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Monday 22 January 2018

JCB's extra space and comfort highlights of improved range

The JCB Farm Master 418S is the most substantially overhauled model in the new range as it replaces the 414S and popular 416S.
The JCB Farm Master 418S is the most substantially overhauled model in the new range as it replaces the 414S and popular 416S.
The JCB Farm Master 418S is the most substantially overhauled model in the new range as it replaces the 414S and popular 416S.
Derek Casey

Derek Casey

No less than five new or improved Farm Master large wheeled loaders were launched by JCB at Agritechnica. Among the highlights is a new cab bringing greater space and comfort, more informative instruments and a quieter working environment.

JCB's Ecomax T4i diesel engine enters service in three models and engine and driveline improvements are among the upgrades for the top two Agri S machines.

According to JCB agriculture managing director, Richard Fox-Marrs: "Our wheeled loading shovels are uniquely equipped for agricultural applications with specially-selected gearing and the tyres needed for grip and stability in typical on-farm conditions.

"Large farms, contractors and commercial store operators use our loaders to provide efficient repeated loading and handling cycles, whether working inside a large grain or fertiliser store, feeding a bio-energy plant, coping in the silage bunker with the output of a high capacity forage harvesting team, or working out in the field filling spreaders from a stockpile of compost, digestate or cattle yard manure."

The JCB Farm Master 418S is the most substantially overhauled model in the new range as it replaces the 414S and popular 416S.

Apart from the new cab, where there is improved noise and heat insulation, the 418S also has an all-new rear chassis, a higher-speed transmission, an optimised hydraulics installation and a larger tyre option for greater grip and flotation.

The 10t newcomer is powered by a six-cylinder diesel with 6.7-litres capacity as before. However, output has been increased by 5pc from 165hp to 173hp to give this machine a real power-to-weight ratio lift.

Torque is similarly up from 732Nm to 801Nm for a significant improvement in climbing ability -- whether on a silage clamp or hilly country lanes.

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The new model also benefits from having a direct-drive torque converter lock-up in all six gears so it can push hard and draw on the engine's torque reserves to keep shovelling grass into a clamp rather than losing effort through the torque converter.

Nor will it have any difficulty keeping pace with the rest of the muck spreading or silage harvesting team as it moves between sites, as the 418S Agri has 40kph or 48kph gearing.

While using the same 100cc pump introduced in the 416S Agri, the newcomer does benefit from optimised hose and valve sizing to improve the efficiency of working hydraulics, while a hydraulic-drive reversible fan ensures cooling capacity can be kept at its optimum for the more powerful engine.

Finally, for operators for whom the standard loader arms are not quite long enough, the new high lift option provides an extra 210mm over load-over clearance -- enough to make a difference when filling a tub diet mixer feeder or high-sided spreader without much loss of lift performance.

Irish Independent