JCB (JC Bamford Excavators) is the UK's only manufacturer of high speed tractors capable of reaching speeds of up to 65kph thanks to the use of full suspension and air brake systems. Its Fastrac range entered production in 1990 and has evolved over the last 20 years as the firm expanded and diversified into the agricultural market. Currently, the Fastrac range includes nine models of tractor from the 160hp 2155 up to the 250hp 8250.
The firm also makes an extensive range of Loadall telescopic handlers, the first of which appeared in 1978. The latest range includes compact models with offset boom designs and hydrostatic transmissions. Common to the Loadall range is multi-mode steering, side-mounted engines and low boom pivot points that offer a combination of manoeuvrability and visibility that suits the confines of traditional farm buildings. JCB's agricultural portfolio also includes Farm Master wheeled loaders, Robot skid steer loaders and the JCB Groundhog utility vehicle that comes in 4x4 and 6x4 versions.
JCB manufactures most of its own components, including transmissions and axles, and has more recently started development of its own range of diesel engines. To prove their capabilities JCB claimed the World Land Speed record for a car powered by diesel engines in 2006.
JCB also manufactures most of its own components, including transmissions and axles, and has more recently started production of its own range of four-cylinder diesel engines, the JCB DieselMax series, which is currently fitted to the Loadall range.
The firm has a network of dealers located throughout the UK.