(March 2016) With Australia currently in the midst of a construction boom, one piece of JCB machinery is being seen as the machine of choice for concrete contractors.
JCB’s 86C-1 was launched to the Australian market last year, and JCB Construction Equipment Australia (CEA) Compact and Aftermarket Equipment Salesperson David Worboys, says the machine’s compact size does not deter from its productivity, seeing many contractors opting for the 86C-1.
“This machine has the capabilities of many larger models – it’s productive, fuel efficient and powerful. And due to its compact size, it’s perfectly suited to residential construction sites where access can be challenging,” David says.
“Increased hydraulic flow allows operators to run larger augers on the 86C-1, so they can complete more lineal metres in less time.
David says the difference between the previous model and this one is substantial, with a new cab, drivetrain and hydraulic features increasing the application scope.
“Full proportional hydraulic auxiliary controls, in-cab flow adjustments and an easy to use colour monitor are just a few of the changes that provide productivity gains for operators and owners. Fuel efficiency has been improved dramatically with our LiveLink reports showing savings with the 86C-1 are 15% more than the previous model,” he says.
“The current construction boom means that contractors are looking at work for the next 10-14 years, so they are looking to upgrade their machines to the newest model, with higher outputs and up-to-date features in order to get the most life out of them to save costs in the long term.”
One such contractor is Pino Viggiani of T&N Concrete NSW, who upgraded his JCB 8065 excavator to an 86C-1 about six months ago, and hasn’t looked back.
“JCBs are known as reliable and productive machines. It was an easy choice when we decided to upgrade,” Pino says.
T&N Concrete NSW has over 25 years’ experience in concreting for residential and industrial applications, working on projects including architect-designed homes, major works and subdivisions.
“Our services include piers and footings for foundations, fencing and retaining walls, as well as slabs. The 86C-1 helps us dig out the footings and piers, making life on the worksite that much easier and more productive.
“The size is also perfect for the type of work we do, it’s easy to manoeuvre around our sites and there is no compromise with productivity, it performs just as well as we would expect the larger models to.”