The JCB 48Z-1 Built for Tough Conditions and Hard Work

The JCB 48Z-1 four tonne excavator has been developed to exceed even the most demanding of tasks.

It is one of the strongest and highest performing mini excavators JCB has built. It’s highly productive, compact, agile, innovative and economical to own. It also includes exclusive safety features, along with being smooth to operate and easy to service.

“The true zero tail swing JCB 48Z-1 mini digger is incredibly manoeuvrable even in the most confined spaces because there’s no rear overhang outside the footprint of the tracks”, said JCB CEA Product Manager, Glenn McLeod.

“The efficient 2.2-litre Perkins 404D-22 engine delivers 35.7kW at 2000rpm powering the 48Z-1 and providing the optimum fuel efficiency.”

Tonne for tonne of material moved, the 48Z-1 is a leader in its class when it comes to fuel efficiency.

Tracking performance is smooth and precise, ensuring high dozer capabilities and fast travel times. To increase productivity, the auto kickdown motors automatically adapt to changes in terrain, increasing productivity and reducing operator fatigue.

The JCB 48Z-1 generates huge bucket tear-out forces of 38kN and dipper forces of up to 22kN. What’s more, by perfectly matching the boom and dipper, JCB has created optimal dig end geometry, helping you to work and load in confined areas with ease. Bucket rotation is a huge 181˚, offering great spoil retention during truck loading.

Smooth, precise and balanced multifunctioning is easy with this excavator, courtesy of a premium closed centre hydraulic system that provides improved flow sharing.

With class-leading greasing intervals of 500 hours, you can expect minimal downtime. While the cab monitor provides alerts on your excavator’s diagnostic status.

Engine revs reduce when the operator’s armrest is raised, improving fuel economy and noise levels. “There’s also a one-touch idle feature that conserves fuel too, “said Glenn. Programmable auto idle can also be activated when the controls have been inactive for a period of time.

The 48Z-1 mini can control engine speed for different hydraulic flows by simply cycling through four different power bands: Light, Eco, Heavy and Heavy Plus. This means you can tailor performance to any application. Load-sensing hydraulics are standard-fit on the 48Z-1. This innovative feature means that your hydraulics only consume power on demand, conserving fuel for when you need it most.

Fully ROPS and TOPS compliant, the 48Z-1 provides the ultimate protection to both cab and operator. For further safety JCB’s safety lever lock fully isolates this mini digger’s hydraulic functions to prevent unintended movement.

“Our unique 2GO system ensures your mini excavator hydraulics can only be operated

in a safe lockable position via two separate inputs,” said Glenn.

“An overload screen displays a bar chart from green to red, indicating whether the overload point is close or exceeded.

Once the limit is passed, the buzzer sounds and the bar flashes to warn the operator.”

A large track frame width and low centre of gravity helps the JCB 48Z-1 to offer amazing stability. This powerful small digger also offers amazing visibility, ensuring easier, safer trench digging and manoeuvring. This is thanks in part to a 70/30 front screen split. While the upper screen swings into an overhead storage position, the lower screen can be removed and stowed inside the cab.

All dig end and dozer greasing intervals on a JCB 48Z-1 mini digger are best-in-class at 500 hours, thanks to graphite impregnated bronze bushes; needless to say, this saves you time and money. JCB has packaged the bushed kingpost with these machines further reducing overall whole of life cost.

An open frame undercarriage with sloping track legs also makes cleaning easier.

There are no plastic external body panels on the new JCB 48Z-1 small excavator; instead, this machine features 100% high strength pressed steel bodywork.

Colour-coded hydraulic hoses make for easy identification, while dozer hoses are simple to replace because they terminate at the bulkhead. The wide-opening steel bonnet and external fuel indicator make it easy to fill this mini excavator’s tank from ground level.

Remove two bolts to lift out your digger’s entire cab floor, giving you full access to the main control valve spools, hydraulic connections, and many other components for inspection or replacement.

The JCB 48Z-1 mini digger features an extremely spacious cab, with storage galore, a phone tray, stowage net and a cup holder. The whole area is accessed easily and safely via a large door.

The deluxe fully adjustable suspension seating provides great comfort for excavator operators and features independent adjustable positions for the ultimate in ergonomics. There’s a radio, 12V phone charger and powerful, efficient air conditioning system with 8 vents for added comfort during hot days in the cab.

Boasting an innovative rotary controller and easy touch switches that have been specially designed for easy operation, with ergonomic electro-hydraulic dozer control as standard, operators can achieve smooth and precise grading control.

You can alternate quickly between single/hammer and double-acting auxiliary flow functions thanks to a convenient switch in the cab.

You can easily adjust and programme flow settings for specific attachments, with a built in memory to store your settings so that they can be easily retrieved between jobs. Information such as service and machine diagnostics help the operator to keep on top of the status of the machine. Alerts and service interval countdowns will keep you up to date, and always one step ahead of the possibility of downtime.

The JCB 48Z-1 really is the ultimate mini excavator if you are looking for a strong and reliable machine that offers safety and ease of operation as standard.

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