JCB Industrial delivers industry-specific merchant master line


JCB Industrial has designed a range of four Teletruk materials handlers specifically for use in the builders merchants sector. The company worked closely with the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) to develop the four machines, all of which incorporate an improved list of standard equipment. The machines are the first from any supplier member company to proudly display the BMF logo.

The four Teletruks include the two-wheel drive 30DTCR, the 30D4x4, the two-wheel drive 35DTCR and the 35D4x4. The machines benefit from a fully enclosed hydrostatic drive system and the choice of two- and four-wheel drive makes the compact load handlers ideal for both well surfaced yards and rougher site conditions, which would be unsuitable for a conventional fork lift truck.

The Merchant Master specification includes as standard a single carriage pin, a flashing beacon, a greasing kit and a reversing alarm. The two two-wheel-drive machines also come with a hydraulic flow divider as standard. As well as pallet forks, the Teletruks can be operated with bagging buckets, shovels, brick clamps and a host of specially designed attachments, delivering maximum versatility and return-on-investment for the merchant.

There are also a range of options available for the Merchant Master machines, designed to make life easier, safer and more productive in a merchant’s yard. These include PPS industrial tires for the two-wheel-drive models and foam-filled traction pattern tires for the 4x4s; a choice of partial or full cabs; a five-spool hydraulic valve block; 1,200mm 3B forks; a vinyl seat covering; cab heater; vinyl door; panoramic mirrors; a quick disconnect sideshift or complete Changezee system; two quick disconnect couplings; additional working lights and a road lighting kit.

The JCB Changezee hydraulic quick-disconnect carriage allows the operator to swap between attachments in 30 seconds, without having to leave the safety of the cab.

Maximum lift capacity is 3 tonnes for the 30D models and 3.5 tonnes for the 35D machines, while maximum lift height for the 30D is 4.0m and the Teletruks have a forward reach of up to 3.32m. The 35D Teletruks can lift to a height of 4.4m.

To further boost safe operation, the Teletruk is equipped with an operator presence switch that prevents the machine from starting if the operator is not seated. If the operator leaves the driving seat while the machine is in motion, it will come to a controlled stop and not move until the operator is seated again.

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