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A brief walk round reveals some quirky            At the right-hand side of the machine,      LOADING
points on the JC Mac machine. First up is
the fuel filler, which most would expect to          the exhaust after-treatment package has     That said, loader performance is impressive.
find by the nearside cab steps, by the door.
Not on this machine – the fuel filler is             been neatly built into the right-hand       Once you’ve mastered the multi-hand
located by the offside rear stabiliser.
                                                     side steps and this means a slim exhaust    shuffle of prodding switches and blending
  The cab step area does contain two fill
points – the most visible filler is that for the     pipe tucks snugly against the cab’s         hydraulic performance using the loader
hydraulic tank; the black screw-on filler cap
on our test model could easily be mistaken for       right-hand A-post and is barely             joystick, the JC Mac 888 hunkers down
a fuel filler. After all, it’s where most operators
would automatically expect to find the diesel        noticeable from the seat.                                       and shoves like a rugby
tank fill point. While the hydraulic filler is
labelled, but only with a symbol, it is not very       Moving into the cab,              “CUKUROVA WAS               scrum, making the most
clear. JC Mac says it is looking to address this     the JC Mac 888 needs                FORMED IN 1968              of its four equal-size,
issue to remove the risk of accidentally filling     a little more thought                                           premium-brand
the hydraulic tank with diesel.
                                                     – particularly with              TO MANUFACTURE                 Michelin tyres.
  In the same area, but better concealed,            switchgear. A cluster                                             But I had to work at it
is the AdBlue fill point. It is hidden below a
lockable steel access plate that forms part of       of switches sits around              AGRICULTURAL               to get an accomplished
the cab step structure. Once the steel plate
is opened, you’re greeted with a blue filler         the steering column,                   MACHINES ”               performance out of
cap. This one is far more obvious. It also           including one for                                               the front end, as the
shares the compartment with the battery
isolator and the screen wash bottle.                 the rear axle diff-lock.                                        machine’s hydraulic

  Around the front of the machine, the               If you want to use it to maintain traction  performance didn’t feel to be as seamless
bonnet lid can be released and raised, and
both side panels can be released and lifted          when pushing into stockpiles or heavy       and variable as a flow-sharing system should
off – but only once you’ve raised the loader
arms. Access to the cooling pack for                 dozing, you’ll need to hold the rocker      have been. It appears that the variable
cleaning requires six bolts to be removed
before the front grille can be taken off.            switch down. That means using your left     displacement piston pump hadn’t made it

                                                     hand and reaching through the steering      on to this early example of a JC Mac build

                                                     wheel spokes, while your right hand works spec, a situation that will be rectified on

                                                     the loader joystick.                        production builds.

                                                     We’d also like to see a steering column     Buttons on the joystick simplify control

                                                     that is reach and rake adjustable – not just of the third service and a transmission

                                                     rake. It would have made for a far more     disconnect button adds to the versatility.

                                                     comfortable loading experience, given              Pushing the joystick lever fully

                                                     the relationship between the seat,                   forward reveals a detent for boom

                                                     fixed loader joystick position and                   float – handy when back-blading

                                                     steering wheel. I found myself                       to level off. Forward visibility

                                                     leaning forward to reach the                         was everything you could

                                                     steering wheel.                                      hope for, though the left-foot

There can be no question that
turning the seat away from
the skip offers the operator
tremendous visibility.

    10 EARTHMOVERS OCTOBER 2018                                                                                                             02/10/2018 11:12

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