JCB’s Hydradig excavator has taken the construction realm by storm after making its first appearance at an equipment trade show in Munich a couple of weeks ago. Impressively, a number of orders have already been set for the new machine basically because of the innovative and most-advanced components incorporated into it.
According to the manufacturing company, their Hydradig is one of the first diggers to deliver better visibility and stability. Its engine and tanks are placed in the chassis and not within the upper structure of the machine, thus, giving the operator a clearer visibility of the four wheels from his position. This ergonomic design also helps in lowering the center of gravity for enhanced stability and reduces the tailswing and counterweight for increased accident avoidance.
“The Hydradig really does have innovation running right through the heart of it,” says Lord Bamford, JCB’s chairman who initiated the development of the excavator. “In fact, it will transform the industry and I am certain customers will quickly appreciate its benefits,” he added.
JCB’s chief executive, Graeme Macdonald, also expressed his thoughts about their new equipment. In a statement, he noted: “We have a philosophy that innovation is the lifeblood of the company and we really do live and breath that, every day. This is a big deal. It’s not just about improving an existing product for an existing market, it’s about creating something entirely new. We have lowered the centre of gravity making it a much more stable product and safer for the operator and it can travel at around 40kmph. It’s for use for home-building and general construction work but we have broken the mould with this and we have listened to what our customers wanted.”
Macdonald also said that the release of their 10-tonne digger is one of the most significant and most successful launches in the history of their company, with orders for it coming in really thick and fast.