JCB claims latest loader can boost farm productivity
JCB has launched a new version of one of the most popular high-performance wheeled loaders on the market, a move which the firm claims can increase the productivity of larger farms and contractors.
The JCB Farm Master 435S Agri builds on the success of its predecessor – the 434S Agri – as the industry's first heavy-class wheeled loader built exclusively for agricultural applications.
"The 434S established new levels of performance for heavy-duty farm loading and handling operations with features and specifications designed specifically for agriculture," says Edward Roach, JCB's agriculture product marketing manager.
"Its replacement builds on a successful formula with improved traction, faster travel speed and greater comfort and convenience for the operator – and a significant reduction in fuel consumption bringing lower running costs."
Like its predecessor, the new 4.2t payload Farm Master 435S Agri is powered by a 6.7l Cummins QSB six-cylinder engine but with catalyst and particle filtration exhaust after-treatment technologies to meet European stage 3B emissions rules.
It also has a variable geometry turbo, generating increased performance at lower engine speeds. Peak outputs are unchanged at 230hp and 945Nm torque, so the machine's impressive power-to-weight ratio of 16.8hp/t, which gives it agile silage clamp climbing performance, remains uncompromised.
However, apart from the inherent fuel efficiency of the Cummins engine, an ECO power setting that limits engine speed to 1,800rpm for light duties is joined by a new 'low idle' feature. This automatically cuts engine speed to just 700rpm after 30 seconds of inactivity – when waiting for a silage trailer, for example – and can be augmented by an optional auto engine shut-down if required. Together with a lower cooling fan speed to cut power loss, JCB claims these features contribute to a significant reduction in lifetime fuel usage.
With 750/65 R26 MegaXBib tyres installed, the 435S Agri has impressive traction and flotation for a machine weighing more than 13.6t. But a new option of an automatic locking front axle differential adds further tractive effort in challenging conditions as an alternative to the standard limited slip differentials at both ends.