Agricultural focus for JCB teleskid


JCB has announced the arrival of a compact tracked teleskid aimed specifically at the agricultural market.

A telescopic boom on the new Teleskid 3TS-8T allows it to handle loading and re-handling tasks in farming and forestry applications where conditions can be difficult.

JCB’s chief innovation and growth officer, Tim Burnhope, said, “This is the single most innovative development of the compact tracked loader since its launch 20 years ago.

“It has all the benefits of the highly maneuverable large platform compact tracked loader on which it is based but also the advantages that come with a telescopic boom – such as being able to load into higher-sided bulk trailers and spreaders, to stack and retrieve bales and vegetable boxes from a greater height, and to handle and push loose materials into deeper stockpiles.

“The machine lifts higher, reaches further and digs deeper than any tracked loader of this size.”

Proven technologies
The vehicle’s skid-steering compact loader with an extending boom system is a proven concept, already featured on the wheeled Teleskid 3TS-8W – a vehicle with similar performance figures in regard to lift height and forward reach.

However, the tracked machine manages to lift more within safe limits by means of its greater weight – 5.7 metric tons for the 3TS-8T versus 4.4 metric tons.

Rated operating capacity (35% of the tipping load) for the JCB Teleskid 3TS-8T is 732kg when the purpose-engineered mono-boom is at full extension, and maximum load-over height increases from 2.9m to 3.8m, with forward reach at ground level increasing from 1.1m to 2.25m.

Operators can switch between fixed and self-levelling bucket control using a button on the in-cab control panel. With self-levelling engaged, the attachment will remain at the chosen angle throughout the lift – which helps retain loose materials in a bucket, for example – and also as the boom is lowered, so a bucket can be positioned ready to dig into a stockpile again.

A seven-way multi-function joystick provides precise electro-hydraulic control over the boom and attachments, with three software settings for the controls and transmission enabling the machine to respond to inputs according to the operator’s preference and the working situation.

June 22, 2018

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