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solutions that offer high productivity and low cost of ownership. Tim has been with JCB for over 12 years and was previously Group Managing Director for Product Development And Commercial Operatons.

It was Tim’s job, aided by Mick Mohan, (lef) Group Engineering Director, to present the latest innovatons from JCB which visitors to Intermat 2012 will see for the frst tme. These include new excavators, telescopic handlers, skid steer and compact track loaders, backhoe-loaders, mini-excavators and a new atachments for telescopic handlers that take

JCB into the access market. Telehandlers are already recognised for their versatlity on building sites and in agriculture. The ability to use them for access signifcantly extends the opportunites for new applicatons. This opton will undoubtedly appeal to rental/hire companies as it has the potental to increase utlisaton.

The complete range of 23 models in the JS range of tracked excavators are to be equipped with new engines, new cabs and a new styling that also adds strength to the range.

The new models will all feature engines that meet current EU and USA emission requirements. However, as JCB also has significant sales in other countries where regulations and operating conditons are diferent, there will also be a Tier II opton on appropriate models.

The skid steer range will progressively be increased to 17 models with the three additonal models at Intermat and others to follow. In the compactor line up there will be two new compacton rollers.

JCB is also introducing new breakers and a new quick hitch that Mick Mahon boldly states “ approved and CE marked to meet all current and future regulatons.”

Breaking into the access platform market

It would have been easy enough for JCB to introduce a rigid access platorm as an additon to the range of atachments, 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 statc platorm, an extending platorm and a platorm ofering 180° rotaton. It should be mentoned that a third-party platorm has been also available for sometme but this is a JCB ‘frst’.

JCB say that they are doing this “. . .to meet a growing demand for a telescopic handler-based access soluton, JCB is introducing a work platform option for its 535-125 HiViz and 535-140 HiViz Loadall models.” A third party access platorm 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 platorm, ofering a 1.2 m width and a length extendable from 2.5 up to 5.0 m, along with a 180° rotaton 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 platorms ofer a payload of 400 kg,

Proportonal joystck control provides mult-functon operaton, while a twin pump hydraulic system delivers fast lif and placement for maximum productvity. Both of the HiViz models can be ordered platorm-ready from the factory, without the access basket, allowing customers to add the platorm at a later date when required, increasing versatlity and utlisaton.

The JCB-designed wireless-enabled remote control system provides accurate, low-cost precision control while working in the platform. A single key i nte r l oc k fa c i l i t y en s u re s complete operator safety while working as an access platorm. Rear axle lock boosts l ifting envelope for maximum l i f t capacity.

The EN280 compliant carrier machine has stabi l i ser and boom interlocks to promote safe practce and there are hose burst protecton valves fted to

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