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Renowned motorcycle racer Guy Martin stands beside the record-setting JCB Fastrac.

JCB sets tractor speed record

A modified Fastrac recorded a speed of 103.6 m.p.h. (166.7 km/h)

In late June JCB grabbed the world record in Britain for the fastest land speed ever achieved in a farm tractor: 103.6 m.p.h. (166.7 km/h). BBC TV and racing personality Guy Martin (seen here) drove the tractor during the record setting attempt. A modified 7.2-litre, six-cylinder JCB DieselMax engine uprated to 1,000 horsepower moved the […] Read more

The new Series III JCB telehandler line includes four models, with lift heights to 9.5 metres.

JCB launches the Series III telehandler

Brand focuses on maximum visibility 
in new global handler launch

Long gone are the days of poor visibility from cabs in a telescopic handler. JCB is bringing a new range of agricultural Loadalls to the global market that further improves the views. In fact, the British manufacturer says its new Series III range has an all singing, all dancing Command Plus cab, that is also […] Read more


The TM420 will get heavier axles than the smaller 320 version the brand already offers.

New loader from JCB

Designed for farmers, new articulated loader gets more lift capacity

JCB has always had a prominent display at Germany’s Agritechnica machinery show. Last November it used that event to debut a new machine it thinks will be of interest to farmers on both sides of the Atlantic: the TM420 articulated, telescopic loader. “Currently we sell a smaller machine in North America, the TM320,” said Joe Eddleston, […] Read more

Case IH released a limited number of 4430 and 3340 sprayers wearing a special paint scheme to celebrate the Patriot's 25 year production mark.

PHOTOS: Special edition machines in 2016

Classic Machinery: Our look at a few of the unique offerings brought to the machinery market last year

You may have noticed an apparent contradiction in the title of this page. We’ve put this article under the “Classic Machinery” heading, yet this feature is all about models that appeared in 2016. No. It isn’t a mistake. So, why did we do it? We’re taking a quick look over our shoulder at what “special,” limited […] Read more


The TM320 is the largest machine in JCB’s two-model articulated, 
telescopic material handler line.

JCB updates its ag materials handling equipment

New features designed to improve performance and operator comfort on loaders

The Bamford family that owns equipment manufacturer JCB also runs a large farming operation in England, not far from the brand’s World Headquarters facility at Rocester. (JCB is actually company founder Joseph Cyril Bamford’s initials.) So the farm is a handy place to test and prove the machines the company puts its name — or, […] Read more

With up to 335 rated engine horsepower under the hood, JCB thinks their Fastrac is now an ideal choice as a primary field tractor for many western Canadian farmers.

A tractor manufacturer on the fast track

JCB re-engineers the Fastrac 8000 Series

JCB’s chief innovation and growth officer Tim Burnhope was beaming as he stood on stage in a theatre at the company’s Rocester England World Headquarters. He was there to introduce JCB’s newest ag machines to members of the farm media invited there from most of the countries the brand sells into. The biggest news Burnhope […] Read more


Early model Fastracs roll down the assembly line in 1995.

The evolution of JCB’s Fastrac

First unveiled to the public at the Royal Smithfield farm show in Great Britain in 1990, the Fastrac began production the following year. Offering 125 and 140 horsepower respectively, the first two models to see production were the 120 and 145. Final design of those two initial production models was somewhat different than the original […] Read more

Telescopic handlers can lift loads to much greater heights than a standard ag tractor with front-end loader.

Loader tractor or telehandler?

JCB executives believe once North American farmers get used to telescopic handlers, they’ll never go back to a conventional ag tractor and loader

European farmers have been buying telehandlers in pretty large numbers for decades, but here in North America, on-farm materials handling has been pretty much the domain of the ag tractor equipped with a front-end loader. Telehandler sales numbers here have been relatively small — so far. Executives at JCB think a large number of farmers […] Read more


JCB’s skid steer models  offer a unique single-boom loader design.

JCB uses single loader boom

U.K.-based JCB has taken its own path with skid steer loaders

On first glance a JCB skid steer loader looks like any other, but it soon becomes apparent there are major differences between that brand’s design and the configuration that has become standard in the industry. Most notably, JCB uses only a single loader boom on the right side of the chassis. That allows the cab […] Read more