Two new JCB 8000 Series tractors, launched during the company’s 25th anniversary, will add to the appeal and performance of the Fastrac tractor. Model features include:
- More power and torque from engines that meet Tier 4 Final emissions, increasing performance potential
- The all-new Command Plus cab with improved comfort and all-around visibility
- Sharp hood styling with improved forward visibility and improved lighting
- New, fully hydrostatic, high-speed approved dual steer with optional Rapid Steer
- New tire options that increase supplier choice
- New heavy-duty axle components, which facilitate track width of up to 10 feet (three meters)
The new tractors – the 8290 and 8330 – build on the unprecedented response to JCB’s new 160-235 hp (120-175kW) Fastrac 4000 Series, which is already gaining ground in the marketplace.
A more compact front linkage and PTO package and a larger deck area behind the cab add to the tractors’ versatility and productivity potential.
“The new Fastrac 4000 Series has been very well received by seasoned and new Fastrac users alike,” said Ray Bingley, JCB North America Agriculture General Manager. “Its unique combination of size, performance, control and comfort is delighting operators across a wide range of applications and farming environments.
“Now, we are integrating several of the 4000 Series’ most appealing features into our largest Fastrac models to further increase their versatility, enhance the operator experience and improve performance levels.”
Engine and transmission
The Fastrac 8290 and 8330 continue to use an 8.4-liter, six-cylinder engine, but that engine now meets US Tier 4 Final emissions standards. It also provides more power and torque, using a twin turbocharger installation
At rated speed, the Fastrac 8290’s engine develops 280 hp (209kW) to match the output of the outgoing Fastrac 8310; engine power then peaks at 306 hp (228kW) as revs are pulled down under loads.
The new 8330 model features a rated power output of 335 hp (250kW) rising to 348 hp (260kW) under full load, which represents 42 hp (32kW) or 14 percent increase in power. Peak torque goes up by 10 percent to 1440Nm at 1500rpm.
The V-TRONIC continuously variable transmission offers different modes selected by the operator using the Fastrac’s touch screen display. These modes prioritize optimum engine and transmission settings for power, economy, constant PTO speed, constant field speed or road travel. The system can operate automatically or be used manually to deliver either seamless speed changes or in steps to emulate a powershift. This feature of the V-TRONIC transmission is unique among CVT drives.
JCB ACTIV TRACTION is a key feature that helps the 8000 series Fastrac maintain grip during field operations. It draws information from a radar speed sensor, hydraulics system and cruise control to manage engine output and maintain traction for maximum performance.
Command Plus cab
The new Command Plus cab provides space, comfort and practicality, with a supportive driver’s seat that can swivel 50 degrees to the right and 20 degrees to the left so that operators can keep an eye on rear-mounted and trailed equipment in comfort.
The operator sits a little further forward, improving ride quality. Additional space behind the cab makes it simple to install a mounted sprayer, supplementary seed or fertilizer hopper, or a fifth-wheel-type hitch for heavy trailed equipment. The forward-raked cab structure improves visibility and cab access, and its near-vertical windscreen reduces heat absorption.
An array of work lights maintain visibility around the tractor when working early in the morning and late at night, and an optional LED package, which features up to 18 lights in all, provides maximum illumination after dark.
Steering and suspension
The Fastrac 8000 Series continues with coil springs and dampers, front suspension and active rear axle suspension to maintain an even ride height.
A unique, hydrostatic dual steer system replaces the power-assisted mechanical system. It uses an advanced control valve to continuously monitor pressures and flows in both systems.
The system meets the failsafe requirements for a tractor capable of the Fastrac 8000’s 43 mph (70 kph) top speed in the event of hydraulic or engine failure. It provides the operator precision, feel and low effort on the road at speed or in the field. It also introduces the new feature of selectable Rapid Steer, which halves the number of turns lock-to-lock from four to just two.
The dual steer system is compatible with GPS guidance for which the optional hardware is installed together with Rapid Steer. The Fastracs come with JCB’s LiveLink telematics system as standard.
New tire option
Tire manufacturer BKT has joined Michelin and Trelleborg in developing high-speed-rated tires suitable for the JCB Fastrac 8000 tractor’s weight, speed and power.
The ‘E’ rated 43mph (70 kph) BKT Agrimax Sirio is a new design in 540/65 R38 front and 710/70 R38 rear sizes with a tough carcass featuring highly flexible sidewalls. It is now available as a factory-fitted alternative to the Trelleborg TM800 High Speed.
A popular option for added traction and flotation is a Michelin combination of 650/65 R34 AxioBib and 900/50 R42 MachXbib tires.