Special Report | JCB 555-260r: In need of a lift?

Special Report | JCB 555-260r: In need of a lift?

Can the new JCB 555-260r rotating telehandler help developers reach new heights? 

Housebuilders using Modern Method of Construction (MMC) and off-site fabrication will know the importance of versatility and lift capacity when delivering a variety of loads to site and at height.  

Recognising this JCB has recently launched a new rotating machine with high-reach capabilities – the 555-260R. The new model features a 5.5-tonne maximum lift capacity and has a 25.5m maximum working height. 

Powered by JCB’s Dieselmax engines, this new rotating telescopic handler shares a high degree of parts commonality with the company’s rigid chassis Loadall telehandler models. 

Operator visibility
The low-mounted, clean boom design, helps to deliver all-round operator visibility, boosted by a package of working light and camera kit options, including a boom-head camera for precise load placement at height. 

Auto one-touch deployment, stowage and levelling of outriggers ensures ease of use and minimal set-up time, while competitive lift-end cycle times with high-flow auxiliary hydraulics ensure efficient winch work.

The cab maintains JCB’s familiar feel, with an industry-standard control layout and a variety of seating options.

As with all JCB rotating telescopic handlers, the 555-260R can be used with a wide range of attachments. This includes pallet forks, a 5.5-tonne carriage winch, a 2-tonne x 2m jib winch, a reduced height jib, a 5.5-tonne hook, light duty bucket, 360° rotating forks and a range of useful fork-mounted accessories. 

The machine also offers remote-control lift-end operation and the availability of aerial access platforms, in effect making the 555-260R three machines in one – a telehandler, a crane and a mobile elevating work platform. 

In addition, the range of specially-developed JCB attachments, utilise auto recognition (RFID tag) technology, whereby attachments are identified by the machine, automatically selecting the correct load chart for the application.

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