New release: JCB Loadall telescopic handlers

JCB's new Loadall telescopic handlers are attracting much attention for their versatility and new features


The release of JCB’s third generation of its industry-leading Loadall telescopic handlers ushers in a new era of performance and comfort. Boasting an extra 200kg lift capacity, a new cab, and new chassis levelling control and air trailer braking options, the Series III range offers six models with lifting capacities ranging from 3.2 to 5.6 tonnes and a maximum reach of six to nine metres.

Claas Harvest Centre product manager (JCB) Steve Gorman, says the new Command Plus cab features improved visibility, quietness, ventilation, and storage space. "The new cab is 12% larger than its predecessor and features the same adjustable steering column, layout, and controls and function-grouped switches utilised in JCB Fastrac tractors and wheeled loaders," Steve says.

"This makes it easier for operators to switch from one type of JCB machine to another and to use each in the most productive way possible. A wide door opening and adjustable push-away steering column with working position memory make it easy for operators to enter and exit the cab.

"The lack of bare metal inside contributes to a remarkably​​ low noise level. In fact, it’s 50% quieter than the previous design, with a best-in-class 69dBA rating." The elimination of the front cross-member from the roof significantly increases the glazed area by 14%, allowing operators to view raised booms and implements more easily.

A larger, tablet-like digital instrument display is attached to the windscreen glass and incorporates a mobile phone holder, Bluetooth, integrated microphone, and speakers.

Storage space includes a lift-out bin behind the seat for documents, tools, food, and drinks.
The cabin’s improved airflow, demisting, and defrosting functions allow the loaders to be put to use first thing on a winter morning.

The new Sway Control levelling system enables the operator to adjust the machine to a vertical position before raising the boom when working on sloping or rough terrain.
Operated under electro-hydraulic control from the cab, the system utilises a double-acting hydraulic cylinder attached to the chassis and front axle.

A range of transmissions are available, including the 33km/h four-speed JCB Powershift manual transmission, 40km/h TorqueLock4 transmission with direct-drive torque converter lock-up in top gear, and the 40km/h six-speed JCB Autoshift transmission.

The unique JCB DualTech VT unit combines hydrostatic and powershift elements in one transmission. Options include twin-line air trailer braking with seven-pin electrics and an anti-lock braking (ABS) socket and a combination of twin-line air and single-line hydraulic braking for trailed equipment. 

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