JCB has refreshed its range of Series 3 Loadall telescopic handlers featuring more powerful Stage 5 emissions compliant engines and offering its DualTech VT transmission on additional models.
The updated telehandlers are powered by four-cylinder, 4.8-litre, JCB DieselMax engines, using a compact package of selective catalytic reduction and diesel particulate filter exhaust after-treatment technologies to meet emission regulations, the manufacturer says. A new Auto Stop feature has also been added, which shuts down the engine after a period at idling speed, reducing fuel wastage.
Power outputs relate to the specification level; Agri, Agri Super and Agri Xtra. In Agri models, the engine has unchanged ratings of 109hp and 516Nm torque; for Agri Super versions, there is an extra five horsepower at 130hp along with 550Nm of torque; and for Agri Xtra models the engine also has an additional 5hp at 150hp, in addition to a seven per cent increase in peak torque at 600Nm.
The DualTech VT transmission which combines hydrostatic drive for low speeds and powershift mechanical direct drive at faster speeds is no longer reserved for the top spec models. It can now also be specified for Agri Super versions, as well as the smallest full-size Loadall, the 532-60, for the first time.
The revised model and specification line-up starts with the 532-60 Agri, which continues with a 109hp engine but now has the manufacturer’s 40kph four-speed TorqueLock 4 powershift transmission, featuring torque converter lock-up for direct drive.
This model is joined by the new 532-60 Agri Super, which has a 130hp engine and the DualTech VT hydro-mechanical transmission. At the top end of the performance scale, the bulk handling 560-80 Agri Super has a regular four-speed powershift but in new top-spec Agri Xtra guise comes with the 150hp engine and the choice of either the firm’s six-speed AutoShift transmission or DualTech VT.
Other models in the range, the 538-60, 532-70, 542-70 and 536-95, are available with a choice of Agri 109hp specification with JCB TorqueLock 4 transmission; Agri Super 130hp spec with four-speed Powershift, six-speed AutoShift or DualTech VT drive; and with the Agri Xtra package combining the 150hp engine with six-speed AutoShift or DualTech VT.
AutoShift-equipped Agri Super and Agri Xtra versions of the 542-70 and 536-95 are available as ‘sway’ models with hydraulic chassis levelling for safer extended boom working on uneven ground, and 40kph top speed is now standard on all six, seven and 9.5 metre models.
All Series 3 telehandlers now come with a seat-mounted control joystick as standard as well as the Command Plus cab.
Air conditioning is optional on Agri and Agri Super versions, while on Agri Xtra models the standard system can be upgraded to automatic temperature climate control.
Agri Super spec adds the manufacturer’s Auto Smooth Ride Suspension for the boom and the option to fit up to 11 LED work lights, a feature that is standard with the AGRI Xtra specification. In addition, the highest spec level also includes a limited slip differential front axle, dirt and dust covers between boom sections, and centralised rear grease points on seven and eight metre versions.