JCB has developed a skid steer loader to meet the rigorous demands of the demolition industry.

The JCB 155 SSL combines the key strengths of the company’s conventional range with a package of demolition-specific features.

The machine performs soft strip tasks inside and ground clearance applications outside. Its low operating weight ensures a light floor loading and it can be lifted to upper floors courtesy of four lifting eyes positioned to minimise the possibility of machine damage when the lifting chain constrains.

JCB’s “PowerBoom” design uses a single arm, rather than the conventional two-arm skid steer design. This enables the use of a left side entry door, allowing the operator to enter and exit the machine clear of the attachment and loader arm regardless of arm position. There is also a large emergency exit, which could prove crucial in potentially hazardous applications.

The company said the 155 SSL is up to 16% more fuel-efficient than rival models, while a range of features have been introduced to improve serviceability. O-ring face seal hydraulic fittings and a simplified design result in 38% fewer parts, while a new tilting cab design gives technicians improved access to the machine’s power train and hydraulic components.

The skid steer also features a large rear service door for easy access to the engine and daily checkpoints. Machine protection is enhanced by routing hydraulic hoses through the boom, preventing damage from impact in confined spaces on site.

For demolition, the 155 SSL benefits from a pressurised cab designed to reduce ingress of dust and harmful airborne material. It has level 2 FOPS (Falling Objective Protective Structure) and there is also an impact protection front screen guard and enclosed mesh cab guards.

The operating weight is 2,883 kg, and at 1.98 m high and 1.60 m wide it is able to work in the tightest spaces.

Powered by a 42kW JCB Diesel by Kohler engine, the machine has a travel speed of 18.5 km/h, 70 litres/min hydraulic flow and a rated capacity of 703 kg.

It also has an extensive range of attachments, including specialist tools.

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