Quick Spec

Maximum Bucket Capacity
0.85 m3
Maximum Engine Power
93 kW
Operating Weight
18396 kg

The JCB JS160 is in the 17 tonne category of our range of heavy tracked excavators. It’s engineered with exceptional strength, productivity, efficiency, comfort, safety and ease of maintenance.

A closed box section revolving frame increases strength and reduces stress. It also makes these 360 excavators highly resistant to impact damage. We’ve used strong parts too – premium industry standards in fact.

Meanwhile, this 17 tonne excavator’s engine is a highly efficient. The JCB EcoMAX T4i engine, which meets Stage IIIB/Tier 4i legislation without using bulky DPF or SCR. In turn, this means you can expect countless everyday benefits to using the JS160 tracked excavator – like great visibility, low running costs and more uptime. The benefits of the JS160 series of tracked excavators don’t end there either.


  • 11839kg bucket tearout
  • Stage 3B (Tier 4i) compliant JCB EcoMAX engine
  • Class leading maintenance access
  • Robust, durable upper structure and doors
  • Spacious, comfortable cab design with excellent visibility

Before you buy tracked excavators, you need to know they’re going to be tough enough to perform any job you ask of it. Fortunately, with a JCB JS160, strength and durability come as standard.

We use Finite Element Analysis with extensive rig and endurance testing to make these 360 excavators last longer. A JCB JS160’s reinforced boom and dipper is made of high tensile strength steel, with single piecewrapper plates and internal baffle plates for long life durability.

The high-strength undercarriage of a JS160 17tonne excavator is of a fully-welded X-frame construction for long-term durability even in the most demanding applications, and the rigid upper frame provides maximum durability and support.

The turret on JS160 tracked excavators is then welded to both the upper and lower undercarriage frames, and stiff, durable doors provide further strength.

The JS160 bonnet opens front-to-rear for easy and safe engine service access.

The cab can be specified with Rollover Protection Structure (ROPS) and Falling Objects Protection Structure (FOPS).

JCB JS160s have a large glass area and low bonnet line for superb visibility.

JCB’s 2go system fully isolates hydraulic functions to avoid unintended machine movements.

There’s no need to climb onto the JS160 to check oil levels; all routine servicing can be done from ground level.

JCB’s Safety Level Lock fully isolates hydraulic functions to avoid unintended movements. Our New Start function means a JCB JS160 can only be started in a safe locked position via two separate inputs.


We’ve designed JCB JS160 tracked excavators to be low maintenance and easily serviceable. Which makes them affordable, efficient and highly productive.

By using graphite impregnated bronze bushes on the JS160, we’ve increased boom and dipper greasing intervals to 1000 hours for normal applications.

JCB’s In-Cab Monitor checks engine oil levels, coolant, and system errors on start-up.

Because the EcoMAX engine doesn’t need exhaust after treatment, it doesn’t require costly heat-resistant lube oils.

Unlike most Tier 4i engines, JCB EcoMAX doesn’t use a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) or SCR, saving you additional servicing and running costs.

Our innovative recalibration option allows EcoMAX to run on lower grade fuels. This means the JS160 can be resold across different territories, which improves residuals.


We’ve designed JCB JS160 tracked excavators to be comfortable, safe, ergonomic, simple and intuitive to operate. Which is good for operators of 360 excavators but even better for you; after all, great ease of use equals great productivity.

Cushioned boom and dipper ends prevent shock loadings, protect your machine and increase operator comfort, while 6 viscous rubber mounts minimise noise and vibration.

Because it doesn't require bulky after-treatment like DPF or SCR, the new compact EcoMAX T4i engine can be housed under an innovative low-level bonnet, providing excellent rearward visibility.

A 70/30 front screen split for a clear view of the front right track, plus a large laminated glass roof window provide this 17 tonne excavator with exceptional all-round visibility.

To keep everything under control, JCB JS160 tracked excavators have a balanced slew and electronic/hydraulic controlled slew braking.

An easy to read 7" colour multi-function display provides instant operational information and has customisable home screens.


Saving money and time is more important than ever, so we’ve made sure the JCB JS160 componentry – including the ecomax t4i engine – works in perfect harmony. in turn, you get a machine that’s as efficient and productive as possible.

JCB’s EcoMAX T4i/Stage IIIB engine uses up to 10% less fuel than our Tier 3 units, saving you money. This is partly due to the fact that EcoMAX produces high torque at just 1500 –1600 rpm, making for improved fuel-efficient matching of the hydraulics.

There’s a massive 119kN bucket tearout for superb productivity, and the special JS range quickhitch system makes attachment changing fast and easy.

Simultaneous tracking and excavating is smooth and fast with an intuitive multifunction operation, and four operating work modes allow a JS160 17 tonne excavator operator to tailor performance to any application. Light, General, Heavy and Heavy+ power bands provide optimised settings for the job at hand.

Example package

Machine recommended retail price

£78741.65 Ex VAT *
3 year JCB FlexiLease from
£393.68 Per week *
3 year HP from
£496.7 Per week *
Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.jcb-finance.com

Machine specifications

  • Long Undercarriage: 2200Mm Gauge / 3940Mm Long
  • Triple Grouser Shoes 700Mm 43 Links
  • Monoboom 3 HBCV S (Boom And Dipper) 3.05M Dipper
  • Tipping Link: Max Capacity Lifting Shackle - UK
  • Homologation Pack - EU UK Only Includes Cesar Datatag And Livelink Ii System
* Financial information
JCB Finance Ltd is our preferred supplier of finance facilities. Offers restricted to business users in mainland Great Britain and Northern Ireland, available from participating JCB dealers, subject to formal underwriting and there being no change in the factors affecting JCB Finance Ltd. The weekly values used are for illustrative purposes only and are dependent on precise machine specification, hours and application and do not form an offer of facilities. JCB FlexiLease instalments are based on a 3+33 monthly payment profile and are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate. The illustration is based on the machine operating in a medium application for a maximum of 1500 hours per annum. Return conditions will apply. HP instalments are based on a fixed rate 0+36 monthly payment profile with a 10% deposit and the full VAT amount payable at time of signing. Both offers are subject to a £245 documentation fee payable with the first monthly payment. The HP offer is also subject to a £48 Option To Purchase Fee collected together with the final payment. JCB Finance Ltd. Registered in England No.972265. Registered Office: The Mill, High Street, Rocester, Staffordshire ST14 5JW. JCB Finance Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. For Insurance Mediation, JCB Finance Ltd is an appointed representative of The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. JCB Finance Ltd's registered VAT number is GB 243 8527 52.