Refinements raise JCB bar

The West Australian

A more efficient range of diesel generators with a number of improved features has been launched into the farm equipment market by JCB Agriculture.

The JCB QS range of diesel-engine-powered generators with prime outputs from 20 to 220kVA can provide electrical power to grain stores and dryers for seasonal use where mains electricity is unavailable, and to livestock buildings and horticultural facilities as back-up power in the event of mains supply failure.

JCB Agriculture product marketing manager Edward Roach said JCB generators were designed above all for reliability.

"Whether it's providing power in locations where installing a mains supply is prohibitively expensive or where emergency back-up power is essential - such as for pig and poultry housing - the new JCB QS range has the solution," he said.

Refinements introduced with the new range include three-stage fuel filtration to ensure the engines run reliably and a one-piece roof structure to better guard against water ingress when the generator is positioned outdoors.

Bigger slam-shut steel-panel doors provide easier access for periodical checks and servicing. Alternators from leading specialist manufacturer Mecc Alte and the use of other premium-quality components for key items such as circuit breakers and the control panel contribute to reliable long-term service.

Using proven JCB engines for the new generators is another key attraction because of their record for reliability and fuel economy and their familiarity to JCB agricultural equipment dealers for optimum servicing and maintenance.

The 20-45kVA models in the JCB QS range are powered by the new JCB diesel by Kohler engine, developed in partnership and powering JCB's latest 408/409 rigid arm and 180/220 telescopic mini-wheeled loaders.

The compact canopy and small footprint of the generators in this power range minimises installation space and reduces transport costs.

Four-cylinder JCB Dieselmax engines are used for the 60-140kVA versions, delivering fuel-efficient power generation that mirrors their track record in JCB Agri wheeled loaders, Loadall telescopic handlers and TeleMaster telescopic loaders.

Top-of-the range QS generators with 160-220kVA prime outputs are powered by the new six-cylinder JCB Dieselmax 672 engine, which typically delivers a 7 per cent fuel saving over previous JCB generators using a different power unit, and as much as 8 per cent less than equivalent models from other manufacturers. Class-leading electrical power outputs also characterise these competitive generators.

Common features across the new JCB QS range include heavy duty tie-down points, lifting hooks and optional fork pockets; a fuel tank sized to match the engine that can be partially or fully removed to make cleaning out easier; and a canopy and base that is phosphate dipped then powder paint coated for maximum corrosion resistance.

Options include a bunded base to contain fuel leaks or filling spillages, an engine block heater, earth leakage protection and a battery charger.

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