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New Model Joins World Leading JCB Agricultural
JCB today unveils the 550-80 Agri Plus Loadall to its class-leading agricultural telescopic handler line-up – and it now becomes the highest capacity Loadall in the range. This new flagship model offers the same innovative approach to machine design that has seen JCB produce the world’s best-selling telehandler.
The 550-80 Agri Plus – Ultimate Performance
The 550-80 Loadall telescopic handler, which is now in production, has an 8.1 metre lift height and 5.0 tonne maximum lift capacity. The machine has been developed in direct response to customer demand for a machine with even greater lift performance at reach.
The 550-80 Agri Plus is JCB’s highest capacity Loadall and it has been specifically designed for bulk handling operations in large scale agricultural applications such as grain and root crop handling. The high capacity features also makes the 550-80 an ideal machine for the biomass industry, which require high volumes of material to be handled. Powered by a 145hp (108 kW) engine as standard, the machine boasts a highly capable transmission, 145 litres/min variable flow hydraulics and Hi-flow pipework for optimised cycle times and auxiliary service performance.
With servo controls as standard, the operator benefits from low lever efforts and excellent ergonomics, all increasing efficiency. With loading operations in mind high dump and roll-back angles of 46° and 34° respectively, ensure excellent material retention and stockpiling for efficient lorry or hopper loading.
The inner boom of the 550-80 Agri Plus uses a splayed nose design to maximise structural integrity
while also incorporating Z-bar linkage. This system provides 6.5 tonnes of breakout force – an increase of more than 50 per cent on the current 541-70 Agri Plus. The low boom line also contributes to excellent all-round visibility, which is essential in a rapid cycle loading situation.
The 550-80 Agri Plus offers customers the perfect materials handling machine for large scale grain/root handling and biomass operations, with high lift capacity and a powerful driveline ensuring rapid loading cycles and exceptional productivity.
For machines sold in Europe and countries requiring CE marking, the latest JCB development is Adaptive Load Control - a Longitudinal Load Moment Control (LLMC) system fully complying to industry standard EN15000 – which is now included on all Loadalls in the EU. This legislation has been introduced to reduce the likelihood of forward overturning of a variable reach truck performing stationary loading or placing operations on consolidated, stable and level ground, by the use of an automated LLMC.
Dependent upon the machine type, JCB Adaptive Load Control uses a combination of proportional or two-stage hydraulic cut-outs for the boom function, along with a number of other sensors monitored by an onboard control unit which then adjusts the hydraulic flow to control the boom out and boom down functions accordingly.
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 have ensured that JCB remains at the head of the field.