During JCB's international press event last week, North American editors were given a surprise preview of one of JCB’s newest models for the U.S. market, the 514-56 Loadall telescopic handler. Despite having the same 56-ft. lift height as the 512-56 Loadall, Edward Lovatt, product marketing manager, Loadall division, insists the 514-56 is a completely new design.
“This isn’t just a 512 with a little more counterweight,” he states. “There is a lot more going into the design than just putting a bigger counterweight on it.”
The 514-56 Loadall is a purpose-built machine designed for heavy lift-and-carry applications, particularly in oil and gas drilling and wind farm applications. It is equipped with a chain-driven, four-stage extension boom with beefed up inner and outer boom assemblies to accommodate loads up to 14,000 lbs. The carriage is direct mounted onto the boom for added load strength.
To ensure stability at height, the new model includes a heavier counterweight (+500 kg) and a wider stabilizer pack, providing better lateral and longitudinal stability. The 514 also comes with a 20-ply tire rating to handle heavier axle loading, larger tilt and displacement rams and standard rear axle stabilization. A compact wheelbase and two-wheel, crab and four-wheel-steer modes ensure optimal maneuverability while roading or moving material around the jobsite.
Servo-controlled, flow-sharing, open center hydraulics have been refined for faster boom cycle times and greater multi-function capability. Controls inside the low-mounted cab are clustered by function to make the telehandler intuitive and easy to operate for rental customers. A standard auxiliary function allows operation of hydraulically driven attachments such as a tilt carriage.
The 109-hp Ecomax engine with variable geometry turbocharger does not require aftertreatment to meet Tier 4 Interim emissions requirements. Combined with a side-mounted engine, this allows for a shorter wheelbase and more room on the machine for easy service access and all-around visibility.
“We know that this machine is going to end up in a rental fleet, so ground level serviceable components and ground level daily checks are absolutely critical to maintenance actually taking place,” says Lovatt.
In addition to the Ecomax engine, JCB manufactures all driveline components, allowing for a more integrated and matched design. “We make our own axles and transmissions. In this case, it’s a Powershift transmission with ease of use in mind that we know is so critical to the U.S. rental market,” says Lovatt. “Also, all of the fabrications on the machine are made here… in the UK. “We’re the only manufacturer who can say we do design and manufacture all of our componentry.”