The Robot 1110T features JCB’s new low-slung loader arm design. It definitely helps when it comes to visibility from the cab. Being a single-arm loader, there are no obstructions to the left of the driver. The new arm design greatly improves visibility to the rear and right-hand side and should boost on-site safety as well as making operation easier.
The Robot 1110T has a rated operating capacity of 1,025kg and arrives at the test site fitted with tracks, rather than wheels. Our testers have just the job for it: sorting out the large compost silos behind the horticultural unit. They need a machine that is highly manoeuvrable in a confined space and that will lift large loads of green waste. This proves to be an ideal machine.
For safety, the machine won’t start until the seat or restraint bar is properly placed across the operator’s lap. The roof console carries the ignition and control switches, along with fuel gauge, hour metre and warning light cluster. Both our testers find the controls easy to master and very responsive.
“One flick of the joystick and it does exactly what you want,” says one tester.
Three machine control formats are offered with the Robot: either manual hand only or manual hand and foot controls to give the patterns well known by skid steer operators; or full servo control joysticks to minimise lever effort. With all the options, the left-hand control lever pivots rearwards as the operator restraint bar is raised — so there’s nothing to hold you up when it’s lunchtime.
The compact dimensions and manoeuvrability of the JCB Robot make it perfect for working in confined sites. Swift direction changes are achieved within the length of the machine. It gives a very capable and productive performance. Traction is excellent and, fitted with tracks, the machine leaves no mess on the ground. In travel, the 1110T reaches a top speed of 10km/h both in forward and reverse.
“There are no marks from the tracks, even when skidding around to change direction. And the wide tracks add to the feeling of stability,” says a tester.
In addition to the main hydraulic drive pumps, there is a dedicated loader and attachments supply pump. Pump flow is 76 litres per minute at 2,200rpm engine speed. The optional hi-flow circuit provides 120 litres per minute pump flow to the front of the machine for operation of high-capacity attachments, such as trenchers. Hydraulic supply pipes run neatly on the top of the loader arm under a protective guard, so they are not going to get damaged.
We find the 1110T has plenty of muscle for lifting and loading. It has got an excellent dump height of 2.44m and a maximum reach at full height of 96cm. But we also like the fact that it can be used with a variety of attachments to increase versatility. Attachments, fitted via a quickhitch system include a borer, fork-lift and sweeper.
For a unit of its size and power, the 1110T is quiet. It is powered by a 92hp four-cylinder, water-cooled, turbo diesel engine. “Noise levels are not a problem. Altogether, it’s a smashing piece of kit and very easy to use,” says a tester.
The cab, with full ROPS and FOPS integrated canopy, is roomy and comfortable. There’s even a bit of space for storage. The seat is fully adjustable and the control layout, complete with audible and visual warning signs, is good. A heater is available as an option.
A lot of thought has gone into making the Robot 1110T as service-friendly as possible. For starters, all the routine maintenance points are positioned at ground level for easy access and full-service access is gained without having to raise the arm or tilt the cab.
Sight gauges are suitably positioned for quick level checks and all filters are grouped together for ease of maintenance. Having that unique single-arm design, there are fewer grease points to worry about but what we really like is the fact that one oil does everything — engine, transmission and hydraulics.
If you need to get to the transmission, there is a quick-release mechanism for access located under the operator’s seat.
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