JCB Skid Steers

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by DVS Hardscaper, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Has anyone any knowledge or experience with them??

    JCB has been in the skid steer business for years (rubber tire and tracked). And they were at the Techo showcase in MD last week. I chated with the sales guys at length and I sat in one. I didnt start it up.

    What I really like is the side door entrance (see link above)! That was nice, just like a crawl loader! Now, I'm not in full agreement of JCB's claim that the side door access is as safe as they promote. The side door access is very nice, but I'm not sold on the safety aspect that JCB is claiming.

    JCB says their machine has the best visibility on the market, not so sure I'd completely agree. My old Gehl has awesome visibility. But JCB's visibility did seem to be rather good, much better than Cat & Takeuchi.

    Like Deere, JCB uses their own engine in their skid steers. Cat, Bobcat, Gehl, and Takeuchi do not. JCB offers a 2 yr / 1000 hr warrantry, requiring NO oil samples, if it breaks they fix it, period.

    I have no use for a brand new skid steer, so I'm not buying one. But I do like the concept of the JCB and I think I'll demo one for a couple days.

  2. crazymike

    crazymike LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 452

    - They are supposed to be bullet proof when it comes to the single arm, built like a tank.
    (don't let single boom scare you, I've rented plenty of telehandlers that don't have issues)
    - life time warranty on boom
    - Good Visibility on left side, right side - not bad
    - Can get in out with bucket up, against dump truck, etc...
    - roomy cab

    -you get more dirty climbing down over muddy, slippery tracks
    -machine didn't feel as stable as I liked
    -controls left a bit to be desired
    -friends will probably laugh at you for driving one
    -felt under powered for size
    -rough ride compared to cat
  3. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    As far as the single lift cylinder - alotta big cranes have only one cylinder. The boom on backhoes and excavators all work on one cylinder. Not to mention, that cylinder is of pretty good size diameter!

  4. Gilmore.Landscaping

    Gilmore.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 645

    I am just hear to listen....I look at 3 everyday driving to work sitting at the dealer, they have been there all year, never seen one move.....
  5. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I bought one 3 months ago and love it. Granted I haven't been able to really put it through its paces yet. I love the visibility compared to the new Hollands and bob cats we have used. My sales guy was great too, sold me a trailer and all the attachments I bought for his cost. Not that it matters but here is a picture of us moving 3000 bin blocks, moved the
    With no problems
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  6. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
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    Never tried one, I would like to. I have sat in one before but never operated one. Visability seamed to be very good. Also the new line of Volvo skidsteers and CTL's are JCB's just painted in volvo colors.
  7. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I saw the jcb 320? I think today at a trade show. It's the biggest model they make, that thing was a monster! Makes mine look like a tonka toy, and my 260 weighs 8000 lbs
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  8. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    8000# is a reasonable weight for a tracked machine.

    New holland has the worst visibility. It's obvious without ever sitting in one. New Holland is. Stated meant for farmers to clean the milking barns, and for nurseries to use, theyre not ideal for contractors.
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  9. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Now jbailey do you have the 1/2 doors so you don't roast in the summer? I'm not an a/c man, I think it's unfair to the rest of the crew.

    Mind if I ask how much the machine cost?

    And the sales guys are usually GREAT! They get 25% of the net. Which the net on equipment is usually 10-12% of the sale. Plus the get about $200 from the finance company and sometime about$200 from the manufacturer. So yeah, you made his week!

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  10. jreiff

    jreiff LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 402

    Volvo came out with a line of the single arm machines as well

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