Experience the power, lift and stability to move materials quickly and efficiently with the all-new Generation Stage V Conventional tail swing JCB 26C-1.

This 2.5 ton mini excavator is capable of handling the heaviest loads while firmly standing its ground – and delivers the premium quality, reliability and LiveLink support you’d expect from JCB. Plus, it’s fully optimised for safe towing in 3,500kg restricted regions, so you can rest assured its fully transportable. The 26C-1 is a JCB mini excavator designed with reliability, durability and towability in mind.

26C-1 Application images groundworks landscaping utilities house development

0% Interest Hire Purchase over 2 years on selected models of new JCB Mini Excavators

This 0% interest Hire Purchase is now available on the new JCB 25Z & 26C Mini Excavators delivered by 30.09.2024 via participating dealers.

Category Model Maximum Advance 0 + 24 monthly payments from
2.5T-3T 25Z, 26C £25,000 £1,041.67


These offers are subject to availability while stocks last.

J.C. Bamford Excavators Ltd (registered in England No. 0792807. Registered Office: Lakeside Works, Rocester, Staffordshire, England, ST14 5JP) is an appointed representative of JCB Finance Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. UK business users only, terms apply.

A deposit and full VAT amount or VAT difference is payable at the time of signing the Hire Purchase agreement. A documentation fee is payable with the first payment and a £50+VAT option-to-purchase fee will be collected together with the final payment; these amounts are payable on all Hire Purchase agreements. We reserve the right to withdraw the offer at any time.

Tough to Beat For Performance

You can be sure of a peak performance from the 26C-1 mini excavator 2.5t. We’ve made impressive enhancements across the hydraulics, tracking and attachments - and it’s powered by a brand-new engine.

  • New Stage V Kohler 18.4 kW engine reduces fuel consumption by 5%.
  • Maximises excavating and lifting duties with low noise, vibration and fuel usage.
  • Smooth and precise tracking for high dozer capabilities and fast travel times.
  • Auto Kickdown track motors adapt to changes in terrain, enhancing productivity and keeping operators focused for longer.
  • Twin auxiliary lines facilitate an array of attachment operations with high and low hydraulic flows, with up to 10 pre-sets for control from the comfort of the cab.
  • Optional bolt-on counterweight to improve stability and lift performance

Tough to Beat For Safety

There are a whole host of protective features built-in to the 26C-1, all available as standard – which is why JCB is renowned as a leading name in safety. For that extra layer of defence, there’s 2GO system – a unique system designed to protect against accidental operation in two simple steps. Or if you’re wondering how much do mini excavators weigh, you can rest assured this model meets the criteria for transport in 3,500kg restricted regions.

  • A transport weight of up to 2,603kg for safe towing in regions with the restriction of 3,500kg.
  • 9 ergonomically located tie-down points across the compact design, making towing even safer and easier.
  • ‘Follow me Home’ LED lighting: lights that remain on for 3 minutes after the machine is switched off so the operator can exit safely.
  • New display screen to highlight any issues before operation begins and communicate essential diagnostics, keeping you a step ahead of any downtime.
  • Advanced lift overload warning system provides visual and audible alerts to the operator during lifting operations.

Tough to Beat For Ease of Use & Comfort

Operators spend a lot of time inside their machine, so we’ve gone above and beyond to make sure a JCB mini excavator is a great place to work. A redesigned cab and a host of finishing touches make the Generation Stage V models more comfortable than ever before.

  • A bigger, brighter cab: easier and safer access, high quality adjustable suspension seat and more floor space thanks to joystick mounted controls. Plus, there’s plenty of storage in the cab and canopy versions. 
  • All mod cons: hands-free Bluetooth radio with media socket, 12V USB phone charging socket and a heater, demister and optional high-performance aircon. 
  • Easy access: manage modes and flows via the new digital screen and rotary dial.
  • Complete control panel: LCD colour display with all the information and controls you need. This includes quick attachment change, auxiliary flow alternation, health check management, pin management and optional lift overload LMI system. 

Tough to Beat For Cost of Ownership

All businesses are under pressure at the moment, so when looking at a mini excavator for sale, contractors need to know that it represents a solid return on investment. We’ve built the 26C-1 to run in the most cost-effective way, making this model a dependable choice for the current market.

  • Easy-to-clean sloping undercarriage for a rapid turnaround.
  • Best-in-class 500-hour greasing intervals thanks to graphite impregnated bronze brushes, saving you time and money. 
  • Auto stop and auto idle functions come as standard for increased fuel efficiency. This reduces fuel consumption and emissions by switching off the engine between 2 and 30 seconds after controls fall inactive. Plus, load sensing hydraulics only consume power on demand to conserve fuel for when you need it most. 
  • Flat glass windows to minimise damage and replacement costs. 

Tough to Beat For Durability

We know you work in a challenging environment, so durability is key to the design and build of the 26C-1. It’s a mini excavator that’s tough to beat.

  • You’ll get complete confidence from the durable undercarriage and a heavy-duty H-frame construction - designed after finite element analysis. 
  • The new cab door design sits within the counterweight length when folded back – protecting from operational damage, even when open.
  • All components come from renowned manufacturers, giving you leading name reassurance. 

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