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JCB JS220 Hydraulic Excavator

Maker:  Motorart
Model No:  13729
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  February 2014

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Detail   (max 30)21
Features   (max 20)11
Quality   (max 25)17
Price   (max 15)10
Overall   (max 100)65%


JCB JS220 Hydraulic Excavator Video  [Youku video]
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Windowed box.
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Bold graphics.
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Metal tracks are good.
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Cab detail is reasonable.
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Decent bucket.
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Reach is good.
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The JCB JS220 is a 22 tonne machine aimed at the smaller end of the tracked excavator market. 


The model comes in a JCB-branded box with a window allowing the model to be seen inside.  Inside it is held between two snap fit clear plastic formers.  A good photo of the real machine is printed on the reverse side.

There were no missing parts or defects on the review model.

There is no information about the real machine or model included.


The undercarriage is simple with the structure exposed.  The narrow crawler tracks are metal with the triple grouser pads having tiny bolt heads.  They are mounted on reasonable track frames with no moving rollers.

The cab has 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, but no mirrors. 

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.  However the side grilles, engine cover and other parts of the body are from an earlier JS220 casting and do not reflect the latest real machine.  However the graphics and paint are reasonably accurate.  Steps lead to the roof and there is a thick plastic handrail. 

Under the engine cover is a reasonably detailed plastic engine. 

The monoboom has hydraulic lines within the casting but no hoses and there are some simple hydraulics leading to the main lift cylinders.  A couple of lights are fixed to the monoboom. 

At the end of the dipper is a non-functioning quick coupler.  The bucket is a nicely formed metal part.


The tracks roll but occasionally would stick a little.

The body rotates smoothly without rocking.

The three cylinders on the boom and dipper work well enough although the dipper cylinder was not quite stiff enough to hold all poses.  The model is stable with the boom extended in any direction.

On top of the body there is an opening engine cover.


The overall quality is quite good with a high metal content although one of the track sprockets was not assembled perfectly straight.

The graphics and paint are good. 


The model price is .


This is a reasonably good model although it mainly derives from an earlier version of the JS220 and in some respects it shows its age, particularly in the detail level.  However collectors of JCB will appreciate the up to date decoration and metal tracks.


The model appeared in November 2013.

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Parked up.
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Overall look is good although one track frame was a little out of line.
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Undercarriage structure is open.
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Opening engine cover.
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As a transport load.
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Loading a truck.
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Looks good in a mini diorama.