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JCB Workmax 1000 D

The Workmax 1000 D utility vehicle from JCB The Workmax 1000 D utility vehicle from JCB
Engine power (hp)27
Fuel/Power sourceDiesel
No of gears2-range CVT
2 or 4 wheel drive2 / 4
Diff lock (Y/N)Yes
Towing capacity (kg)500
Carrying capacity (kg)500
Ground clearance (mm)228
Weight (kg)850
Engine Power (kW)20.13
List price POA
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Test Report

This machine, (known until February 2011 as JCB UTV-4) reflects its industrial origins. Strong and tough, you can build it how you want. Take the basic body, engine and wheels and then add a hard or soft cab, opt for the semi-cab without doors, add lights, hydraulic tipping, bull bar, winch or whatever.

Look under the body shell and you immediately see the weight of construction. It weighs a shade over 850kg and also has 20cm of travel, thanks to the swing-arm suspension system. The frame is robust box-section, and the power train is mounted to a steel sled that gives fantastic under-body protection - strong enough to take a strike from a rock, stump or branch.

It has impressive rear shocks. If you have a heavy load, the outer shocks come into play so you always have control of the vehicle and always have good drive quality. The UTV-4 also has the biggest transmission we have seen, weighing in excess of 50kg.

Driving the UTV is easy and we like the power-assisted steering. There are two locking differentials and the engine is rated at 27hp. There is 60Nm of torque to give it great pulling power and carrying capacity and enable it to climb out of difficult situations. The engine is mounted on the steel sled and then attached to the chassis, which may account for the vibration that both Woodman and Lewis notice, along with the noise.

The fuel tank holds 40 litres - enough for 25 miles. The electronics are the highest-spec you can have for outdoor-powered equipment. Bear Claw tyres give a road speed of 50kmph. Optional tyres are available. A homologation kit means the unit can be licensed as a light goods vehicle and run on white diesel.

At the front there is a tool-plate mount so you can add a winch or other out-front attachment. With easy access to the radiator and brake fluid at the front, servicing the engine seems easy.

But there are negatives."I want three pairs of ear defenders," says Woodman. "And, although there's stacks of power, there is a lot of vibration." Topham adds: "It is light on the steering but it's so loud I want to get off after 10 minutes."

Goodson is impressed with the build. He says: "It's a very strong and sturdy vehicle - good and rugged - but for us it lacks the refinement and comfort of the Polaris."

Engine: Three-cylinder liquid-cooled diesel, 26hp gross
Maximum torque: 60.5Nm
Fuel tank capacity: 39 litres
Transmission: Continuously variable transmission (CVT) Hi/Lo/N/R
Drive system: Selectable four-wheel drive, with two selectable rear
differential locks
Ground speed: 0-50kmph
Brakes: Dual-circuit hydraulic disc all round, handbrake
Suspension front: Independent MacPherson strut
Suspension rear: Independent, with trailing arm and variable-rate
Dimensions: 2.91m x 1.49m x 1.95m
Weight dry: 651g
Ground clearance: 228mm
Turning circle: 7.44m
Payload capacity: 700kg
Towing capacity: 500kg
Cargo box capacity: 1.34cu m/500kg
List price ex VAT: From £9,500
Contact: JCB Utility Products 01538 75800


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- Lisa Topham, park and garden manger, Charlecote Park, Warwickshire

- Simon Goodson, park warden, Charlecote Park, Warwickshire

- Nick Woodman, National Trust volunteer, Charlecote Park, Warwickshire

- David Lewis, National Trust volunteer, Charlecote Park, Warwickshire

The National Trust property of Charlecote Park, near Wellesbourne in Warwickshire, includes formal and informal gardens plus more than 30ha of parkland, where fallow deer have roamed since Tudor times.

Transport around the gardens and parkland is a major issue, with the need for fast responses when moving personnel, equipment and tools.

In this test we look at the suitability of four vehicles for use at Charlecote. Conditions were dry and sunny, although a dew remained heavy on the ground.