Pics: JCB packs the power in new Stage V compliant Agri Loadalls

JCB is launching a new range of Loadall telescopic handlers featuring more powerful Euro Stage V emissions-compliant engines, the UK machinery giant has revealed.

It will be offering its DualTech Variable Transmission – which combines hydrostatic drive for low speeds and powershift mechanical direct drive at faster speeds – on additional models.

This transmission is no longer reserved for the top-specification Series III Loadalls, “making it accessible to more farmers and contractors”, JCB claims.

It can now also be specified for AGRI Super versions, as well as the smallest full-size Loadall, the 532-60.

The new large-platform Loadall updates include:
  • AGRI, AGRI Super, AGRI Xtra specs now relate to 109hp, 130hp and 150hp outputs;
  • DualTech VT now available in more models, including new 532-60 AGRI Super;
  • 40kph top speed capability now standard on 6m, 7m and 9.5m models;
  • New Auto Stop feature discourages fuel wastage from engines left to idle.

The latest JCB Loadall handlers are powered by 4.8L JCB 448 DieselMAX engines with a package of exhaust after-treatment technologies to meet EU Stage V emissions compliance and power outputs that relate to the AGRI, AGRI Super and AGRI Xtra specification levels.

In AGRI models, the engine has unchanged ratings of 109hp (81kW) and 516Nm torque; for AGRI Super versions, there is an extra 5hp at 130hp (97kW) along with 550Nm of torque; and for AGRI Xtra models the engine also has an additional 5hp at 150hp (112kW) – alongside a 7% increase in peak torque at 600Nm for livelier performance.

The “efficient fuel combustion characteristics” of the DieselMAX engine that help minimise after-treatment requirements also contribute to “attractive fuel consumption”, JCB claims.

This, it says, is further enhanced by the new Auto Stop feature that can shut down the engine after a period at idling speed to eliminate fuel wastage, the manufacturer claims.

Loadall model line-up

The revised model and specification line-up starts with the JCB Loadall 532-60 AGRI, which continues with a 109hp engine but now has JCB’s 40kph four-speed TorqueLock 4 powershift transmission, featuring torque converter lock-up for power-efficient 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 to bring its combination of smooth and precise low speed hydrostatic drive and power-efficient mechanical drive to the small to medium-size livestock farm for the first time.

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 either JCB’s familiar six-speed AutoShift transmission or the seamless DualTech VT.

All other models in the range – the 538-60, 532-70, 542-70 and 536-95 – are available with a choice of AGRI, AGRI Super and AGRI Xtra specifications.

Features and options

All Loadall Series III handlers now come with a seat-mounted control joystick as standard, within the Command Plus cab.

Air conditioning is optional on AGRI and AGRI Super versions, and on AGRI Xtra models the standard system can be upgraded to auto temperature climate control.

AGRI Super specification adds JCB Auto Smooth Ride Suspension for the boom and the option to fit up to 11 LED work lights “to turn night into day all around the machine”, the manufacturer concludes.