Farm Ireland

Sunday 17 December 2017

Loadall telehandler gets a leaner, greener engine

Derek Casey

Derek Casey

JCB has launched a new telehandler this year. The firm's latest generation of Loadall telehandlers for the agricultural market made their debut at the Lamma Show back in spring and the key feature is the new range's fuel-saving Tier 4i Ecomax engine.

Developed to meet the EU stage 3B emissions standards, the JCB Ecomax engine has no requirement for diesel particulate filters or for exhaust after treatment fluids, resulting in low cost, efficient operation for customers.

It can also be run on standard engine oils. The new Loadall range offers high back-off brakes, contributing a 2pc efficiency gain; button-style gear selection on the servo joystick; transmission dump integrated into the brake pedal and a variable speed cooling fan, reducing noise and fuel use.

"JCB has looked at every aspect of Loadall performance, from the engines to transmissions and hydraulics. We have completed more than 110,000 hours of testing and invested more than €95m to deliver the most efficient range of engines for our customers, each designed specifically to work with our agricultural and construction machinery," says Tim Burnhope, chief innovation officer with JCB.

The firm's 427 and 437 wheeled loaders also made their debut at Lamma earlier this year, with the machines offering increased efficiency, lower emissions, improved operator comfort and smoother driveline technology.

They are powered by the Cummins QSB 6.7l engine and feature an optional five-speed transmission, intelligent clutch-cut-off and automatic differential locks.

That engine meets the EU stage 3B emissions standard through the use of a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC), but without any requirement for a diesel particulate filter or any exhaust after treatment additives.

The DOC has been designed to last the life of the engine, thereby not incurring further service costs for operators.

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"With the 427 and 437 wheeled loaders, JCB has taken large machine technology and applied it to mid-weight models, bringing new levels of productivity and performance to the loader market," says Mr Burnhope.

"These loaders will deliver new levels of efficiency and tonnes-per-litre performance to a range of market sectors, reducing our customers' operating costs."

Irish Independent