JCB upgrades Loadall cab

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JCB unveiled a completely redesigned cab for its range of telescopic handlers at Lamma 2019.

Visitors to the annual UK agricultural machinery show yesterday were presented with the 5 Series Loadall vehicle’s brand-new Command Plus cab.

The result of detailed engineering and ergonomics studies, as well as significant consultation with operators, the cab features improved visibility and comfort.

The Loadall’s new operator space is 12% larger, meaning increased room for both operator and storage, while forward facing visibility has been upgraded with the low-set dash panel and a single sheet of glass covering the front and above the operator. An adjustable push-away steering column provides easy entry and exit for the operator.

The fully-clad interior, plus purpose-engineered rubber door seals, combine to cut noise levels in the cab by 50% to 69dB(A), while new air-conditioning and optional automatic climate control provide set-and-forget temperature settings.

Evolution of the vehicle
JCB’s chief innovation and growth officer, Tim Burnhope, said, “Just over 40 years ago the JCB Loadall telescopic handler introduced farmers to a revolution in mechanized materials handling, and through successive technical innovations in JCB engines, smart hydraulics and advanced transmissions, the Loadall has continued to deliver outstanding productivity, performance, durability and cost-efficiency.

“The latest phase of the Loadall’s development is focused firmly on the agricultural operator, with the all-new Command Plus cab, which is 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.

“Finally, but by no means least, the Command Plus design 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.”

The Loadall range comprises four models with up to 200kg increased load capacity over their predecessors – the 6m lift 538-60, 7m 532-70 and 542-70, and the 9.5m high-lift 536-95. The heavy-lift, bulk handling 560-80 with 8m lift height and 6 metric ton lift capacity remain the same, and the 536-70 LP continues unchanged.

The new cab will be available in the range of telescopic handlers from March 2019.

Interested in cab design? Check out the Cab Design & Technology Conferencewhich takes place during iVT Expo. Both the conference and iVT Expo take place on February 13-14, 2019 in Cologne, Germany. 

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