Looking to provide a flexible solution for the plant needs of the modular housebuilding sector JCB has introduced a new Hydraload rotating telescopic handler.
With modular housebuilding gaining pace across the UK, rotating telescopic handlers are gaining in popularity as a cost-effective replacement for smaller mobile cranes. These machines often offer rapid set-up and, alongside other roles, provide the ability to carry out technical lifting operations
Following three years of development, JCB has launched the Hydraload 555-210R, offering a maximum lift capacity of 5.5 tonnes and a maximum working height of 20.5m.
The new telescopic handler has a lower chassis engine layout and a low, clean boom design to give excellent all-round visibility. Other operator aids include comprehensive work light options and camera kits, including a boom head camera for precise placement at height.
To ensure that set-up time is minimised, the outriggers have Auto one-touch deployment, stowage and levelling. Competitive lift end cycle times and high auxiliary flow rates for efficient winch work have been designed into the Hydraload to boost productivity. A range of specially developed JCB attachments using RFID technology can be identified by the machine, to automatically offer the correct load chart for safe operation.
At launch, the company will offer pallet forks, a 5.5 tonne carriage winch, a 2 tonne x 2m jib winch, a reduced height jib, 5.5 tonne hook, light duty buckets and a range of fork-mounted accessories, such as waste skips and concrete placing skips. Remote lift end operation and access platforms will also be offered.
The machines are powered by JCB’s efficient Ecomax engine and the JCB LiveLink telematics system is fitted as standard.