New X-series excavator from JCB

By Andy Brown21 September 2021

Construction OEM JCB has launched its first Stage V reduced swing model in the growing X-Series crawler excavator line-up.

The 245XR will compete in the 22-26 tonne reduced swing market. JCB says that they have focused on operator comfort, stability, productivity, efficiency and serviceability.

The new model has a full size, one metre cab but at 1,720mm, the 245XR has a tail swing that is 40% shorter than the conventional 220X.

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) with a large ash holding capacity.

There is no requirement for Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and the system has been removed from the new inlet manifold, resulting in a cleaner burning engine.

At the online launch JCB executives commented that, apart from the engine, the machine would have the same features whether it was a stage V or IV final model. They added that demand for excavators of this size class was growing.

On a more general note, the executives also noted that governments around the world investing in infrastructure alongside supply chain issues were causing longer lead times for the delivery of new equipment. JCB CEO Graeme MacDonald added that the company would, “probably not” be at Bauma 2022.

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