JCB launched its 540-200, five-section telescopic boom to the North American market at ConExpo. The new machine, with it 66-ft. lift height, makes the Loadall the highest reaching in JCB's range and according to JCB, the highest achieved in the market by a rigid-framed product.
The 540-200 comes with a Tier 4 Interim driveline and is powered by JCB’s Ecomax diesel engine, delivering 109hp, up from the previous machine’s 100hp. Of more significance than the power output, the JCB Ecomax engine produces a strong 377lb. ft. of torque, up from 324 lb. ft. with the previous Dieselmax motor. This allows the operator to work more efficiently at lower engine revs, reducing noise and cutting fuel consumption.
Equally importantly, the Ecomax engine has been designed to achieve Tier 4i emissions standards without the use diesel particulate filter or any other form of aftertreatment. This allows JCB’s loadalls to maintain a low engine cover for maximum visibility on site, while cutting maintenance costs for customers.
The machine comes with JCB axles and transmission, providing total component integration for maximum efficiency.
The 540-200’s five-section telescopic boom has been specifically designed with construction use in mind, using lighter, stronger materials to achieve maximum lift capacities within the operating envelope.
The five-section boom minimizes the overall length of the machine, with the same wheelbase as JCB’s smaller 55’9” machine, allowing maneuverability in confined sites. The boom is powered by a single internally-mounted extension ram and chains that ensure all five sections are extended proportionally. The design of the chain and roller system with a pre-lubricated chain results in long service intervals and minimal downtime.
A single joystick lever provides total proportional control of all boom functions and the machine is supplied as standard with an auxiliary hydraulic service with a drain to tank for powered attachments. With a maximum lift capacity of 8,800 lbs., the 540-200 delivers a 5,000 lb. capacity at 57 ft. and 3,000 lb. capacity at full height.
The loadall has a spacious cab with the instruments offset to one side, for improved forward visibility. The angled roof bars provide upward visibility through the large roof window, crucial for fast placing of loads at height. The machine is fitted with a cab-mounted servo controlled joystick, providing effortless, precise and responsive control of all the hydraulic services. The 540-200 is equipped with a seven-speed cab cooling fan for a comfortable working environment in the warmest site conditions.