models in the Vibromax range has the ability to outperform competitor’s machines on tasks normally performed by larger machines.

“From rolling sub-base to finish rolling asphalt materials, the end result is the ability to work at maximum capacity for longer periods,” he says.

“The build quality of these machines is second to none and certainly is reflected in the performance and running costs.”

Single drum models

The latest single drum models added to the Vibromax line-up include the 4.6 tonne VM46, 13.2 tonne VM132, the 14.6 tonne VM146, the 16.6 tonne VM166 and the 20 tonne VM200.

Drum widths range from 1400mm on the VM46 to 2100mm on all other single drum models.

All models except the VM46 (and the new remote-controlled VM1500F) provide operators with the choice of two vibration frequencies, allowing operators to complete a wide range of tasks eg. finish rolling asphalt, compaction road works, building sites, rock fill dams and highways etc.

A patented one-piece exciter shaft on the models means ease of operation and reduced maintenance.

“The exciter shaft, which sits inside the roller drum to control the vibration frequencies, is easier to service due to its one piece design,” French says.

“Competitor models feature a number of hydraulically operated shafts inside the roller, making them more prone to wear and failure.”

French says the shaft is also a main feature of the Vibromax range that enables operators to get through more work in less time.

“For example, the VM115 features nominal amplitude of either 1.96 cm or 0.9 cm, with centrifugal forces of 261kN or 163 kN to deliver a compaction depth of either 90 cm or 70 cm depending on the task at hand.”

A switchable Anti-Slip System is also fitted to all single drum models to prevent the roller wheel from spinning when loading the machine onto steel ramps for transportation.

Twin drum Vibromax VMT260-210

The newest Vibromax twin drum offering, the 2.7 tonne VMT260-120 has a width of 1200mm and is powered by a 95 litre diesel fuel tank combined with a 230 litre water tank.

“The diesel tank is almost double that of other machines on the market, which feature an average 40-50 litre tank,” French says.

“Based on an average diesel consumption of five litres per hour, this means 10 extra hours in between refuelling.”

JCB adds the 230 litre water tank is also significantly larger than the 180-200 litre market average.

Both drums feature electronically controlled hydrostatic direct drive, allowing operators to maximise performance on any application by selecting double vibration, single front vibration or single rear vibration.

“To add to the versatility, the VMT260-120 is compact enough to allow for easy transportation,” French says.

Remote-controlled VM1500F

According to JCB, the new 1,590 kg remote-controlled Vibromax roller is ideal for use in trenches and on other difficult to access sites. With its 850mm drum width, normal amplitude is rated at 2.4mm and centrifugal force at 84kN to deliver a compaction depth of up to 80 cm.

JCB says all new Vibromax models are now available for order and urges operators to contact their nearest JCB dealer for more information.

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