What You guys think about JCB Products?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by AWJ Services, Jun 3, 2006.

  1. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    I ran an 8052 which is a 5.2 ton Excavator most of the day.

    It switches between ISO and SAE with a switch.

    Dug some stumps up in some really hard dirt.No rain here too speak of in months.

    What do ypu guys think of there Excavator.

    They actually have 9 ton ZTS excavator that looks pretty good.

    I guess I can not have too much equipment?
  2. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 843

    I have seen their backhoes and they seem to perform just as good as CAT, Deere, or a Case.
  3. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 837

    I try not to think about them...it makes my head hurt!:rolleyes:

    Seriously, I'm sure we did this JCB thing before. Have you tried a search?. Xing should be able to help!.

    And....Good machine...just don't like the service and support down here.
  4. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    What we are not supposed to post first then search later?:)

    I have been reading through some of the posts.

  5. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    Xing should be able to help? Haha! I can only say I think there's a better shade of yellow... :rolleyes:

    But seriously, I think JCB is a viable alternative -- they are wildely successful in Europe and in India, two markets Cat has some "trouble" in. JCB has revamped its line pretty significantly in the past few years, introducing larger cabs and operator refinement. I do fear that its dealer structure in the US is a little small, but certainly (and more importantly) that depends on the local dealer, not a generalized statement. I'm not sure about resale value, either (would expect it to be rather low here), but JCB does have a commitment to its compact range, which hasn't caught on in the US as well as it might like.

    To give specifics, in terms of operator perceptions, I've heard nary a thing.
  6. salopez

    salopez LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    I can tell you that I am happy with my old 1550B backhoe that I picked up at auction last year. JCB is def. a different beast. I have a great dealer here in Md. and would buy another without question. They are still a family owned co. and do what they feel is right, not what will make investors the most money.

    If you are happy with the machine you ran, give it a try.
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    After spending many hours in a JCB 4x4x4 backhoe would I buy one prolly not they are too cheaply built. If their backhoes are that cheaply built god knows what their excavators are like.

    Stick with a Deere/Hitachi or Cat or if your into mini ex then Kubota is in the line up.
  8. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571

    I'd tend to disagree with you on build quality. I owned a 8014 mini ex from them awhile back. It had 2000+ hours when I got rid of it a few months back, although that isn't a lot of hours, it still ran and performed like new. I think they're built as well or better than the bobcat mini ex's.
  9. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Maybe JCB's excavators are good, but their backhoes are terrible. Leaky, back heavy machines that are worthless in loose conditions.
  10. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    The parts on the backhoe literally fell off like the plastic parts. The hoe was horrible to run I have ran both types of Case foot pedals and multi sticks and regular two stick controls.

    The JCB was slow as molassis roading down the road I had another contractor running a 590 Case 4x4 blow past me I was going to slow :laugh:

    I think I would rather stick with proven brands of equipment.

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