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Breaking into the access platform market

It would have been easy enough for JCB to introduce a rigid access platform as an addition to the range of attachments, but the company is never one to do the expected. Instead of a simple man basket, the company is to introduce a range of 3 models - a static platform, an extending platform and a platform offering 180° rotation. It should be mentioned that a third-party platform has been also available for sometime but this is a JCB ‘first’.

JCB say that they are doing this “. . .to meet a growing demand for a telescopic handler-based access solution, JCB is introducing a work platform option for its 535-125 HiViz and 535-140 HiViz Loadall models.” A third party access platform will remain available for the Loadall 540-140 and 540-170 models.

There is a choice of three platform models: a fixed basket, that is 1.2 m wide and 2.5 m long: a fixed extendable basket, also 1.2 m wide, but with a length extendable from 2.5 up to 5.0 m; and a slewing extending platform, offering a 1.2 m width and a length extendable from 2.5 up to 5.0 m, along with a 180° rotation capability.

With the JCB 535-125 HiViz, maximum working height is 14.1 m and 11.3 m working reach. With the larger JCB 535-140 HiViz, working height is 15.6 m and working reach 12.9 m. All three platforms offer a payload of 400 kg,

Proportional joystick control provides multi-function operation, while a twin pump hydraulic system delivers fast lift and placement for maximum productivity. Both of the HiViz models can be ordered platform-ready from the factory, without the access basket, allowing customers to add the platform at a later date when required, increasing versatility and utilisation.

Contractors_World_International_JCB_Platform_Contractors_World_International_Safety a paramount consideration

The JCB-designed wireless-enabled remote control system provides accurate, low-cost precision control while working in the platform. A single key interlock facility ensures complete operator safety while working as an access platform. Rear axle lock boosts lifting envelope for maximum lift capacity.

The EN280 compliant carrier machine has stabiliser and boom interlocks to promote safe practice and there are hose burst protection valves fitted to all primary function hydraulic rams and stabilisers, to prevent collapse in the event of pressure loss. An emergency get-down pump and emergency stop function ensure both operators and other site personnel can control the machine in the event of a malfunction.

The change from the cab operation to platform operation is controlled using a unique keyswitch. When the keyswitch is removed from the cab and inserted by the operator into the transmitter, which in turn is located in the platform, the cab controls become isolated.

The cab controls will not work until the operator removes the keyswitch from the transmitter and reinserts it into its correct location in the cab once he has retuned to ground level. Because the keyswitch is in the transmitter during platform operations, another operator could not walk up to the machine and take control from the cab.

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