JCB shows off Stage V reduced swing X-Series digger

JCB has unveiled the first Stage V reduced swing model in the firm’s X-Series crawler excavator portfolio.

The 245XR will take its place in the 22-26 tonne reduced swing market, boasting a tail swing that is 40% shorter than the conventional 220X, with which it shares many features.

JCB explained this will offer contractors a model for use in confined spaces such as road construction and maintenance, utility work, and urban operations.

Features include a full size, one metre wide cab, and a Stage V JCB Dieselmax engine.

The 245XR can be ordered with either a monoboom or a TAB triple articulating boom. There is also a choice of 2.4m and 3.0m dipper arms. Maximum digging reach with the monoboom is 9,952mm, with a maximum digging depth of 6,627mm.

With a choice of 600-900mm heavy-duty track pads, JCB said the machine offers ‘exceptional stability’, while an optional dozer blade is offered for ‘maximum versatility’.

The 245XR uses the one metre wide cab featured on X-Series machines, which is 15% larger than on the previous JS generation. With an internal volume of 2.86m3, JCB revealed it is the largest cab in the sector.

A range of seating options developed with Grammer are offered, with a heated, adjustable air suspended seat with mechanical lumbar support fitted as standard. The X-Series cab has 11 fully adjustable air vents, with ‘multiple’ airflow modes to suit the operator and weather conditions.

The 245XR is powered by a EU Stage V-compliant JCB Dieselmax 448 diesel engine, delivering 129kW (173hp). The 4.8-litre engine uses a Selective Catalytic Reduction Filter (SCR-F) that comprises a combined SCR, Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC). There is no requirement for Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and the system has been removed from the new inlet manifold, which JCB said results in a cleaner burning engine.

The hydraulic system uses Kawasaki pumps, with Kayaba main control valve for fine control. The hydraulic hose diameter has been increased to deliver improved flow with less resistance, the manufacturer added.

JCB has installed large service doors to ease access to filters and fill points. Air filter and hydraulic filter life is up to 2,000 hours, while engine oil changes intervals are set at 500 hours.