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JCB launches two new specialist compact models at EHS 2010

The Executive Hire Show will see the first public appearance of two new JCB models the 515-40 Loadall telescopic handler and a Utility version of its 8018 mini excavator.

The JCB 515-40 the smallest telescopic handler the company has ever built - will bring the benefits of JCBs market-leading Loadall range to previously inaccessible construction and industrial applications as a result of a design innovation which has reduced the machine height to less than two metres. The Utility 8018 has been tailor made with a series of additional features to meet the specific needs of the UK utilities market.

The new 515-40 model is 1.8m high, 2.97m long and weighs less than 3.5 tonnes. Delivering powerful performance despite these compact dimensions, the new machine will bring the benefits of JCBs market-leading Loadall range to previously inaccessible construction and industrial applications.

At the heart of the JCB 515-40 is an innovative, patented chassis design. To achieve the lowest possible working height, JCB has challenged conventional design concepts to develop this unique, off-set, single-spine chassis with the machines cab then occupying the resulting space.

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To prevent damage on site, the lower door window has been replaced by a steel panel and the rear counterweight has additional rubber protective strips.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 will also provide the 8018 with all necessary wiring for customers to fit the popular EZiDIG service locator, from UK-based 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.

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.