VIDEO: JCB launches Workmax 800D UTV at Agfest 2014

By: Carene Chong

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Watch our exclusive video interview with JCB and JF Machinery director Keith Johnstone at Agfest about the brand new Workmax 800D.

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The first UTV from the brand to hit our shores, the Workmax 800D is a hard yakka vehicle with robust carrying and towing capacity and safety features.

JCB CEA’s Workmax Product Manager Matthew Wyatt says the 800D is a true working machine, not just for agriculture but also suited for local government and contractors.

"It combines a 600kg payload with a 500kg towing capacity, and the unique progressive rate springs mean that it provides a comfortable ride whether loaded or not," he says.

"With 265mm of ground clearance, independent suspension all round, selectable four-wheel drive and an electronic diff lock, the JCB Workmax can safely get in and out of some difficult country."

Tasmania-based JCB dealership JF Machinery was the first recipient of the new model. Director Keith Johnstone says the model has been well accepted in the Tasmanian marketplace since the company received its first batch for trialling purposes 12 months ago.

"I like the simplicity of it, and I believe that the customer base is looking for a simple work machine- which the Workmax is," he says.

"We’re looking forward to great sales success with it."

The JCB Workmax 800D is powered by a 14.9kW Yanmar diesel engine and offers CVT transmission with high and low range and gives the vehicle a top speed of 40km/h.

JCB claims the Workmax is the only UTV in its class to have digital instrumentation, including a speedometer and odometer.

The UTV is equipped with a certified ROPS structure and inertia reel seat belts for safety. It also features a steel front and under-body protection as standard and a front bush guard as an additional option.

Four-wheel disc brakes provide sure stopping power to the UTV and independent hand-operated disc parking brake operates on all four wheels to hold the Workmax even on steep, slippery slopes.

"With these safety features and a growing awareness of the dangers of ATVs, the Workmax should attract buyers currently using ATVs as well as people looking for a rugged, reliable UTV with good carrying and towing capabilities," Wyatt says.

A heavy duty dual element air filter comes as standard to protect the engine in extreme environments. The filter intake is mounted high to allow the Workmax to wade through water without risk to the engine.

Watch the video as Wyatt, Johnstone and UTV Development Manager from the UK, Matthew Mulligan talks us through the brand new Workmax 800 D.

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