JCB Reveals Telehandler Advancements at ConExpo | Construction News


JCB innovation led to the development of the world’s first telescopic handler in 1977, and for 40 years JCB has maintained its position as a global leader and primary innovator in telehandler market.

JCB is the telehandler brand known for world-class build quality, enviable versatility and top residual values.

At ConExpo, JCB announced a series of developments in its telehandler product line to reinforce its standing as the brand that more telehandler operators demand.

Industry-specific designs     

As sophisticated users of JCB telehandlers seek to extract greater efficiencies from their operations, JCB has introduced telehandler models of specific industry applications. The new

514-56S Energy Master is geared specifically to oil and gas and wind-farm industry operators with its 14,000-lb. maximum lifting capacity and 145-hp engine, matched to a DualTech Variable Transmission, to enable road speeds of up to 25 mph. Similarly, the 512-26 Waste Master is designed to meet the unique needs of the waste and recycling industry, and the 508-66 Tool Carrier, with its 66-ft. lifting height, is the perfect solution for operators in urban environments who require telehandler capability and mobility along with small crane functionality.

JCB Chief Innovation and Growth Officer Tim Burnhope said: “By designing and configuring machines for very specific industries and applications, JCB is being responsive to the needs of its customers. The performance benefits speak for themselves, and the operators receive a purpose-built solution, eliminating the need to cobble together after-market, non-OEM add-ons that will only ever be a compromised and imperfect solution.”

Simplified product identification

Globally, the JCB telehandler range comprises more than 30 models. In North America, more than 20 models are available, from lift-and-place models to tool carriers, and compact models to 14,000-lb.-capacity workhorses with 56-ft. lifting height.

To bring its tool carriers in line with the naming structure for its lift-and-place models, JCB announced name changes for 2017 that make each name suggestive of the model’s maximum capacity and lifting height.

“By updating our tool carrier nomenclature, and bringing it in line with our other telehandlers, we will help our customers and users more easily identify the product that is most appropriate to their operations and the task at hand,” said Burnhope.

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More safety features to boost productivity

Key to the impressive safety record of the JCB equipment on the jobsite is the company’s approach to maximizing visibility through innovative design and engineering. This is exemplified in the low pivot boom position of the tool carrier telehandlers and the high pivot boom common on the lift-and-place telehandler models. To further enhance visibility, JCB now offers four optional SMART Safety 360° camera systems. Unlike bolt-on after-market camera systems, the JCB telehandler camera system is fully integrated into the telehandler.