Farm Ireland

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Latest JCB telehandler model is now available

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 46° and 34° 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.

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To comply with safety legislation, the machine uses JCB's adaptive load control for 'booming out' and keeping the back wheels on the ground.

This is done using a combination of proportional or two-stage hydraulic cut-outs for the boom function, along with several other sensors monitored by an onboard control unit, which then adjusts the hydraulic flow to control the boom out and boom down functions.

The new JCB 550-80 Agri Plus Loadall is €74,250 + VAT.

For more details, contact ECI JCB on 01 500 8700 or email

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