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Purchase a JCB JS130, JZ140, JS200, 220X or 245XR excavator and get EXTENDED Premier Cover Warranty 3 Year/6000 Hour for FREE!*

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The super-efficient 20 tonne JCB excavator is slashing fuel costs for contractors, with one demolition contractor in South Australia saying he’s cut fuel costs by up to $400 per week.

Mr Dapy’s Demolition, run by Sean D’Apollonio, specialises in asbestos removal, strip outs, external and internal demolition. Sean uses the new machine on residential demolition sites that range between 400m2 and 6000m2 in size. Sean started looking for a new excavator when his old machine was fire bombed by vandals. The fuel savings he has made since the unplanned upgrade have been significant.


The JS200LC Hydraulic Excavator

The JCB JS200LC is the 20 tonne model in our heavy tracked excavators range. It’s blessed with exceptional efficiency, strength, productivity, comfort, safety and ease of maintenance.

The JS200LC’s new DIESELMAX 448 engine provides up to 20% fuel savings over our outgoing model, while a closed box-section revolving frame increases strength and reduces stress. JCB have also created an all-new high-strength boom and dipper for this 360 excavator, and they’ve used only the very best components too, like Berco / ITM running gear, Kawasaki pumps and Kayaba main control valves.


Strength and Durability

A new reinforced boom and dipper is made of high tensile strength steel, with three piece wrapper plates and cast ends for strength and durability. JCB’s advanced manufacturing and assembly processes produce high precision and quality assembled components. JCB’s engine technology is tried and proven; they’ve built 200,000 DIESELMAX units since 2004. The JCB 20 tonne excavator boast the best components in the industry, including Berco / ITM running gear, Kawasaki pumps, Kayaba valve blocks and JCB DIESELMAX engines.

The high-strength undercarriage of a JCB 20 tonne excavator uses a fully-welded X frame construction for long-term durability even in the most demanding applications. A closed box section revolving frame increases strength and reduces stress. It’s also highly resistant to impact damage. The high-strength rigid upper frame provides maximum durability and support. Our stiff, durable door design gives great strength and rigidity.



JCB’s quickhitch system makes attachment changing fast and easy, and is purpose-designed for the JS range. For ultra-versatility, JCB offers a full list of auxiliary pipework options including hammer, auxiliary, and low flow. Choose the optional rubber street pads and you can use the JS200 on sensitive grounds like tarmac without causing damage.

Simultaneous tracking and excavating is smooth and fast with an intuitive multifunction operation. A 20 tonne excavator has a solid, stable work platform for fast cycle times. With a massive 15800 Kgf bucket tearout and fast cycle times, the JS200 is extremely productive in all applications. JCB’s innovative hydraulic regeneration system means oil is recycled across the cylinders for faster cycle times and reduced fuel consumption.

JCB’s new DIESELMAX engines use up to 10% less fuel than our previously sourced Japanese engines, saving you money. This is partly due to the fact that DIESELMAX engines produce high torque at just 1500 –1600 rpm, making for improved fuel-efficient matching of the hydraulics. To reduce noise pollution from unnecessary air flow, the engine-driven cooling fan has a proportional control system, maintaining optimum fan speed. The JS200 variable power bands allow you to tailor performance – and therefore economy – to specific tasks.


Operator Environment

A 70/30 front screen split gives a JCB 20 tonne excavator excellent front visibility. A clear view of the front right track provides easy, safe trench digging and manoeuvring. An innovative low-level bonnet provides excellent rearward visibility.

The 3.5″ colour monitor multi-function display is easy to read in all light conditions, provides instant operational information, and has a customisable home screen. The JS200 excavator Tool Select feature can set up auxiliary hydraulic circuits quickly and accurately to match flow requirements of any attachment.

The JCB 20 tonne excavator creates a quieter working environment inside and out. Because we’ve reduced noise levels to 72dB(A) inside and 103dB(A) outside, you can use the machine at any location, anytime. JCB JS200 cab uses 6 viscous rubber mounts to minimise noise and vibration. The positive pressure cab keeps out dirt and dust.  JCB’s climate control option offers a precisely controlled cab temperature with fresh or recirculated air. Demisting/defrosting functions keep the front window clear. There’s a spacious luggage tray behind the operator’s seat. A large floor area with large high grip pedals gives easy and precise tracking.



The air filter on a JCB 20 tonne excavator is easily accessible, and a double-element construction simplifies cleaning. The filters on a JS200 (engine oil, hydraulic oil and fuel) are centrally located for fast, easy servicing. Because they’re mounted side by side, the engine radiator, hydraulic cooler and intercooler can be serviced individually yet cleaned easily.

We’ve eliminated the need for a visibowl style pre-cleaner on the JS200 with our new scavenger filtration system. This uses suction from the cooling fan to remove heavier particles from the induction system. Our innovative recalibration option allows DieselMax to run on lower grade fuels. This means the JS200 can be resold across different territories, which improves residuals. JCB’s In-Cab Monitor checks engine oil levels, coolant, and system errors on start-up.



The JS200 bonnet opens front-to-rear for easy and safe engine service access. For extra peace of mind, JCB JS200 cabs are available with an integral Rollover Protection Structure (ROPS). It’s also easy to fit JCB’s Falling Objects Protection Structure (FOPS), thanks to standard fitment mounting brackets. JCB’s Safety Level Lock fully isolates hydraulic functions to avoid unintended movements. Our 2GO system means a JCB JS200 can only be started in a safe locked position via two separate inputs. JCB JS200s have a large glass area and low bonnet line for superb visibility. A JCB JS200’s steps and platforms have anti-slip punched steel plates for optimum grip, even in wet or icy conditions. Bolt-on plates have recessed bolts to reduce trip hazards. Your JS200 is equipped with a full set of side and rear view mirrors for all round visibility and safety compliance. There’s no need to climb onto the JS200 to check oil levels; all routine servicing can be done from ground level. Factory fitted safety rails protect operators from falls when they’re on the upper structure of the JS200. The JS200’s optional beacons can improve onsite safety still further.

For more information on excavators please contact your local dealer on 1300 522 232.


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