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JCB unveil first ever dedicated material handler

AT RWM 2010, JCB previewed a brand new dedicated material handler for the waste and recycling industry.

The 20-tonne JS20MH will target public and private waste-management companies handling municipal solid waste in civic amenity sites, transfer stations, materials recycling facilities, and also specialist material recycling companies. 

Set to join JCB’s JS200W Wastemaster – a conventional wheeled excavator adapted for the needs of scrap and waste handling industries - the JS20MH will capitalize on the company’s expertize in the production of wheeled excavators and shares the engine and hydraulics with the JS175W model. The undercarriage, however, is a completely new design and features a centralized slew turret for increased all-round stability and uniform lift performance throughout the 360 degree rotation. 

This result is consistent operation and true material handler characteristics, aided further by a slew gearbox that delivers increased slew accuracy while loading. Purpose-built for the waste and recycling environment, the machine will be available with fixed or hydraulically raised cab for loading containers, giving improved vision and safety on site. 


Powered by a 92kW (123hp) engine and fitted with a 5.7m straight boom, the JS20MH will be tailor-made for excellent material handling performance. The options are a 4.0m gooseneck dipper for scrap applications or a shorter 3.0m straight dipper for waste applications – each creating a smaller rig than the JS200W Wastemaster. The maximum achievable pin reach is approximately 9.5m. 

An intelligent reversible fan gives optimum cooling performance and a Turbo II air pre-cleaner provides additional engine filtration. Cab guarding, front and rear light guarding and red and white chevrons on the excavator’s rear end combine for machine protection and on-site safety, while operator comfort is enhanced by an air-conditioned cab. All of these features will be included as part of the standard JS20MH specification.


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