JCB has unveiled its first 360 degree telehandler in a launch to the press at its plant in the UK.
The new model - dubbed the Hydraload 555-210R - will be the first in a range of models and offers a maximum capacity of 5.5 tonnes and a maximum lift height of 20.5 metres. It can also take 2.5 tonnes to full lift height or handle 850kg at its maximum 18.5 metres forward reach. Free on wheels it can lift 4.5 tonnes.
Detailed specifications are not yet available but the Hydraload features Automatic one touch outrigger deployment, stowage and levelling. The machine can also be operated with the outriggers set up inboard - within the machine’s overall width or each beam can be extended to any length depending on the space available. Maximum road speed is 40kph.
JCB says it launched the machine because of the growing popularity of rotating telehandlers with heavier lift capacities in Europe. It is also hoping that the changing construction methods used for the construction of modular homes will create more demand.
The 555-210R is powered by JCB’s Ecomax engines, offering a high degree of parts and service commonality with other JCB telehandlers. A low boom design is said to provide improved all round visibility, as do comprehensive work light options and camera kits, including a boom head camera to make placement of loads at full height easier. The JCB LiveLink telematics system is fitted as standard.
A range of specially developed attachments using RFID technology can be identified by the machine and then automatically offer the correct load chart for safe operation. At the launch, they include pallet forks, a 5.5 tonne carriage winch, a two tonne x two metre jib winch, a reduced height jib, 5.5 tonne hook, light duty buckets and a range of fork mounted accessories, such as waste and concrete placing skips. Remote lift end operation and access platforms will also be offered.
“The Hydraload 555-210R will meet the changing requirements of contractors across the world, as a greater use of off-site pre-fabrication calls for heavier lift capacities and increased on-site versatility,” said Tim Burnhope, chief innovation & growth officer. “Rotating telescopic handlers have become a genuine cost-effective replacement for smaller mobile cranes, offering rapid set-up and the ability to carry out technical lifting operations.”