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  • JCB’s EcoMax Tier 4 Final engine uses less fuel than prior models thanks to – among other things – our variable geometry turbo. The standard variable speed fan provides another fuel savings of up to 6%.
  • The EcoMax engines deliver a massive 525 Nm in the VM117 at low engine speeds for optimum responsiveness, while EcoMAX also produces high power and torque at just 2200 rpm for fuel-efficient matching of transmission and hydraulics.
  • With EcoMax, your VM117 will save you money on servicing because exhaust after-treatment (and, therefore, costly heat-resistant lube oils) are unnecessary.



  • For ease of servicing, the VM117 is designed so that all daily checks can be done from ground level on one side of the machine. A wide-opening rear hood provides easy access to the easily cleaned radiator and battery.
  • The cooling pack on these soil compactors is easy to get to and clean – which optimizes engine cooling. Likewise the fuel tank,  is behind simple access panels for easy cleaning in case of contamination.
  • Electronics testing and servicing are quick and easy on a VM117 because service ports, key fuses and the isolator key are all centralized.
  • To extend service intervals (and therefore productivity) both of these soil compactors feature a cyclonic air cleaner which reduces debris build up in the air filter. An air intake scavenge system then removes the debris.
  • You never need to grease a VM117. Centerjoint bearings are Teflon-coated and the center joint itself is sealed for a grease-free, zero-maintenance life. The exciter shaft vibration bearings are maintenance-free too.
  • The fully bolted front frame has no protruding bolt heads. A raised front beam position allows quick cleaning of drum scrapers and JCB’s unique preloaded rubber mountings, meanwhile, ensure long service life and reduced run costs.



  • For maximum reliability, the new exciter system of the VM117 only has 2 moving parts, and we’ve installed fully sealed IP69 electrics to withstand high volumes of water and dust.
  • All of our soil compactors are subject to a 2-hour hot test to make sure they’re ready for trouble-free use from day one.
  • Our soil compactors benefit from advanced manufacturing and assembly processes to ensure maximum precision and high quality components.
  • To prove our EcoMax engines’ durability, we've done 110,000 hours of testing in 70 different machines across the toughest applications and environments.
  • The frame of the VM117 is designed using finite element analysis, and it’s fully strain gauged. It’s also field proven in various machines, applications and environments.
  • The hood and rear lights of the VM117 soil compactor is protected by the rear structure and chassis against impact damage.



  • Operators can get working quickly on a VM117 with intuitive, easy-to-use and ergonomic controls, all laid out to meet the industry standard. Our easily adjustable, tilting steering column provides maximum comfort too.
  • These soil compactors boast a range of seat options, including a pivoting base design, mechanical or air suspension and vinyl or fabric bases. Our Premium seat option has air suspension, lumbar support, armrests, backrest extension and heat.
  • When operators are getting into and out of a VM117, there are three points of contact at all times; access steps are inclined and equally spaced, and there are well-positioned grab handles.
  • To make life easier, you only need one key to operate the ignition, door and hood of a VM117.
  • JCB’s standard-fit automatic vibration control (AVC) activates whenever the drive lever is moved from the neutral position. Because vibrations stop when your machine is at a standstill,  unwanted compaction is avoided.
  • For fatigue-free all-day operation, these soil compactors are designed to offer low noise levels. By mechanically isolating the driver’s seat, steering column, lever and cab, we’ve ensured class-leading, low vibration levels.



  • Expect ultimate homogenous compaction performance in fewer passes on every surface from sand to rock, courtesy of optimized, dual amplitude and frequency settings, high centrifugal forces (VM117 – max. 256 kN), increased static linear load and vibrating mass.
  • The VM117 boasts quick (up to 11 km/h) travel times around site, which speeds up preparation for the next pass.
  • A tight turning radius also makes these soil compactors supremely maneuverable.
  • Our EcoMax-engine on the VM117 soil compactor offers a massive 60% gradability for great versatility and productivity.
  • If you plan to use your VM117 soil compactor on clay, choose our pad foot drum to improve water evaporation and, therefore, create more stable soil. For added versatility, choose a pad foot shell kit.
  • Choose from a variety of compaction measurement systems, including our COMPATRONIC NAV, which displays all the machine’s working parameters and uses a GPS sensor to provide tracking and documentation functions.



  • There’s superb all-around visibility on a VM117 soil compactor, courtesy of a pillarless front cab design, and a sloping rear hood.
  • We use flat glass panels on these soil compactors (unlike our competitors), which makes replacement quick and easy.
  • Precise and productive soil compacting is guaranteed thanks to our new clear view front screen and minimal front display, which provide an unrestricted view to the front drum edges.
  • To improve safety and precision during operation, there’s a low rear hood profile and no exhaust pipe in the field of vision, which makes for an unrestricted view to the rear and corners of the VM117.
  • The design of these soil compactors incorporates low rear glass and an angled hood profile for an unrestricted view of the rear edge.
  • Because our EcoMax engine doesn’t need bulky exhaust after-treatment, it’s a very compact unit, ensuring great visibility and maneuverability.


Quick Specs  
Centrifugal Force 57,500lbf
Maximum Engine Power 125 hp
93 kW
Operating Weight 25,000lbs