The 20-tonne JS20MH is JCB’s first ever dedicated material handler for the waste and recycling indus

The 20-tonne JS20MH is JCB’s first ever dedicated material handler for the waste and recycling industry.

UK-based construction equipment manufacturer JCB has unveiled its first ever dedicated material handler for the waste and recycling industry.

The 20-tonne JS20MH, which was shown in prototype at the recycling & waste management exhibition (Birmingham, UK, 13 - 15 September), will be targeted at public and private waste management companies handling municipal solid waste (MSW) in civic amenity sites, transfer stations, materials recycling facilities (MRFs) and specialist material recycling companies.

The JS20MH uses the same engine and hydraulics developed for JCB's 18 tonne class JS175W wheeled excavator, however, the undercarriage is a completely new design. It features a centralised slew turret for increased all-round stability and uniform lift performance throughout the 360° rotation, said the company, while the slew gear box delivers "increased slew accuracy" while loading.

The JS20MH will be available with a fixed or hydraulically raised cab for improved vision and safety when loading containers.

Powered by a 92 kW (123 hp) engine and fitted with a 5.7 m straight boom as standard, the JS20MH will also be available with a 4 m gooseneck dipper for scrap applications, or a shorter 3 m straight dipper for waste applications.

Maximum achievable pin reach is approximately 9.5 m.

According to the company, an "intelligent" reversible fan provides excellent cooling performance and a Turbo II air pre-cleaner gives additional engine filtration.

Safety features include cab guarding, front and rear light guards and red and white chevrons on the excavator's rear end, while operator comfort is enhanced by an air-conditioned cab.

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