One of the first new JCB X Series tracked excavators to roll of the production line has been put straight to work just a few miles away from the JCB factory where it was built.

Purchased by Ashbourne-based civil engineering contractor PM Harris Ltd and supplied by dealer Gunn JCB, the machine is carrying out groundworks at JCB’s own Compact Products and Earthmovers factories in Cheadle, Staffordshire. It is working alongside existing JCB tracked excavators and site dumpers from the PM Harris fleet as part of the company’s contract to carry out drainage work and the construction of new car parks at the site.

The brand new JCB 220X – a 20-tonne tracked excavator model, launched earlier this year – has been designed to provide maximum operator comfort, durability and reliability in operation. Over a four-year development period, JCB has undertaken a programme of intensive component and product testing, to achieve increased levels of build quality and reliability for customers in this advanced new machine.

“I’ve operated 360° excavators for nearly 19 years and this new JCB 220X is the best 20-tonne model I’ve ever experienced. It is the best machine JCB has ever made,” says PM Harris Ltd Operator, Wayne Goring.

“What a dream it is to drive. It’s fast, powerful and smooth. The cab is amazing, with loads of room and a comfy seat. The computer and quick hitch are very easy to use. This machine will take some beating.”

“We chose the new JCB X Series because of several key factors,” says PM Harris Ltd, Director Paul Harris. “The layout in the cab is excellent and the hydraulics are faster giving us greater fuel efficiency and productivity.

“We like to support a local, British manufacturer and have been using JCB equipment since we founded the business. In that time we’ve built an excellent relationship with our dealers who are great to work with and deliver on sales, parts and service. Another major advantage of choosing JCB is the LiveLink telematics system which proves extremely valuable to us for its security features.”

The new JCB 220X features a 15% larger cab with integral ROPS structure, reduced noise levels, simple user interface and stronger side doors for greater strength and increased protection. They also benefit from a central main boom mounting for increased digging accuracy and durability, and a 200mm wider upper structure which delivers improved packaging.