JCB Releases New-Generation Loaders

Published on 02 December 2019

JCB has released the third-generation of its industry-leading Loadall telescopic handlers.

Boasting an extra 200 kg lift capacity, a new cab and new chassis levelling control and air trailer braking options, the Series III range comprises six models with lifting capacities ranging from 3.2 to 5.6 tonnes and a maximum reach of 6 to 9 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 percent 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 is 50 percent quieter than the previous design, with a best-in-class 69 dBA rating.”

The elimination of the front cross-member from the roof significantly increases the glazed area by 14 percent, allowing operators to view raised booms and implements more easily, confidently and comfortably. The large front wiper and two roof-mounted wipers sweep 92 percent of the curved windscreen glass.

The larger, tablet-like digital instrument display is attached to the windscreen glass and incorporates a mobile phone holder, Bluetooth, integrated microphone and speakers for hands-free calls and entertainment. 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 mornings.

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.

All models are equipped with the 4.4 L JCB EcoMAX engine, which delivers 109 hp or 125 hp, while high specification models are fitted with a 4.8 L version that delivers 145 hp. All engines are equipped with selective catalytic injection (SCR) and a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) to comply with Stage IV emissions standards.

A range of transmissions are available, including the 33 km/h four-speed JCB Powershift manual transmission, 40 km/h TorqueLock4 transmission with direct-drive torque converter lock-up in top gear and the 40 km/h six-speed JCB Autoshift transmission. The unique JCB DualTech VT unit combines hydrostatic and powershift elements in one transmission. Sway Control is available on Agri Plus and Agri Super versions of the 542-70 (4.2 t lift, 7 m reach) and high-lift 536-95 (3.6 t lift, 9.5 m reach).

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.

View the current range here

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