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JCB previews compact telehandler

Discussion in 'Forklifts/Telehandlers' started by equipment fan, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. equipment fan

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    Hi folks:notworthy ,JCB is previewing the miniscopic - a new concept, ultra compact telehandler. With a 4 metre lift height, a rated payload of 2000kg and a full height payload of 1500kg the 515-40 is aimed at jobs where low height and a small footprint area are required such as refurbishment work.
    JCB also claims a payload capacity of 750kg at a forward reach of 2.3 metres.
    According to JCB the key features of the 515-40 concept are its compact dimensions, said to be narrower and lower than conventional telehandlers; hydrostatic 4WD transmission with rear wheel steering and versatile performance as forklift or 0.5 cu m loader.

    It is a good concept???I need your opinion


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    Good cocept but typical JCB. How long till that windshield wiper quits working and never been a fan of the low boom pivot; it blocks your side view way too much.
     
  3. Steve Frazier

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    I'm guessing because they are stressing its small size that it is intended for interior work for the most part. In looking at tire size and ground clearance, it would need to be used on fairly smooth ground. There are no stabilizers like found on some larger units that further support my guess. I guess it has its place, but its use will be limited.
     
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    i agree :iagree with steve,it`s use will be limited
     
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    I agree that it's a limited market machine related to general construction. But I really see it could be usefull in interior construction and demolition in large warehouses and retail spaces. Also would work well for plant clean-up, maintenance and construction. It looks like an interior application machine in the US but I can see it's place in the narrow tight construction sites in Europe.
     
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    Yup, definately a limited market, but in that small maket I think it would really shine although I don't think I like the fact that the front wheels don't turn.
     
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    We are starting to see a lot of these small telehandlers around...mainly italian and other European stuff. Some are going good but you want to hear the nightmare stories about getting parts down here for Manitou and JCB...break your heart.
     
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    If the front wheels turn it will reduce the payload or it would require a lot of beefing up on the front axle it's the forklift concept. This also keeps the weight on the drive wheels helping eliminate the need for 4 wheel drive. This design really helps keep the cost of manufacturing down.
     
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    I just went to the Rocester, UK, JCB Headquarters for a global press conference on all of their new products for the year. This telehandler was barely mentioned, and they're calling it a "concept." Here's the content of their press release:

    March 13th, 2007

    JCB PREVIEWS A NEW CONCEPT TELESCOPIC HANDLER MODEL

    JCB is previewing a new concept telescopic handler to add to its world-beating range.

    The 515-40 will become an innovative addition to the JCB line-up – an ultra compact telescopic handler, also called a miniscopic, - aimed at the construction, rental, agricultural and landscaping markets.

    With a 4m lift height, a rated payload of 2000kg and a full height payload of 1500kg the machine is ideal for jobs where low height and a small footprint area are required such as refurbishment work, poultry and pig farming and horticulture. It also boasts a payload capacity of 750kg at a forwards reach of 2.3m.

    Other key features of the 515-40 concept are:

    • Compact dimensions – narrower and lower than conventional telehandlers
    • Hydrostatic 4WD transmission with rear wheel steering
    • Versatile performance as forklift or 0.5m³ loader

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    North American telehandler sales have increased 72 percent since 1999. Even though sales for 10,000- to 12,000-pound machines have increased 90 percent in that time frame, most of the major manufacturers have rushed into the compact-telehandler space.

    Not sure how this machine distinguishes itself from the competition, but perhaps its strength here will be as an addition to the effort JCB is making with its Fastrack machine in the ag-equipment community.

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    I took a look at the picture again. What is the thing in the background on the right side? :confused:

    And whats the deal with the little flap inf ront of the bucket of the......um......miniscopic?
     
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    I'm not positive what that is in the background behind the Miniscopic. But this photo is from an exhibition hall that JCB had set up on the grounds of its HQ. They had something on the order of 250 different models of equipment there, representing the company's entire product line. It's much bigger than you would think, considering what we see here in North America.

    Looks like that is the body of some kind of dumping vehicle -- probably part of the relatively new JCB GroundCare line. They have a whole line of turfcare products, including ZTR mowers and utility vehicles. Here's their press release for that line:

    March 13th, 2007

    JCB’S WIDE RANGE FOR GROUNDS MAINTENANCE AND LANDSCAPING

    Following a succession of new product developments since the division was set up in 2004, JCB Groundcare has built up an extensive range of dedicated equipment for the grounds maintenance and landscaping sectors.

    In the UK, the products are sold through a specialist network of 15 dealers covering the whole country through 60 depot locations. The JCB Groundcare dealer network is supported by the JCB Service organisation, which delivers unrivalled parts and service back-up.

    The flagship models of the JCB Groundcare range are five new compact tractors. The robust new machines – which span from 23 to 54 horsepower - are ideal for use by grounds maintenance contractors, landscapers and green-keepers around golf courses, parks, sports and amenity grounds, smallholdings and equestrian centres. They power numerous attachments enabling operators to perform many grounds maintenance tasks in addition to their primary role of grass cutting. These include: ditching, loading, hedge-cutting, topping, aeration, flailing, overseeding and harrowing.

    To support JCB Groundcare’s revolutionary compact tractors – a range of heavy duty mower, loader and backhoe attachments has been developed to further enhance the versatility of these new machines.

    JCB’s 6x4 Groundhog utility vehicle - ideal for transporting people, material and equipment across rough and delicate ground - boasts a series of new features and attachments to further improve versatility, performance and operator comfort.

