JCB launches 50kph Loadall telescopic handler


JCB has launched its new flagship Loadall telescopic handler, the fastest and most powerful model the company has ever built.

The 542-70 AGRI Pro has a unique combination of engine power and torque, acceleration, top speed and hydraulic power to set new levels of performance and productivity around the farmyard, out in the field and on the road.

“With its 173hp engine and 50kph top speed, the new Loadall 542-70 AGRI Pro is the most powerful and fastest Loadall that JCB has ever built, with quicker acceleration and unmatched towing performance,” said JCB Agriculture managing director, John Smith. “The Loadall design is already a world-beater in terms of performance and productivity, and now this new model takes materials handling capabilities to a new level, with a standard specification giving the machine tremendous operator appeal while setting a new benchmark for loading, handling and towing.”

The new JCB 542-70 AGRI Pro features:

  • JCB 4.8-litre DieselMAX engine developing 173hp (129kW) and 690Nm of torque
  • JCB DualTech VT half hydrostatic, half direct mechanical drive 50kph transmission
  • 22% increase in dynamic tractive effort; 25% greater road travel productivity
  • Heavy-duty JCB axles with 10-stud hubs and 500mm-wide tyres on stronger rims
  • New twin axle hydraulic power braking system with auto four-wheel drive engagement
  • 14% increase in hydraulic flow from larger 72cc (160-litre/min) piston pump
  • New rubber spring cab mounts giving increased vibration and shock isolation

Like other Loadall 542-70 models equipped with the DualTech VT transmission, the AGRI Pro has a maximum lift capacity of 4.2 tonnes and a full-height lift of 2.75 tonnes to 7.01m.

But while the AGRI, AGRI Super and AGRI Xtra models have 109hp (81kW), 130hp (97kW) and 150hp (112kW) outputs from their 4.8-litre JCB DieselMAX engines, the new Loadall 542-70 AGRI Pro has 173hp (129kW).

That gives the newcomer a 24hp (17kW) or 16% advantage over the current most powerful JCB models, and a 15% increase in peak torque output of 690Nm at 1,500rpm, figures that together with the performance of the hydrostatic drive element of the DualTech VT transmission, generate 22% more dynamic tractive effort when digging into compacted cattle yard muck or scooping up grain or sugar beet with a large volume bucket.

The Loadall 542-70 AGRI Pro also features a new high-speed version of JCB’s unique and performance-proven DualTech VT hydro-mechanical transmission, which provides precise and progressive control from hydrostatic drive up to 22kph (versus 19kph with the standard version) and power-efficient direct mechanical drive with a top speed of 50kph instead of 40kph.

Where this unique combination of power, torque, acceleration and speed can be exploited, the Loadall 542-70 AGRI Pro can reduce journey times between field and farm, and more easily keep pace with contractor lime and muck spreading teams when moving from one location to another.

To handle the added power and speed, a new hydraulic braking system has individual circuits for the heavier-duty 10-stud front and rear axles, which meets the requirements of European T1b tractor homologation for road-going agricultural vehicles, and air trailer braking is a factory-installed option.

Also, in addition to running in rear-wheel drive on the road for maximum towing traction and stability, the AGRI Pro automatically engages four-wheel drive when the brakes are applied to ensure the maximum tyre/surface contact patch for shortest stopping distances.

Once on site, operators can make best use of the DualTech VT transmission’s Eco and Power settings, and use the Flex mode to separate control of engine and ground speeds for easy foot pedal control, and to work at low speeds while using sufficient engine revs to power a hydraulically-driven sweeper, straw processor or silage feeder.

On handling and loading work, operators can also exploit the Loadall 542-70 AGRI Pro’s higher capacity hydraulics package, which comprises a 72cc variable output piston pump delivering up to 160-litre/min – a 14% increase in output that promotes quick responses to joystick control inputs, especially when using more than one function at a time, such as when crowding a bucket while raising the boom.


Share this story:

About Author


Saul Wordsworth is deputy editor of the iVT brand - which includes digital and print editions of a quarterly magazine and Off-Highway Annual, as well as He is a keen cyclist and lives in north London.

Comments are closed.