JCB has strengthened its range with improvements of the industry leading Agri Loadall range and the introduction of the new range topping 560-80 Agri Plus. 

The new 12,000 lb. lift capacity to 26ft. 7 in. lift height Loadall 560-80 Agri builds on the resounding success of JCB’s existing repeat loading cycle champion (the 550-80 Agri) with a further increase in lift capacity.

Meanwhile, the latest version of the 527-58 Agri is now powered by JCB’s advanced Ecomax Tier 4 Interim (T4i) engine, while Agri variants of other Loadalls get a host of improvements which make them even more productive.

JCB Agriculture General Manager, Ray Bingley said: “JCB now has a Loadall range which covers the entire spectrum of modern agricultural needs. As well as the introduction of the 560-80, we have also taken the opportunity to upgrade our current products, making them more productive and efficient. From the 526-56 through to the 560-80, we have a range to meet every farmer’s needs.”

Loadall 560-80 Agri

The response to the introduction of a new heavy-weight but highly maneuverable telescopic handler to the world-beating JCB Loadall range has been exceptional and resulted in even higher than forecasted sales.

The range topping 10,000 lb. lift capacity 550-80 Agri and the 12,000 lb. lift capacity 560-80 Agri, cater to large farms and larger dairy and livestock operations that want the benefits of a telescopic and loading performance equivalent to a wheel loader.

New for 2014 both the 550-80 or 560-80 Agri Plus will be powered by a 145hp version of the JCB Ecomax T4i diesel engine, the newcomer will come with the option of a new 6 cu. yd. bucket from JCB's comprehensive Agmaster range of attachments and front-end implements, and a seat-mounted servo joystick for fingertip control.

At 12,000 lb. lift capacity and with increased forward reach capacity, the new high-performance machine combines brawn with the versatility of a two-stage telescopic boom and heavy-duty implement carriage. The Z-bar linkage converts hydraulic power into high break-out force for fast bucket filling while providing excellent dump angle for fast cycle times.

Loadall 527-58 Agri

Installing JCB's new high-performance Ecomax T4i engine into the Loadall 527-58 Agri has made a good telescopic handler even better.

Power is up 9% at 109hp and torque is up 4%, while electronic management of the engine's high-pressure common rail fuel injection delivers improved fuel economy with excellent power and torque characteristics that are maximized by partnering the engine with a new electronically-managed hydrostatic transmission.

This optimized powertrain results in a machine that responds more eagerly to the accelerator pedal and makes best use of the engine's generous torque output for greater productivity when cleaning out livestock barns or working on a manure pile.

Likely users in smaller livestock and dairy operations will appreciate the spacious full size cab, which JCB engineers have successfully installed without having to offset the boom or compromise the driver’s elbow room. Particular attention has been paid to rearward visibility – so sight-lines have been carefully considered and the low boom pivot ensures excellent visibility to the rear and right hand side of the machine.

Other features drawing on technology from larger models include a 24 gpm variable displacement pump hydraulic system with flow sharing (so two functions can be used at once); a proportional control joystick; and auto alignment of the wheels when switching between steering modes.

The two-stage boom, designed for durability and trouble-free service, comes with the option of Smooth Ride Suspension and fast handling and loading cycle times thanks to the advanced hydraulic system. It all adds up to an exceptional specification for a machine of this size.

A host of other features and benefits are also evident on this new version of the Loadall 527-58 Agri, including a restyled cabin with a 3.5in color display to provide an improved operator interface, a variable speed cooling fan for reduced noise, improved efficiency and improved airflow through the engine bay to reduce dust blown up from underneath the machine.

536-60 Agri to 560-80 Agri Plus

Regenerative hydraulics, hydraulic cylinder damping and a new Auto Smooth Ride Suspension engagement system are among a package of added-value features being introduced across all Agri variants of the Loadall 536-60, 541-70, 535-95, 550-80 and new 560-80.

The improvements also include an innovative 'auto bucket rattle' function that will automatically shake the bucket or fork to discharge sticky materials or progressively discharge feed into a mixer wagon. The amount of shake induced is regulated by proportional movement of the loader joystick.

Fuel economy and productivity gains will come from the revised boom hydraulics. With oil regenerated from one end of the lift rams to the other, the boom lowers faster, resulting in quicker cycle times without having to rev the engine. With the standard 37gpm piston pumps fitted to these Loadall models, lowering time is now as quick with the engine on idle as it was at high revs. The net result is faster cycle times and fuel savings of more than 4% and a 20% improvement in productivity when loading.

Hydraulic cylinder end-stroke damping is being used to further refine operator comfort and improve load retention. All agricultural Loadall handlers will benefit from end damping on boom retract and lift cylinders, a feature which will be retained on the higher specification 541-70 Agri-Xtra versions, where boom extend and cylinder damping on lower and dump is already a proven feature.

Added refinement comes with a new version of JCB's Smooth Ride Suspension system that automatically engages when the machine is moving and when the additional 'auto' mode is selected, so it is no longer necessary to lower the boom when stationary to engage the system.

The operator can switch between modes on the move, selecting ‘on’ for full-time Smooth Ride Suspension when working at low speeds, ‘off’ to provide precise boom positioning control for pallet work and when attaching an implement, or operators can choose the new ‘auto’ mode.

A button to release pressure from the auxiliary hydraulic service is now provided in the cab for added convenience, and buyers can choose to add a powerful LED lighting package for 3.5 times more illumination around the machine.

For more information visit www.jcb.com.