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JCB Adds Two Models to World-Beating Loadall Range
JCB will add the compact 527-58 Loadall, and the high capacity 550-80 Loadall, to its class-leading telescopic handler range at Bauma. At opposite ends of the lifting scale, the two Loadalls share the same innovative approach to machine design that has seen JCB become the world’s best selling telehandler manufacturer.
The 527-58 - Compact Performance
As the most compact Loadall in the side-engined range, the 527-58 is just 2m wide and 2m high, (dependant on cab, wheel and tyre combinations), which allows access to buildings, underground car parks and other restricted work areas. The machine has a maximum lifting capacity of 2.7 tonnes, with a lift height of 5.8m. Even with a full 3m forward reach, the 527-58 can still handle a useful 1.25 tonnes meaning the machine offers performance you would expect from a larger telescopic handler in previously inaccessible areas.
Powered by either the 85hp (63 kW) or 100hp (74 kW) JCB Dieselmax engine, the Loadall drives through a highly efficient hydrostatic transmission. This provides excellent control, high tractive effort and travel speeds between 25 and 40km/h dependant on tyre and transmission combinations.
By utilising a JCB designed and built engine, axles, cab, hydraulics, chassis and boom, the company can ensure perfect integration of components ensuring reliability and durability throughout the life of the machine. The radiator, engine and driveline are easy to access for daily checks and scheduled maintenance.
Though externally compact, the machine benefits from generous steering lock angles, optimum wheelbase, multimode steering and excellent visibility providing superb manoeuvrability on restricted sites. The 527-58 also benefits from a full size Loadall cab with a recessed door handle and hinges to achieve the narrowest dimensions. Riding on 18” tyres, the cab is mounted very low on the chassis for a maximum overhead clearance of just 1.95m.
The hydraulics deliver up to 126 litres/min of flow, enough to power a variety of attachments. JCB Loadall Q-fit and JCB compact tool carriers (plus a range of competitor quick hitches) can be used with the machine, allowing the use of a wide range of buckets and powered attachments to maximise versatility, productivity and avoiding customers having to purchase a complete new range of attachments when they are replacing an existing machine.
The 550-80 – Ultimate Productivity
JCB’s highest capacity Loadall, specifically designed for bulk handling operations in waste and industrial sectors, the conceptual 550-80 is set to offer a lift height of 8m and a maximum lifting capacity of 5 tonnes. Powered by either a 100hp (74 kW) or 130hp (97kW) engine the machine boasts a capable transmission, 140 litres/min Variflo hydraulics and Hiflow pipework for optimised cycle times and auxiliary service performance.
The 550-80 is designed to work equally well with forks or in a shovel configuration, and has the capacity to operate with 3.5m3 high capacity buckets. With servo controls as standard and the option of a seat mounted servo, the operator benefits from low lever efforts and excellent ergonomics, all increasing efficiency. JCB’s proven Smooth Ride System offers improved load retention and increased comfort in load and carry operations.
With loader operation in mind the 550-80 comes with a Z-bar bucket linkage, to provide high dump and roll-back angles. The low boom line also contributes to excellent all-round visibility, which is essential in a rapid cycle loading situation.
The 550-80 offers the ideal materials handling machine for heavy duty waste and recycling operations, with its high lift capacity and powerful driveline ensuring rapid loading cycles and exceptional productivity.
EN15000 legislation calls for the introduction of a longitudinal load moment limiter on all European telescopic handler machines produced from September 2010. JCB has developed an innovative progressive cut-out that prevents the operator exceeding the machines longitudinal stability capabilities. Significant effort has gone into the design of the system to ensure impact on machines productivity is not affected.
As the world’s best selling telescopic handler producer JCB is constantly developing its class-leading range of Loadall telehandlers. Innovation, engineering excellence and most importantly the ability to listen and react to the voice of the customer, has put JCB at the head of the field.
The ability to react to changing customer requirements, whether it be for a compact machine capable of working in underground car parks, or a massive loader with the ability to master a waste and recycling operation, will ensure that JCB maintains that position in the market.
*Dependant on wheel and tyre combinations.
JCB loadalls are available through CLAAS Harvest Centres nationwide.
For more information contact:
Tim Stocker, Product Manager – JCB
027 246 7506