Signalling changing times, the construction and agricultural machinery maker JCB has begun producing the world’s first fully electric mini excavator.
It is powered by JCB’s own 4.4L EcoMax, 4-cylinder engine delivering 74hp.
A 90L/min hydraulic system gives rapid cycling and a 120L/min upgrade option can be specified for high demand applications.
Already proven in the standard wheel format, the 3TS-8W tracked machine has more capacity due to its greater tare weight, pushing beyond the wheeled units’ 4.4 tonnes to a useful 5.7t. Rated capacity at full boom extension is 732kg.
Load-over heights of 2.9 - 3.8m and forward reach of 1.1 - 2.25m at ground level show the versatility of the telescopic layout.
The machine is good for loading or unloading bales, pallets, boxes and bags from one side of a road truck or farm trailer; users can switch between fixed or self-levelling bucket control that combines with the Smoothride suspension system for ultimate load control.
Additionally, operators can manipulate the boom to mimic the actions of a frontloader with vertical-lift geometry.