JCB redesigns the 8000 Series Fastrac tractor
All eyes were on a stage in JCB’s Rocester, England world headquarters building in October as a few dozen ag journalists from several different countries gathered for the reveal of the company’s all new 8000 Series Fastrac tractor. As is usually the case with events like this, no matter what the brand, the unveiling was accompanied by flashing lights, loud music, and speeches from proud executives.
Back in 1991, U.K.-based JCB ventured out of the light construction equipment sector it was familiar with and into the crowded ag tractor market, but not with a me-too design. Instead, it went to market with a novel machine that could head out into a field and perform like a regular tractor, but could also haul loads and travel down the road almost as fast as a truck.
It was the birth of the Fastrac.
Now, 25 years later, JCB has totally redesigned its flagship 8000 Series models.
About two years ago, the company also retooled its smaller 4000 Series tractors, giving them, among other things, a new, more comfortable cab. That same cab shows up again on the new 8000s.
With its previous 8000 Series lineup, JCB had ventured away from the equal-wheel design with a rear deck that had defined the Fastracs since their 1991 introduction, building them to look more like a conventional front-wheel assist tractor. But this latest redesign brings them back to that typical Fastrac configuration and in line with the smaller 4000 Series.
The two new models that now make up the 8000 Series get a boost in horsepower over the previous models too, so they now offer horsepower ratings of 280 in the 8290 and 335 in the 8330. The tractors keep that 70 km/h roading ability that still rates them among the fastest on the road today.
The 8000 Series represents “a brand new chapter” in Fastrac development, according to JCB executives.