JCB has announced a new sub compact telehandler, the 1,400kg/four metre 514-40, its smallest telescopic handler to date. The new unit is based on the current 516-40 but is transportable on a standard two axle equipment trailer towed behind a large car or 4x4.
The new model can take 1,300kg to its full height and handle 525kg at its maximum forward reach of 2.5 metres. A one tonne load can be extended to a forward reach of 1.5 metres. The 514-40 has an overall width of 1.56 metres, an overall height of 1.8 metres and an overall length to the front of the carriage of just under three metres, it has an all up operating weight of 2,915kg, which can be reduced to just under 2,700kg with the carriage and forks removed.
The new telehandler features a full width cab that JCB claims is 200mm wider than other machines of this size - such as the Manitou or Ausa. Power comes from a low maintenance 1.1 litre three cylinder diesel that requires no DPF or DEF to meet Stage V emissions, coupled to a Bosch hydrostatic transmission, with standard four wheel drive and steer, and a top speed of 15kph. Customers can choose between a range of industrial and turf tyres.
Standard features include a full towing kit, reversing alarm, road lights, the JCB load control system and LiveLink Lite telematics system. A new lightweight tool carrier and is capable of working with floating forks or a bucket, while double acting auxiliary hydraulics make it possible to operate a range of JCB attachments.
So how does it compare?
The main competitor here is surely the two new Manitou ULM models, the JCB falls between the 1,200kg ULM 412H and 1,500kg ULM 415H in terms of lift capacity, but both models have more lift height that the JCB at 4.3 metres, and more forward reach at 2.62 metres. The 412 is lighter, than the JCB while the 415 has exactly the same weight. The JCB scores on cab width and a shorter overall length – almost half a metre shorter – while being a little lower, although all three machines will easily clear two metres. The JCB is 70mm wider – thus the cab width and has less ground clearance – thus the lower overall height. So, all in all the differences between the machines are relatively minor, so choice is likely to depend on availability, pricing and terms and most importantly – the dealer or salesman.
There are also equally competitive offerings from Wacker Neuson and the slightly smaller Ausa, both of which compare relatively favourably.
We will run a full side by side comparison in an upcoming Cranes & Access magazine.
In summary this looks like an excellent product from JCB which builds on a its existing model, while making it more trailer friendly. Unless we have missed something it is not earth shattering in terms of new features, innovations or competitiveness, but it does have a good overall mix of features and benefits and is likely to prove popular with JCB buyers, but unlikely to attract ‘die hard’ Manitou customers away from their usual supplier.
What it will more likely to do is help expand the growing sub compact telehandler market, which looks set to business away from other compact lifting and loading equipment, such as skid steer loaders for example. So, watch out Bobcat! which so far does not have a machine in this sector.