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High praise for new JCB X-Series machine

JCB 220X LC excavator

Customer operator hails new JCB 220X as the best 20-tonne excavator JCB have ever made

ONE of the first new JCB X-Series tracked excavators to roll off the production line has been put straight to work just a few miles away from the JCB factory where it was built.

Purchased by Ashbourne-based civil engineering contractors PM Harris Ltd and supplied by dealers Gunn JCB, the machine is carrying out groundworks at JCB’s own Compact Products and Earthmovers factories in Cheadle, Staffordshire.

The brand new JCB 220X – a 20-tonne tracked excavator model, launched earlier this year – has been designed to provide maximum operator comfort, durability and reliability in operation.

PM Harris operator Wayne Goring said: ‘I’ve operated 360° excavators for nearly 19 years and this new JCB 220X is the best 20-tonne model I’ve ever experienced. It is the best machine JCB have ever made.

‘What a dream it is to drive. It’s fast, powerful and smooth. The cab is amazing, with loads of room and a comfy seat. The computer and the quick-hitch are very easy to use. This machine will take some beating.’

PM Harris director Paul Harris added: ‘We chose the new JCB X-Series because of several key factors. The layout in the cab is excellent and the hydraulics are faster, giving us greater fuel efficiency and productivity.

‘We like to support a local British manufacturer and have been using JCB equipment since we founded the business in 1975. In that time we’ve built an excellent relationship with our dealers who are great to work with and deliver on sales, parts and service. Another major advantage of choosing JCB is the LiveLink telematics system, which proves extremely valuable to us for its security features.’

The new JCB 220X features a 15% larger cab with integral ROPS structure, reduced noise levels, simple user interface and stronger side doors for greater strength and increased protection.

The machine also benefits from a central main boom mounting for increased digging accuracy and durability, plus a 200mm wider upper-structure that delivers improved packaging.

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