Latest JCB telehandler model is now available
Published 04/10/2011 | 05:00
JCB has just introduced a new flagship model to its range of agricultural telehandlers.
Weighing in at just over 10t, the new JCB 550-80 Agri Plus Loadall is a rigid chassis telescopic handler with side-mounted boom and four-wheel steering.
The firm already offers a wide range of telehandlers, both in this rigid chassis configuration and articulated chassis/steering with boom mounted out the front.
JCB says that the 550-80 Agri Plus Loadall is now in production and features an 8.1m maximum lift height plus an impressive 5t maximum lift capacity.
Capable of handling a bucket size of up to 3.5m3, the firm says that the new machine has been specifically designed for bulk handling operations in large-scale agricultural applications and the biomass industry, both of which require high volumes of material to be handled.
Power is supplied by the JCB's own DieselMax 145hp engine, which is matched to a four-speed powershift transmission through a torque converter. A variable displacement hydraulic system provides a maximum oil flow of 145l/min for hydraulic functions. Boom functions are operated through low pressure hydraulic servo controls, which are standard.
JCB claims that high dump and roll-back angles of 46Â° and 34Â° respectively ensure excellent material retention and stockpiling for efficient lorry or hopper loading. A Z-bar linkage to the tool frame provides 6.5t of breakout force, according to JCB, which the company says is an increase of more than 50pc on the current 541-70 Agri Plus.
JCB also says the new Loadall has a low-boom design to improve all-round visibility, the Achilles heel of side-boom machines.