Old JCB Tractors: Can They Still Get the Job Done?
By Tom Seest
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JCB is widely recognized for its plant machinery and construction equipment, but did you know they also make tractors? Founded by Joseph Cyril Bamford in 1945 in Uttoxeter’s small garage, Joseph Cyril began by creating agricultural tipping trailers.
A JCB Fastrac tractor’s high operating speeds make it ideal for road hauling and fieldwork, featuring GPS capability out-of-the-box as well as dealer service monitoring through LiveLink.
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The JCB Fastrac 3185 is an extremely versatile tractor with plenty of power. Introduced over two decades ago and still popular today, its versatility makes it suitable for various tasks in steep, undulating terrain. Featuring coil-sprung heavy-duty axles and a self-leveling hydraulic system makes this model great for hauling trailers or spreading muck or slurry; additionally, it boasts category III rear three-point linkage as well as an impressive lift capacity of 7000kg! Additionally, its fuel tank holds 350 liters – making this model unique among tractor models in terms of capability!
Its center-mounted cab provides superior comfort over traditional tractor cabins. Furthermore, its higher position provides enhanced all-round visibility. Furthermore, this tractor comes equipped with air conditioning and radio services; additionally, there’s even an easy tilt steering wheel for effortless steering!
The JCB 3185 features an automatic six-speed gearbox, complete with synchronizers that may become worn over time, so before purchasing used models, it is wise to check that gears four, five, and six engage smoothly. In addition, there are both hydraulic trailer brakes and truck-style air handbrakes, so it can accommodate most trailed implements.
JCB began as a producer of tipping trailers in the 1940s before expanding its operations to include hydraulic backhoe loaders in the 1960s. By the 1980s, they had begun researching high-speed agricultural tractors with all-around suspension to improve performance and comfort in hilly environments – their first model being created in 1990.
JCB has produced several models of its Fastrac, each one boasting unique characteristics. The Fastrac is notable for its strong chassis and large, symmetrical drive wheels which come equipped with dual disc front brakes and disc rear brakes for a comfortable ride at speeds of up to 80 kph on roads. Furthermore, its non-telescopic Dromone pick-up hitch can become worn due to lack of regular use, and its rear drive shaft spool valves may become worn over time; these can be replaced using cost-effective conversion kits such as Russell Fastraxx for further cost reduction in maintenance costs.
JCB Fastrac 3230 XTRA offers the ideal blend of high power, incredible comfort, remarkable efficiency, and ultimate versatility. Additionally, it boasts industry-leading safety. The fastrac also comes equipped with all-round suspension for increased traction without power hop and increased GPS accuracy up to 40kph, as well as its own homegrown 24Fx9R semi-powershift gearbox for even greater versatility.
The JCB Fastrac is powered by a 7.4 liter Sisu engine, which produces 230hp and 1015Nm of torque, fine-tunable for either maximum performance or fuel efficiency. The spacious and comfortable cab comes equipped with full suspension air-suspended seating as well as plenty of legroom.
This JCB tractor is easy to operate, and its controls are clearly laid out. It features a working steering wheel, big tread tires, and a clear windscreen with a tow hitch that is compatible with other models of its 1:32 scale. Crafted of diecast metal and plastic construction, its model also comes equipped with a rear view mirror, work lights, exhaust pipes, and decals, making this tractor the perfect addition to any farm collection!
JCB has enhanced the headland management system on this new model by making it simpler and quicker to pre-program and activate, although not as intuitive as some competitors’ solutions. Furthermore, their upgraded electronic spool valves have improved in reliability while still needing regular maintenance due to being susceptible to clogging; replacement kits are available to keep everything operating smoothly.
This JCB tractor stands out with its ability to quickly switch between two different implements. It boasts a category III rear linkage that can be quickly adjusted without using tools, and it is capable of lifting power-harrows as well. Furthermore, its front linkage can also be raised or lowered according to task requirements, making maneuverability easy when getting into tight spots.
This JCB tractor offers an amazing, comfortable cab featuring an air-suspension seat and ample legroom. Its spacious yet quiet cab comes equipped with features like MP3 player connectivity and mobile phone charging points; plus, this tractor boasts powerful and reliable EU truck-standard ABS brakes for extra peace of mind.
JCB FASTRAC Shows the Way to Success
JCB Fastracs from its 8000 series offers unparalleled comfort, safety, power, speed, and versatility for success in any job site environment. Their unique suspension system and hydrostatic dual steering provide outstanding ride quality at top road speeds; their powerful hydraulics system provides optimal power with Smart Transmission control providing smooth delivery; their mid-mounted CommandPlus cabin offers extra comfort as well as unparalleled 360deg visibility – truly an industry benchmark!
JCB FASTRAC is the world’s fastest modified tractor, taking home this record at Elvington Airfield near York in England with motorbike racer and JCB engineer Guy Martin at its wheel. It had already won its predecessor British record before this victory was achieved.
With its top road speed of 70kph and truck-standard air brakes, the JCB FASTRAC allows you to complete more work faster than ever. It offers exceptional traction thanks to its all-around suspension, which is designed to optimize 50:50 weight distribution for superior tractive performance – ideal for heavy draft work applications. Furthermore, its fully welded Z-section chassis reduces driveline stress while increasing strength, stability, and carrying capability, as well as handling large plows, cultivators, or mounted drills with its powerful rear hitch capable of lifting 10,000kg loads with its powerful rear hitch featuring optimal linkage geometry lifting up to 10,000kg lift capability for handling plows, cultivators or mounted drills mounted onto them!
JCB’s flagship tractor offers many features designed to help you complete tasks quickly and efficiently, from self-leveling suspension and category III linkage system to four-wheel steering and self-leveling suspension. Plus, its powerful hydraulic front system maintains correct ride height when heavy implements are attached – giving you confidence that any task on the farm can be tackled easily. Plus, its high lift bonnet makes accessing the cooling system and fuel, DEF, or oil for the hydraulics easy.
The 4220 is powered by an AGCO Power engine equipped with selective catalytic reduction and diesel oxidation catalyst, meeting Stage 4 emissions standards. When coupled with Fendt’s smooth ML180 CVT transmission, its combined output reaches up to 235hp at the rear wheels and 950Nm of torque – enough for road work or even just driving like a car using the accelerator and brake pedals alone! For added flexibility, it can even be set up as a self-driving Fendt model, which automatically adjusts transmission ratios according to load changes for even further optimization of performance!
It’s clear why the JCB Fastrac has become such a top seller: with its comfortable ride, grippy brakes, and commanding seat, its easy operation, even on long stretches, makes it effortless driving. Capable of traveling up to 63kph it can compete easily with conventional tractors on road-work duties.
The JCB cab is spacious and well-appointed, featuring an advanced digital dashboard that displays information in an easily digestible manner. A 5.7-inch color touchscreen terminal allows for control over all functions and diagnostics while an optional telematics package includes GPS for tracking purposes out-of-the-box as well as LiveLink, which lets you remotely monitor its health and security from anywhere with internet connectivity; geofence alerts could come in handy if working late at night is an option too! Plus, there’s even an instruction seat and cool storage compartment to keep meals fresh!
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