A Western Australian earthmoving specialist got a pleasant surprise when he bought a new JCB 260T compact track loader, discovering that the versatile machine was suited to a wider range of jobs than it was initially purchased for.
Dundas Civil, based in the north-eastern Perth suburb of Inglewood, is owned and operated by Evan Callow. Evan has been running his own business for 14 years, doing civil subdivision work including roads, sewerage and drainage, underground services and earthworks. He also does some of his own property development on a small scale.
He bought the 260T to do roadworks with the grader blade attachment but it’s now being used on a range of tasks.
“Because of its power and torque, I find I can use it on other jobs such as stripping top soil, raking roots and even installing fence posts, none of which I was intending to use it for. And of course JCB has a huge range of attachments that can do those jobs. I’m very happy with it,” he says.
Evan has set up his 260T with machine control to do laser levelling, investing in an after-market GPS to take the guess-work and manual labour out of many of the company’s regular tasks.
“The versatility and flexibility of the JCB machine works well with the GPS, making it easier and faster to get jobs done, no matter how big or small the project is,” he says.
As part of the new compact track loader range from JCB, the 260T has been designed from the ground up, with inspiration from the company’s world class-leading telehandler range.
The new skid steer loaders have a larger, quieter cab, 270° of visibility, and the pulling power and fuel efficiency of a 55kW JCB Diesel MAX engine. The tilting cab and rear opening service door make for easier servicing and less downtime.
Another feature that made the 260T attractive to Evan was the single PowerBoom loader arm and side entry, Evan says having one arm rather than two gives the operator more vision and having that extra visibility is vital for safety and accuracy.
“Having side access is a real bonus. With a conventional skid steer loader, you go in and out the front and, with an attachment on, that means you’re climbing over everything. This is so much easier.”
Evan says level of support offered by his JCB CEA Territory Manager was another key factor in the final decision to buy.
“JCB CEA’s Territory Manager in WA, Trevor Ayres, has a wealth of knowledge and he made the whole purchase process a very relaxed and enjoyable experience,” Evan says.