Vibromax Returns! A Closer Look at JCB’s CT160 Double Drum Compactor

JCB announced its return to the North American paving market earlier this year with the launch of two Vibromax-branded double drum compactors, the CT160 and CT260.

JCB acquired German-based Vibromax Compaction Equipment in 2005, but the equipment has not been available in North America for over a decade.

James Gill, JCB product manager, says that since then, the rollers have been “tried and tested in Europe” and he has “absolute confidence” in the rollers as they enter the U.S. market.

Gill gave Equipment World a complete overview of the CT160-100 at the recent ARA Show. Get a closer look at the roller in the video above.  

The 3,946-pound CT160-100 has a 31.5-inch drum and is powered by a 19-horsepower Kubota engine. It is designed to compact and smooth various surfaces, including gravel, concrete, asphalt and granular soil.

Automatic vibration control comes standard. It can be set for both drums, the rear drum only or the front drum only.

A manually adjustable offset on the front drum is designed to help the operator avoid damage to curbs and ironwork. The rear drum is flush with the rear chassis, so operators can work close to walls or obstacles. JCB says the compact roller boasts “the smallest turning circle on the market.”

Water is fed to the drum from a pressurized sprinkler with upward facing nozzles, keeping the drums clean during operation.

Accessible service points, many zero-maintenance parts and longer service intervals all make the CT160 easy to own and maintain.

Quick Specs:

  • Operating weight: 3,946 lb.
  • Working width: 39.4 in.
  • Nominal amplitude: 0.014 in.
  • Centrifugal force, each drum: 2,452/4,297 lbf.
  • Engine: 19 hp

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