JCB expands compact telehandler choice with new 525-60 Agri

Farmers wanting a compact telescopic handler with efficient and lively performance have more choice in the JCB range with the launch of an Agri version of the Loadall 525-60.

The new model caters for users who do not need the full suite of features available on the high specification Agri Plus but will benefit from the class leading attributes of the 525-60 design.

With a genuine lift height of six metres, 2.5 tonnes of lift capacity and a choice of transmissions and hydraulics, the 525-60 brings efficiency and productivity features from the latest full-size Loadall handlers into the compact sector.

The Loadall 525-60 range features:
• Only 1.89m wide and just 1.97m tall but generous best in class 880mm wide cab
• Two-stage boom with 2.5 tonne lift capacity and 6m lift height
• 2.5-litre JCB Diesel by Kohler four-cylinder engine with 74hp (55kW)
• No DPF or SCR exhaust after-treatment required to meet toughest emissions rules
• Varispeed option for independent engine and ground speed control

JCB Agriculture General Manager John Smith said: “Demand for compact telehandlers capable of working efficiently in and around buildings has previously been met by machines with tight dimensions but also some compromises in terms of equipment and performance.

“The new Loadall 525-60 Agri and Agri Plus are thoroughly modern, high-spec, no compromise machines that are easy to use, have exceptional rear three-quarters visibility, and can deliver a full-size machine’s performance despite their remarkably small overall dimensions.”

Measuring just 1.97m to the top of the spacious cab and only 1.89m over the tyres, the Loadall 525-60 Agri and Agri Plus will slot into the smallest of buildings and can be worked with ease around ‘traditional’ and modern farm yards thanks to unmatched all-round visibility. In particular, the low engine cover and boom pivot, which is set at the same height as a seated driver’s waist, results in exceptional right rear three-quarters visibility.

A short wheelbase provides the ultimate in four-wheel steer agility so that operators can make the most of the 2.5 tonne lift capacity and 6m lift height.

The Loadall 525-60 is powered by a 2.5-litre JCB Diesel by Kohler compact four-cylinder engine developing 74hp (55kW). Service-free emissions control results from the engine’s highly efficient combustion – there is no need for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to deal with NoX or a diesel particulates filter (DPF) to meet European Stage IV / US Tier 4 Final standards.

The new engine also promises improved fuel economy, which is helped by the variable speed reversible engine cooling fan positioned behind a wide-core radiator.

Agri versus Agri Plus
The Agri and Agri Plus versions of the Loadall 525-60 differ principally in the transmission and hydraulics departments.

The Agri version has a JCB hydrostatic transmission with two ranges for work and travel and a top speed of 25kph, delivering more than adequate performance for routine lifting, loading and carrying duties on pig, poultry, dairy, beef and sheep units where the Loadall 525-60 is most likely to be found.

For more arduous work schedules and longer travel distances, the Agri Plus has a 30kph high performance JCB hydrostatic transmission generating the 4200kg of tractive effort required for maximum productivity when digging into muck heaps or piles of bulk feed, for improved towing performance and when operating in hilly areas.

An inching pedal with both transmissions provides fine speed control, which makes it easier to draw on extra revs for maximum hydraulic flow, while the Varispeed option provides independent ground and engine speed control.

With a hand throttle setting the engine revs and a dial to set the ground speed, this feature is ideal for operations involving slow speeds but requiring a consistent flow of oil from the auxiliary circuit (fitted as standard) to a hydraulic motor – such as on an auger feeding bucket, straw shredder or rotary yard brush.

The 525-60 Agri’s gear pump hydraulics provide oil flow up to 80-litres/min, while the load-sensing piston pump of the Agri Plus delivers up to 90-litres/min and has a flow sharing circuit for intuitive multi-function control that results in faster cycle times and greater loading productivity.

Spacious cab
Operators will appreciate the spacious cabin, which at 880mm is 10% wider than the leading competitor’s machine.

Tinted glass is standard and operators will value the single lever electro servo joystick design, which provides proportional control of all hydraulic services and carries a forward/reverse roller switch selector to complement the traditional left-hand shuttle lever.

The Agri and Agri Plus have the patented JCB Bucket Control as standard; with this function selected, moving the joystick sideways ‘rattles’ the bucket automatically to dislodge any sticky materials from a bucket or fork without any effort. And since the amount of movement is proportional to the position of the joystick, it can also be used for precision metering – of sawdust used as bedding or feed into a trough, for example.

The Agri Plus comes with a deluxe cab package as standard providing a radio speaker kit, sun blinds, roof wiper, tilt and reach adjustable steering column, two-speed and intermittent windscreen wiper and a 12v auxiliary power socket. These are optional on the Agri model and both versions can have air conditioning.

Compact handler, big machine features
Big handler features on the compact 525-60 include auto alignment of the wheels when switching between the two-wheel, crab and four-wheel circle steering modes, while the two-stage telescopic boom, designed for durability and trouble-free service, delivers fast handling and loading cycle times thanks to the advanced hydraulic system.

The boom comes with telescopic ram end damping on the Agri and Agri Plus versions and both are available with JCB’s highly effective Smooth Ride Suspension to minimise spills and add to the driver’s comfort over rough surfaces. Carriage options include Euro Hitch for the first time on a Loadall, enabling tractor-loader operators to switch to a telehandler and make full use of existing attachments.

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