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JCB makes tracks with 7-tonne upgrade move

JCB HAS upgraded its 7-tonne tracked excavator as part of a programme to revamp its entire tracked range.

The new JS70 contains the curved styling and Nephron hydraulic oil filter in common with the rest of the JS range.

The machine, the smallest tracked excavator in the range, is available with conventional monoboom or double-pivoted offset boom, to allow digging parallel to the machine outside the track.

The rubber-tracked machine is aimed at smaller building sites or road works. Maximum dig depth is 4.14 m, dump height is 5.15 m and bucket breakout is 5.7 tonnes.

The last machine in the range to be updated, the 44-tonne JS450LC, will be relaunched early next year.

The company has made initial moves towards building a new parts centre and an attachments factory in Uttoxeter near to its current HQ.

Work on the factory is planned to start next year if planning permission is secured.