JCB Unveils New Telehandlers at ConExpo

JCB today unveiled a major advance in the design of its machines with the launch of two new low boom Loadalls, which offer visibility and productivity improvements. Visibility on the new Loadall 535-125 HiViz and 535-140 HiViz models has improved by 10 percent, particularly to the rear of the machines, compared to the models they replace. This has been achieved by a reduction of 9.5 inches in the boom pin pivot height, according to the company. The new 506-36, 507-42, 510-56 and 509-42 Lift & Place high boom Loadalls, designed specifically for the North American market, will be launched along with the first of the new HiViz Loadall models.

An innovative use of materials and components on the HiViz Loadalls has also resulted in a 13-percent reduction in overall boom section. In addition, the new machines have a more compact rear chassis, which results in a reduction in overhang. Further improvements include new axles featuring higher lock angles, which improve the machine's turning radius. These improvements in maneuverability and visibility combine to make the new HiViz Loadalls easier and speedier to operate • making them much more productive machines.

"JCB leads the world with its Loadall telescopic handler brand," said Matthew Taylor, JCB chief operating officer. "The introduction of the new low boom versions offer the customer an even more productive and maneuverable machine, which will help build on our strong global position. As housing densities rise, the need for more compact and easier-to-maneuver machines with improved rear 3/4 visibility will be increased. With the two new HiViz models, JCB is well-placed to meet this demand."

The 535-125 HiViz and 535-140 HiViz are also among the first models to incorporate a new dashboard and control layout that features a new easy-to-read instrumentation that groups all the separate analogue dials into a single display unit. It includes an LCD display, which, at the touch of a button, allows the operator to see the time to the next service and the trip distance.

The new instrumentation panel also incorporates warning lights, including one that alerts the operator when the stabilizer legs are down. These lights were previously positioned away from the main instrument cluster and their new location results in the operator only having to look in one place for machine operation information, offering a more ergonomic and productive environment.

Both machines feature the existing class-leading operator environment and proven JCB Dieselmax engine, JCB transmission and JCB axles. Previewed at Bauma in 2007, the HiViz Loadalls are now in full production.

The two new models are fitted as standard with the 85-hp JCB Dieselmax engine, with the option of 100-hp. They retain a powershift transmission with low-effort 'Plus' pattern hydraulic controls for easy machine operation. The roomy cab has a large glass area and angled roof bars for good upwards visibility. The machines still feature a Q-fit carriage for rapid attachment interchange and side-mounted engine, which, thanks to its large cover, has excellent service access. The machines maintain a 108-inch wheelbase to maintain a stable roading platform.

In 2006, JCB passed an industry milestone as the first brand to sell 100,000 telescopic handlers. The company recently invested in a second production line for telescopic handlers at its plant in Rocester in the United Kingdom and expanded production to its U.S. factory in Savannah, Ga.

JCB takes the wraps off 21 new products at this year's ConExpo show • taking its lineup to a record 290 different machines.

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