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JCB unveils utility specification for popular 8018

JCB has been working with leading utility contractors to develop a special industry-specific version of its popular 8018 mini excavator. The largest of the three 801 minis, the 1.6 tonne machine retains its market-leading digging capabilities and its powerful 19hp (14.2kW) Tier III compliant motor, yet benefits from a range of safety specific additions.

To prevent damage on site, the lower door window has been replaced by a steel panel and the rear counterweight has additional rubber protective strips. The working lights, mounted on the cab roof and on the boom, are also equipped with protective guards to prevent damage. The Utility pack will include two fold-down supports for the dozer blade. These supports have a durable nylon base that sits on the road surface while digging, preventing any damage to the asphalt as the dozer blade is pushed down. The support blocks can be folded up out of the way when the blade is required for dozing work.

JCB's 8018 utility mini excavator painted in high visibility yellow and using the new pipe laying attachment previewed at JCB's utility event.

JCB will also provide the 8018 with all necessary wiring for customers to fit the popular EZiDIG service locator, from UK company Cable Detection. The wiring allows rapid installation of the EZiDIG sensor unit to the dipper arm, using high powered magnets, and the full in-cab display unit. The EZiDIG sensor constantly scans the ground for signals emitted by buried services, providing an additional level of security for operatives on site and preventing potentially costly damage to cables and to the machine.

Inside the cab the 8018 will be equipped with a weight-sensitive switch in the seat, to ensure that the operator is seated before driving the machine. The cab also comes with a document holder to allow customers to store the relevant safety and operating documentation required by some sites. Additional tie-down points complete the Utility package, the four swivelling points being located higher on the machines upper structure to prevent straps pulling on the sides of plant trailers during transit.

In addition to this comprehensive Utility specification, regular factory options include a hand-held hydraulic tool circuit, that can be used to power breakers, pumps, road saws and a number of other JCB Attachments power tools. Those customers who intend to continually use the machine with a boom-mounted breaker can also specify a heavy duty bushed kingpost, to further prolong service life and prevent downtime.

While some customers may prefer to continue to have machines supplied in their own fleet livery, the Utility 8018 will come with an optional high visibility yellow colour scheme. In addition the compact excavator will be supplied with additional reflective decals and JCB logos to ensure that it stands out when operating in busy road conditions. The Utility specification pack will be available as a factory order for the 8018 through JCBs network of construction equipment dealers.