    The machine is proving extremely popular in a wide range of markets including: country estates, agriculture, specialist hire companies, sports venues, utility companies, golf courses and grounds maintenance contractors.

    The permanent 4-wheel drive utility vehicle is powered by a 768cc, liquid-cooled, 20 hp (14.9kW) diesel engine. It features CVT transmission including manual differential lock with a Kevlar drive belt for enhanced durability. In response to customer feedback it is now available with three new cab options for added weather protection, the incorporation of an electric winch and a new kit to enable legal road travel between job sites.

    The machine delivers class-leading performance with a max travel speed of 18 mph (29 km/h), max payload of 500kg and a towing capacity of 500kg.

    The JCB Groundhog benefits from impressive torque, giving extra performance in difficult ground conditions and on inclines. The 6x4 configuration gives four-wheel drive operation for performance in arduous conditions and the model has a superior power-to-weight ratio compared to leading competitor models. Allied with a choice of turf or rough terrain tyres dependent on the application, the machine imparts minimum ground damage on delicate surfaces and delivers great traction in heavy ground.

    JCB Groundcare is also making a big impact with its smallest-ever machine – a downsized micro excavator which is ideal for working on confined garden and landscaping projects.

    Despite its lower weight, the JCB 8008 has an impressive digging envelope and market leading performance. The 8008 uses a 762cc diesel engine, offering a power rating of 12.7hp (9.5kW) – an output which makes the JCB 8008 the most powerful machine in the 800kg sector and has a best-in-class hydraulic pump flow of 13.2 litres/min.

    The JCB 8008 has a variable width undercarriage, allowing it to travel through a standard doorway. The track width is just 700mm when retracted, just exceeding the upperstructure width of 695mm. Once extended, the track width is a stable 890mm.

    Aimed at the commercial market and estates, JCB’s first Zero Turn Mower – the ZT20D – has the benefit of being powered by a 18hp diesel engine, therefore giving multi-fleet customers the ability to use a single and safer fuel. The JCB mower has an extremely fast travel speed of 13mph making it the most productive type of grass cutting machinery – proven to be up to 50 percent faster than alternative equipment.

    The twin 22.7 litre (5 gal) fuel tanks easily provide a full day’s continuous cutting using 48†rear or 52†side discharge decks. An optional PTO-driven grass collector for the side discharge deck can collect up to 436 litres of grass. The operator also benefits from an extremely comfortable, efficient and manoeuvrable machine.

    With the launch of a new compact backhoe loader model, JCB continues to develop the market through design innovation. The JCB Mini CX 4x4 Series II is a four-wheel drive variant of its smallest ever backhoe –the Mini CX and will build on its success with improved performance in difficult ground conditions.

    The centre-mount excavator has a maximum dig depth of 2.54m and vertical stabilisers to improve digging performance in difficult conditions. The loader end features a 0.25m³ bucket as standard, with the option of a parallel lift for forks, GP and 6-in1 bucket.

    Also, still going strong, are two further products which have been in the JCB Groundcare portfolio since it was founded in 2004: the JCB Micro excavators and a range of tracked dumpster models including, a high-tip version.

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    Some JCB GroundCare details here: http://www.jcb.co.uk/products/range.aspx?IID=5

    You can find out much more about the company's complete equipment line at their UK web site (heck, I just discovered that they sell stuff like shovels and wheelbarrows over in the UK) http://www.jcb.co.uk/

    The little flap on the front of the bucket is a mystery to me, too.

    Would be interesting to see what the difference is between this Miniscopic and JCB's Teletrucks: http://www.jcbamericas.com/app/products.aspx?id=16

    One cool thing that JCB did emphasize during our visit to the UK was breaking the diesel land-speed record at Bonneville. Of course I'd heard about it -- we covered it (http://www.constructionequipment.com/article/CA6359306.html?text=dieselmax).

    But by coincidence on the plane over there, one of the movies was The World's Fastest Indian. I hadn't seen it before. If you haven't -- and you can understand why a guy would mortgage his house, learn to cook in the galley of a freighter just to ship his machine half-way round the world, and sleep in his car for a chance to ride as fast has he can on the Bonneville Salt Flats -- I recommend it.

    Anyway . . . it put me in a Bonneville state of mind.

    So JCB took two of its Dieselmax, four-cylinder blocks (they've built 40,000 engines since they started the enterprise in 2004) and cranked the suckers up to 750 hp each with twin turbos, some space-aged fuel injection, and a whole bunch of other stuff that I didn't dig into. Pretty interesting stuff. They claim the project taught them a lot about wringing performance out of their engines, and that the four-cylinders will eventually start showing up in six-cylinder applications because of it (Note: Pretty much all of the diesel engine manufacturers will be substituting smaller engines into their lines as they adopt technologies used to clean up exhaust. Power densities are going through the roof!)

    Sorry to go on and on about JCB. But they dragged me all the way over to England, and I'm bound and determined to get my money's worth . . . :cool:
     
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    Depending on how tight the rear steering wheels turn you will need 4WD. If they turn anywhere near 90deg. off of ceter; so 180 degrees to the front wheels it would almost be impossibe to move if the rear steering wheels were not being powered. They need to be pulling the rear in the direction of the turn.
     
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    Excellent write-up CEwriter and thanks for going over and beyond, as I learned alot. I was not aware they made smaller lawncare stuff.

    Here is a pic of the JCB Grounghog you mentioned. I think this would be the mystery machine in the other picture.

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    You're probably right, CB. And there was so much stuff to see that is being sold in North America, and so little time to actually see it, that I didn't spend any time exploring these other lines.

    Sorry I don't know more about them.

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