JCB is the most popular backhoe loader in the Indian market. Since its entry into the Indian Market, JCB has become synonym with backhoe loader, just as Canter had become synonym with light weight commercial truck. Whatsoever be the backhoe loader people in India refer to it as JCB. JCB commands 80% market share in the backhoe loader segment, although Case is rapidly catching up with JCB because of its local “Kirloskar Engine” and availability of aftermarket parts. Aftermarket parts are key to success of any earthmoving machinery. Lack of availability of aftermarket parts is the reason for the failure of backhoe loader like Terex, Escorts, TATA JD etc. The greatest advantage of owning a JCB backhoe loader is the easy availability of aftermarket spare parts.
As a owner of JCB backhoe loader it is sure that after 2 or 3 years of its functioning my JCB’s wear and tear parts will start asking for replacement and in 5 to 7 years of time its critical components will start requiring replacement. Now I have two choices either to go to JCB and get my machine serviced or go to a local mechanic and get it serviced with aftermarket JCB parts. The later will save me good amount of money and will make running my JCB a more economical affair. There are several aftermarket parts brand in the market and one needs to choose very wisely on which brand of JCB part one has to use. Several brands sell very poor quality JCB parts that will seem to be very cheap initially but will prove to be very costly due to frequent replacements and failures. Poor quality aftermarket parts can reduce the life of your JCB considerably. Choosing a good JCB aftermarket part can save you up to 50% in the cost of repairing.
I always prefer Robot brand JCB parts as the quality of Robot parts are outstanding. They offer O.E standard parts that are said to be manufactured in the state of art manufacturing facility.
In my opinion aftermarket JCB parts are a good deal. With them you can reduce the life cycle cost of your JCB and make more profit out of your JCB.
Just as a human heart a pump blood throughout our body and ensures that our body is functioning, in the same way a hydraulic pump in a JCB machine pumps hydraulic oil throughout the machine so that it can carry out its tasks. A JCB is a hydraulic machine and needs instant high pressure of hydraulic oil at slight movement of lever to carry put tasks. This need of hydraulic oil pressure is provided by a double flow gear pump. Just like other JCB Parts a hydraulic pump wears out with time. Due to wearing out the pressure provided by the pump drops significantly. Now the need arises to replace the pump. If you choose to go for a costly original pump replacement by JCB then you need not worry for anything. But if you choose for a JCB aftermarket hydraulic pump then you need to remember few points in your mind before replacing the pump so as not to damage your costly brand new pump and then blame the manufacturer uselessly. The points are as follows:
- 1. Flush out all the old hydraulic oil and clean the complete hydraulic system.
- 2. Replace all the hydraulic filters with brand new filters, use only JCB genuine filters or Robot brand filters only.
- 3. Replace the MRV, use only JCB genuine MRV or Robot brand MRV.
- 4. Fill only 32 grade hydraulic oil of reputed brand like Robot, JCB, Vaolvoline, Castrol etc.
- 5. Clean steering unit completely.
- 6. Get the pump installed by a experienced mechanic only.
If any of the point is not followed, it will damage the pump permanently and you might be thinking that the manufacturer provided you a poor quality pump, whereas the fault was in your stars.
Let me explain you these points. If hydraulic system is not cleaned properly it might have particles in the system which will damage the pump body and pressure plates resulting in pressure drop. If the MRV is changed, the damaged poppet valve of the old MRV will not function properly and will result in back pressure, this back pressure on the pump will wear out the pump body and damage the gears. If the filters are not changed the chocked and contaminated filters will not provide oil to the pump as a result the pump as a result the pump will get hot and will “seize”. Using oil of grade thicker than 32 grade will be too thick for the pump and will damage the body of the pump.
So in order to prevent damage to your pump and enhance its life one should always follow these points strictly.