New release: JCB Loadall Series III

By: Chris McCullough


Gone are the days of poor visibility from cabs in a telescopic handler, with JCB bringing a new range of agricultural Loadalls to the global market

The British manufacturer says its new Series III range has an all-singing, all-dancing Command Plus cab, which is 50% quieter for operators than previous models.

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This new Series III JCB Loadall range offers four models: the six-metre lift 538-60, seven-metre 532-70 and 542-70, and the 9.5-metre high-lift 536-95, with up to 200kg increased load capacity over its predecessors.

The already established 560-80 model with eight-metre lift height and six-tonne lift capacity remains the same, and the 536-70 LP continues unchanged with its existing low profile cab for poultry shed and other low height applications.

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The engines also stay the same as the 4.4-litre and 4.8-litre JCB EcoMAX power units serve up a choice of 55kW, 81kW, 93kW, and 108kW (75hp, 109hp, 125hp, and 145hp) outputs.

However, a new 40kph TorqueLock 4 powershift transmission with four-speed torque converter lock-up for the 81kW (109hp) engine provides more performance and better fuel economy when travelling and towing compared to the regular 30kph four-speed transmission.

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Four models make up the new range, including the 536-95 with 9.5-metre lift height

The six-speed JCB Torque Lock auto powershift and unique JCB DualTech VT hydrostatic/powershift transmissions, which are both capable of 40kph, continue as normal.

Command Plus cab

All eyes were on the new Command Plus cab at the official launch, which is the most obvious change on the new Series III Loadalls as well as the distinctive new colour scheme and branding.

Following the initial production, the Command Plus cab will be manufactured in a brand-new EU£50 million JCB Cab Systems factory being constructed near other JCB manufacturing and assembly plants in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.

JCB engineers have spent much time crafting the new cab, completing various ergonomics studies, and an unprecedented programme of end-user consultation to meet the visibility, comfort, control, and practical demands of discerning operators.

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The new Command Plus cab has much more room and a neater control layout

The cab now has more room, a neater control layout and considerably more dedicated storage space. Visibility to the front wheels and beyond has been transformed by the low-set dash panel and by 14% upwards to a raised bucket or fork by uninterrupted glazing that sweeps up and over the operator’s head.

JCB’s chief innovation and growth officer Tim Burnhope says, "Just over 40 years ago, the JCB Loadall telescopic handler introduced farmers to a revolution in mechanised materials handling and through successive technical innovations in JCB engines, Smart Hydraulics and advanced transmissions, the Loadall has continued to deliver outstanding productivity, performance, durability, and cost-efficiency.

"The latest phase of the Loadall’s development is focused firmly on the agricultural operator, with the all-new Command Plus cab that is quieter, wider, and longer, with an improved driving position, controls that are easier to locate and use, and an instrument display that is larger and more informative.

"Finally, but by no means least, the Command Plus design brings a transformation in forwards and upwards visibility that we believe sets new standards for operator productivity, safety, and driving ease. It’s a cab without compromise."

All-round visibility

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Visibility to the front wheels and beyond has been transformed by the low-set dash panel

In designing the new Command Plus cab, JCB engineers have built on the Loadall telescopic handler’s renowned all-round visibility, especially to the right side, thanks to the low set boom and compact engine cover, by focusing on the operator’s view forwards and upwards to optimise productivity, safety, and ease of operation.

Tim Burnhope says, "A single-radius sheet of curved glass would have been the simplest solution but was rejected because it brought the windscreen too close to the driver’s face.

"So we opted for a more sophisticated solution, a multi-radius design that maintains a sense of spaciousness behind the wheel without distorting the view out and provides a continuous field of vision from the low-set bottom edge of the glass to the top edge above the operator’s head."

Angling the crossbars of the internal FOPS grille contributes to a 14% increase in upwards and four wipers and washer nozzles keep 92% of the glass clear of rain, dust, and dirt, with a fifth wash/wipe cleaning the rear window.

Logical control

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The operator view upwards has also increased to provide safer operation

The latest Loadalls use the familiar electro-hydraulic joystick to operate the boom and attachment, transmission forward/reverse, and auxiliary hydraulic supply to the boom end.
The joystick is mounted either to the right of the driver’s seat or on the air suspension seat.

The previous array of rocker switches has given way to clusters of durable rubber membrane switches. Most of these are located alongside the joystick, with a rotary selector dial to navigate menus and select functions on the new tablet-like instrument display that ‘floats’ in front of the right-hand cab pillar.

On AGRI Pro versions with the DualTech VT hydrostatic/powershift transmission, the individual electric engine speed and ground speed controllers used for Flexi Mode are now paddle switches, mounted in the end of the armrest for easy fingertip operation.

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The new models boost a 200kg increased load capacity over their predecessors

Features of the new cab include:

  • JCB Driver’s Command Position promoting common control themes across JCB products
  • Adjustable push-away steering column for easy entry and exit with working position memory
  • One-piece multi-radius curved glazing that combines the windscreen and roof window
  • Fully-clad interior raises quality feel and cuts noise level by 50% for best-in-class 69dBA
  • Longer and wider dimensions resulting in a 12% increase in size for best-in-class cab volume
  • Four wipers sweep 92% of the front/roof glass to maintain visibility when wet, muddy, or dusty
  • New air conditioning and optional auto climate control with set-and-forget temperature setting
  • Optimised air distribution with windscreen, driver or both selection and rapid demist/defrost
  • Purpose-engineered rubber door seals and cab frame profile to minimise noise and dust
  • Larger, more informative digital instrument display; controls grouped by related functions
  • Sixty percent more dedicated storage space, including lift-out bin for documents, tools, food, and drink
  • Phone holder, Bluetooth, integrated mic and speakers for hands-free calls and entertainment

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