2023 - Volume #47, Issue #2, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
One-Armed Skid Steer Has Side Door
The first noticeable difference is not climbing over the bucket or attachments to reach the seat. There’s a door on the side.
The second difference is there’s only one arm attached to the bucket instead of two.
JCB’s range of seven skid steers has about 60 percent better visibility than the conventional twin-arm machines because there’s less to block sight lines.
The lower boom profile on the large platform makes it easier for the driver to see in all directions. It’s also easier to see the quick hitch in front and the tracks or wheels on the sides.
As you sit in the driver’s seat, the door is to your left, while the single arm is attached to the right side of the machine.
Gary Hauseman is the location sales manager for Hoober, Inc. in Intercourse, Penn. They sell JCB Machines, and he says they’re designed for excellent balance with one boom.
“The cab is offset,” Hauseman says. “Plus, the boom has added strength built in to compensate for the stress on one side of the machine.”
A large cross-member of the chassis increases the overall strength and supports the Powerboom with either a standard mechanical or optional quick-powered hitch.
The JCB skid steers come with a 74-hp. engine, and its fuel tank is mounted on the inside loader tower for maximum protection and equipped with an accessible drain port.
The cooling system is a little different than traditional skid steers. The JCB engine will pull cool air in from above and push the hot air out through the sides of the machine and away from the operator, a handy benefit during the hot summer months.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gary Hauseman, Hoober Inc., 3452 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, Penn. 17534 (ph 717-768-8231; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.hoober.com).
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