JCB is launching a new range of Loadall telescopic handlers featuring more powerful engines – and offering its DualTech Variable Transmission on additional models.
The transmission combines hydrostatic drive for low speeds and powershift mechanical direct drive at faster speeds for better performance and versatility. It can now be specified for AgriSuper versions, as well as the smallest full-size Loadall – the 532-60.
JCB agriculture managing director John Smith said: “DualTech VT has been immensely successful and popular in our top-spec agricultural Loadall and now we are making it more accessible to a wider range of farm businesses.”
User experience and telematics data showed that the DualTech transmission increased productivity and improved fuel efficiency, said Mr Smith. “It’s also a pleasure to use and really does offer the ‘best of both worlds’ characteristics of hydrostatic and powershift drive.”
The latest Loadalls are powered by 4.8-litre JCB 448 DieselMAX engines with a compact package of exhaust after-treatment technologies to meet EU Stage V emissions compliance and power outputs that relate to the Agri, AgriSuper and AgriXtra specification levels.
In Agri models, the engine has unchanged power and torque ratings. But for AgriXtra models, the engine also has an additional 5hp (4kW) at 150hp (112kW) – and a 7% increase in peak torque at 600Nm for livelier performance.
“These proven engines have been equipped to meet the latest exceptionally stringent EU particulate matter and NOx levels while eliminating exhaust gas recirculation and the variable geometry turbocharger, which has been replaced by a simpler electronically-controlled wastegate turbo.”