JCB’s new VM117D makes North America debut
JCB has unveiled its VM117D soil compactor to the North American market during Conexpo 2014
JCB’s stylish new soil compactor - the VM117D – has made its North American market debut at Conexpo 2014.
With an 11tonne operating weight and equipped with JCB’s 93kW Tier 4 Interim Ecomax engine, said to deliver a 10% fuel saving, the single-drum VM117D can be used for a wide range of work in infrastructure and housing projects. It has a smooth drum as standard with pad foot drums as an option.
“We’ve improved the compaction criteria, including amplitude, frequency, centrifugal force, static linear load and weight distribution, so fewer passes are needed to meet material density requirements,” said Tim Burnhope, JCB’s chief innovation and growth officer, during the UK company’s Conexpo 2014 press conference.
JCB’s latest intelligent compaction system (ICS) automatically and infinitely adjusts the VM117D’s amplitude and frequency settings, according to the achieved compaction results in improved fuel economy and productivity.
A range of compaction recording systems (compatronic) is available for the model, from a basic system to compaction analysis system, combined with GPS tracking and a printer function to document the work. JCB’s Automatic Vibration Control automatic compaction control system is standard on the VM117D model and designed to avoid over-compaction at the end of each pass.
“The JCB VM117D is another great example of how we continue to re-engineer our compactors for better results and a smoother finish,” added Burnhope.