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JCB JS220 Long Reach Excavator

Maker:  Motorart
Model No:  13369
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  December 2010

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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)6
Detail   (max 30)23
Features   (max 20)14
Quality   (max 25)18
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)73%


The JCB JS220 Long Reach Excavator.
The box.
Very nice cab details.
Small size bucket for digging at long reach.
Loaded on a Nooteboom Trailer.
The JCB JS220 Long Reach is a 23 tonne machine which is designed for waterways maintenance applications rather than general extraction duties.  As such, it has a relatively small bucket.


The model comes in a JCB branded box with a window and is one of the Motorart 'Hi Tech' line.  Inside, it is held between two snap fit clear plastic formers.  There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.

No instructions about the model or information about the real machine is provided.


The tracks are metal and nicely detailed, and are mounted on metal track frames which have some detail within the casting.  The cab is a high quality piece of modelling with very good controls and pedals on the inside, and the seat back has 'JCB' imprinted on it.  On the outside the cab has a windscreen wiper, lights and aerial. 

The rest of the body has clear and crisp graphics and there is detail within the casting of the bodywork for handles, grilles and a non-slip walking surface on the roof.  Steps lead to the roof and the handrail which accompanies them is metal.

The boom has hydraulic lines formed within a rubber strip attached to the boom top and this modelling method works quite well.  There are rubber hydraulic lines running to all the cylinders.  Both the boom and dipper are metal with plastic inserts on their undersides, and there are some realistic small graphics applied to the dipper.  There is a connector which allows the boom and dipper to be clipped together and a small pin is used to make the join.

The small bucket is metal but does not have any perforations as may be expected for waterways applications.


The tracks are free rolling, and unusually they are not mounted on spring loaded sprockets so they are not easy to remove.  The body rotates smoothly.

There is a good range of movement of the boom and dipper although the cylinders struggle to hold a pose at extended reach.  The model is generally stable except at very long reach so a bit more weight in the body would have been good.

The boom and dipper can be clipped together for transport.

On the top of the body there is an opening engine cover which reveals a detailed engine within.


The model is well made with satisfactory paintwork, and the graphics are very good.


The model is good value for money.  


Motorart have produced a good quality model with some nice detailing, and it is a step forward compared to the earlier JS220 model reviewed here.  It is recommended to collectors of earthmoving models.


The model appeared in 2010.
Good detail in and around the cab.
Opening cover reveals the engine.
The reach distance is impressive.
It looks good as a haulage load.