JCB updates Utility specification for popular 8018 compact excavator

By working in partnership with its customers, JCB is able to offer tailored specifications and option packs to suit a wide range of industry sectors. The JCB 8018 Utility specification provides utility contractors and local authorities with a mini excavator specifically designed to work in busy urban job sites.

Key features include:

  • 500-hour extended greasing intervals
  • LED work lights with additional guarding
  • Additional counterweight protection
  • Hand-held tool circuit
  • Street pad dozer blade protection

Originally launched in 2009, the Utility specification has been a popular choice with contractors, rental companies and local authorities. JCB is now upgrading the Utility specification to reduce operating costs and enhance safety. All excavator arm and undercarriage bushes are now equipped with graphite-impregnated bushes, delivering 500 hour greasing intervals, saving time and money in maintenance costs. For increased safety on site, powerful LED working lights are now fitted to the front of the machine and to the boom, with additional protective guards to prevent damage.

The machine also incorporates as standard rubber street pads on the dozer blade, to prevent damage to the highway while working. These can be easily removed without the use of any tools and stored safely in the toolbox in the cab. The JCB 8018 Utility specification can be ordered with a full operator’s cab or a canopy. In the case of the cab the lower door window glass is replaced with a steel panel to reduce the risk of damage on site. This is just one of the many design features that have been incorporated following extensive consultation with customers.

Customers can also opt for a green seatbelt fastened beacon if required, while an operator presence switch in the seat prevents operation from outside the machine.

High visibility decals enhance the appearance of the excavator, while improving safety in busy urban streets and when working in low light conditions. Built-in tie-down points on the rear side of the upper structure and kingpost further improve safety when transporting the machine on a trailer.

Bolt-on rubber counterweight protection is designed to protect the machine from accidental damage boosting residual values for operators.

The JCB 8018 Utility specification incorporates a separate hand-held tool circuit, as well as standard auxiliary hoses on the boom. The hand-held circuit provides hydraulic power to drive a range of tools, including hand-held breakers, cut-off saws and water pumps, increasing versatility and boosting productivity for street repair teams by cutting the number of machines required on site.

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