JCB launches two new compact wheel loaders

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JCB is bringing two new compact wheel loader models to Australia – the 403 and 406ZX

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Both of the new models from JCB Construction Equipment Australia have compact dimensions for better accessibility and are suited to a variety of tasks from materials handling to construction applications.

JCB 403 compact wheel loader

The 403 is a 2.5-tonne articulated-chassis wheeled loader suited to confined spaces such as warehouses.

Powered by a 26kW Kubota diesel, the 403 is capable of pushing out 92Nm of torque. The loader uses a hydrostatic transmission and offers two travel speeds.

It has a fully enclosed, ergonomically designed operators’ cab that JCB says has been built to withstand the harshest conditions.

"The JCB 403 uses a totally new ROPS/FOPS cab to provide all-round protection from the elements, dusty working environments and potential hazards," JCB CEA wheel loaders national product manager Deon Cope says.

"Even with the cab fitted, the machine is less than 2.2m tall and only 1.1m wide when narrow tyres are fitted, so it can access the tightest sites," Cope adds.

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JCB 406ZX compact wheel loader

The 406ZX is the larger of the two new models and JCB says it has been designed with an optimised power-to-weight ratio to give operators maximum power in the smallest possible package.

The 406ZX’s 36.4kW engine produces 170Nm of torque and has a load over height of 3m, all contained within the loader’s 5.1m x 2.1m frame. The 406ZX is particularly suited to loading trucks on cramped, urban construction sites.

Perhaps the 406ZX’s greatest strength is its ease of use and maintenance. JCB says the simple mechanical diesel engine is straightforward to maintain and the hydrostatic transmission simplifies operation.

"The 406 comes with an easy-maintenance mechanical JCB diesel engine by Kohler, offering powerful performance," Cope says. "The design of the machine and engine means its dimensions are compact, which is great for small turning circles.

"The hydrostatic drive on this model makes it very easy to operate, even for the inexperienced. That means there’s less risk of overpowering the machine at a cost to fuel economy."


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