JCB launches compact telescopic handler

  • 06-May-2010 12:54 EDT

JCB says its newest and most compact telehandler offers maneuverability, lifting height, and power for smaller work sites.

JCB says its "most compact and maneuverable" telescopic handler, the new 515-40, is the result of an "innovative design that [makes] it perfect for use in more confined areas."

To achieve what it describes, at 5.9 ft (1.8 m), "the lowest possible overall height," JCB says it challenged conventional design concepts and developed the 515-40 with an all-new, innovative, off-set single-spine main frame.

As a result, the 7672-lb (3480-kg) machine offers a full-size cab with both easy accessibility and plenty of space for the operator via a low-level step and flat cab floor.

Chris Giorgianni, General Manager of Product Marketing at JCB North America’s headquarters in Savannah, GA, says that "the extremely compact" 515-40 can be effectively used at sites that could previously only be accessed by skid steer loaders.

"Our new 515-40 is small enough to provide the construction, agricultural, and industrial markets with the many benefits offered by our telescopic handler range,” said Giorgianni. “This machine brings the maneuverability and power of the telescopic handler to nurseries, small farms, landscape contractors, building supply yards, warehouses, and many other applications that can benefit from its 8.5 ft of forward reach and 13.2 ft of loading height.”

With a turning radius of just 9 ft (2.7 m), the 5.2-ft (1.6-m) wide 515-40 is equipped with four-wheel steering and "exceptional ground clearance," and JCB says the machine can easily traverse the challenging outdoor conditions often found at a landscaping job site or on the farm.

Its four-wheel-drive system and hydrostatic transmission are designed to get the "most power to each wheel" by mounting the four drive motors in the axle hub, ensuring the power is exactly where the operator needs it. The drivetrain design ensures 515-40 functionality on the yard or running off-road in wet conditions.

Powered by a 50-hp (37-kW) engine, the 515-40 can carry a payload of 3300 lb (150 kg) up to its maximum lift of 13.2 ft (4 m), allowing it to maximize storage space inside small buildings, enabling it to load a truck from one side, and granting it access to the inside of a standard container to load it from one end.

“The 515-40 comes standard with a universal skid steer quick attach, opening it up to a vast range of attachments,” said Giorgianni. “This extra functionality combined with ease of operation makes the machine a multitasker for any number of applications."

The 515-40 features a full-size canopy or an optional cab. When outfitted with a cab, the 515-40 also offers optional air-conditioning and a deluxe suspension seat. Low noise level and both ROPS and FOPS protection provide additional health and safety benefits.

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