JCB has taken the first public step toward becoming a major player in the $8-billion powered access market by unveiling its first line of scissor lifts.
The company has been developing and engineering a line-up of powered access machines in secret for the past two years. The wraps have now come off an initial nine all-new electric scissor models.
By the end of 2017, the newly-launched JCB Access business will be offering a total of 27 new platforms, including scissors, articulated booms, and telescopic boom lifts.
The exciting new move is geared to grab a slice of an $8-billion market where 130,000 units a year are sold. Powered access platforms are a common sight around the world where temporary access is needed for people to work at height, particularly on construction sites.
JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said: “The access market is a truly global market and offers immense opportunities for growth for JCB. It’s a market that is ripe for a new supplier with the ability to offer industry leading, round-the-clock product support. JCB’s 770 dealers with 2,200 depots can deliver the back-up that global customers expect.”
The new JCB Access products - designed in house to meet the needs of rental companies and contractors worldwide - will initially be offered in the UK, France, Germany and North America.
The JCBs Access range has been certified by TUV, ensuring the highest product quality standard. It will also comply with the latest ANSI and CSA legislation.
Lord Bamford added: “Customers in this industry now have a highly credible alternative with a range of products built and certified to a higher standard. We are very excited about the opportunities this offers the rental customers that we already know very well.”
JCB’s dealer network has been undergoing full sales and service training to be able to provide world-class back-up for the access platform ranges.
JCB’s LiveLink telematic system will be incorporated as standard on all booms, and available as an option on the scissors.
By the end of 2017 JCB’s range of access platforms will include:
Nine electric and three diesel scissor lifts from 15 ft. to 45 ft.
Five articulating booms – four diesel and one electric - from 49 ft. to 81 ft.
10 diesel telescopic booms from 67 ft. to 136’ ft.
The scissor lifts weigh between 2,932 lbs. and 7,420 lbs.
The two smallest models (S1530e & S1930e) have platforms measuring 5' 4.5" long by
2' 6" wide. Larger models use a 8' 2.5" long platform, except for the largest model (S4550E), which has an 8' 8" long platform. The lifts have rated basket capacities from 500 lbs. to 1,212 lbs.
The electric scissors are powered by four 6V or 12V batteries, with hydraulic drive. Three diesel models will be introduced later in 2017.
JCB will introduce four articulated booms in 2017, with platform heights of 49 ft. to 81 ft. All four models will be offered with four-wheel drive and two-wheel steering, delivering up to 40% gradeability and a maximum stowed driving speed of up to 4.3 mph.
They will be joined by a 45-ft. platform height AJ45E electrically powered articulating boom lift quarter three. The electric model has two-wheel drive, two-wheel steering, and up to 30% gradeability.
The AJ50D diesel articulating boom is powered by a JCB Diesel by Kohler engine, while the other three articulated models and all telescopic models use the JCB by Kohler engine already proven in many of JCB’s compact machines. These engines all meet Tier 4 Final emission standards, making them suitable for the North American and European markets. Load capacities range from 500 lbs. to 550 lbs., enough for two occupants and tools.
A range of 10 diesel-powered telescopic booms will also be added throughout 2017. They will offer platform heights from 67 ft. to 135 ft. There will be a high degree of parts commonality between the three model ranges.