JCB has launched a range of telescopic handlers, with engineers paying particular attention to the operator’s comfort. In addition to a completely redesigned cab, the OEM’s new Loadall Series III agricultural machines include improved load capacity and a new powershift transmission.
Now 50% quieter than it was previously, the door to the cab has been sealed with rubber, while visibility has been enhanced by 14% thanks to an innovative approach to glazing of the operator space.
A single-sheet of multi-radius glass provides a continuous field of vision from the cab floor to above the operator’s seating position, while adjusting the crossbars of the internal FOPS safety grille and a low-set dash panel aid the visibility.
Tim Burnhope, JCB’s chief innovation and growth officer, said, “The latest phase of the Loadall’s development is focused firmly on the agricultural operator, with the all-new Command Plus cab. It’s quieter, wider and longer, with an improved driving position, controls that are easier to locate and use, and an instrument display that is larger and more informative.
“The Command Plus design also brings a transformation in forward and upward visibility that we believe sets new standards for operator productivity, safety and driving ease – it’s a cab without compromise.”
Load capacity in four of the five models has improved compared with their predecessors, with increases in the 6m lift 538-60, the 7m 532-70 and 542-70, as well as the 9.5m high-lift 536-95.
While the engine powering the telescopic handlers remains the same, the 109hp unit now features a new 40km/h (25mph) powershift transmission with 4-speed torque converter, offering better performance and fuel economy than the standard 30km/h (19mph) 4-speed transmission.
Don’t miss a full case study of the new range in the forthcoming March edition of iVT magazine