JCB says the new “Contractor specification model” of its 8018 compact excavator is a product of consultations with the company’s customers. Based on contractors’ input, JCB says, the specifications and option packages on the new model have been tailored to match the requirements of busy urban job sites.
Key features of the 8018 Contractor specification model include the following:
- 500-hour extended greasing intervals
- Electrical proportional auxiliaries
- LED work lights with additional guarding
- Additional counterweight protection
- Hand-held tool circuit
- Street-pad dozer blade protection
JCB says the Contractor spec will reduce operating costs while enhancing both safety and operational efficiency.
All excavator arm and undercarriage bushes are now equipped with graphite-impregnated bushes, the company says, delivering 500-hour greasing intervals to save time and maintenance costs.
For increased safety on urban job sites, LED work lights are now fitted to the front of the machine and to the boom. The auxiliaries, meanwhile, have been updated to an electrical operation. The thumb-operated switch enables simple proportional control of the auxiliary flows, JCB says.
The Contractor spec model comes standard with rubber street pads on the dozer blade to prevent damage to roadways, but these can be removed easily without the use of any tools.
The machine can be ordered with a full operator’s cab or canopy. In cab models, the lower-door window glass has been replaced with a steel panel – another design feature resulting from “extensive consultation with customers,” JCB says.
Built-in tie-down points on the rear side of the upper structure and kingpost improve safety when transporting the machine on a trailer.
The JCB 8018 Contractor specification incorporates a separate, hand-held tool circuit, as well as standard auxiliary hoses on the boom. JCB says the hand-held circuit provides hydraulic power to drive a range of tools, including hand-held breakers, cut-off saws and water pumps.