Farm equipment owners and operators will be challenged by dealer Sharmans Agricultural to demonstrate their skills behind the controls of an electric JCB mini excavator at the Midlands Machinery Show at the Newark Showground in November.
Managing director Scott Barclay has enthusiastically welcomed the return of the event following last year’s forced cancellation, especially now that the company is operating across a larger JCB sales, parts and service territory.
In addition to depots at Stamford and Eltisley near St Neots, Sharmans Agricultural has branches at Grantham, Melton Mowbray, Lowdham, and Pytchley near Kettering that cover a JCB territory now extending from South Yorkshire through Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland to Northamptonshire.
JCB is one of the dealership’s key franchises, supplying and supporting the British manufacturer’s Fastrac tractors, Loadall telescopic handlers, loading shovels and telescopic wheeled loaders, and the many other handling machines produced in JCB’s distinctive yellow and black colours.
Mr Barclay said: “I’m delighted that we’ll be back at the Midlands Machinery Show this year; we’ve exhibited there ever since the event started and it will be good to meet customers and show them the latest products from the manufacturers we represent.”
The skills challenge, which will involve picking up footballs with a digger bucket to place them in a barrel, will be a bit of fun, he adds, but also a good way to illustrate the quietness and smooth and easy controls of JCB’s 19C-1E all-electric mini excavator.
This small but powerful 1.9 tonne 360-degree digger is one of JCB’s pioneering battery-powered machines for agricultural, landscaping and construction work, and part of a growing E-Tech range that earlier this year was joined by JCB’s first all-electric Loadall telescopic handler, the 525-60E.
On both machines, all hydraulic and ground drive functions are powered by electric motors supplied by battery packs that have a choice of charging options.
The digger, which can be used for light excavation on farm building projects, water supply schemes and for drainage works, has three operating modes to balance performance requirements and battery charge duration, and a fourth for faster movement from one on-site location to another.
Sharmans Agricultural also plans to show the high-specification 542-70 AgriXtra from JCB’s latest range of diesel-fuelled Loadall telescopic handlers.
They have additional power and torque outputs from Stage V emissions-compliant JCB engines and this model features as standard JCB’s DualTech VT, a unique award-winning hydro-mechanical transmission with different operating modes to suit varied on-farm applications.
Essentially, DualTech VT combines the best characteristics of hydrostatic drive for low speed precision and manoeuvring in and around farm buildings, and all-mechanical direct powershift drive for maximum tractive effort when clearing cattle yards, loading from muck heaps and towing on the road.
The Midlands Machinery Show will be hosted by the Newark & Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society on November 9th and 10th at the Newark Showground.
Covid-19 mitigation measures require all visitors to have their own tickets, which are free and valid for both days; online registration (midlandsmachineryshow.co.uk) will ensure the quickest entry to the event.