Telescopic Handlers



The efficiently powered JCB 540-170 Loadall is a full-sized 4-stage telescopic handler with a huge reach and is powered by JCB’s DIESELMAX engine. It sits on a chassis that’s specially designed to provide the ultimate load-bearing and stability. It has a side-mounted JCB engine that combines with JCB axles and transmission to ensure a reliable drivetrain performance from well-proven components. The 540-170 Loadall’s instant steering selection with three modes provides easy operation, a tight turn radius and great manoeuvrability.

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For quick, easy, safe access, this telescopic handler offers three points of contact at all times for operators getting into and out of the cab. The seat safety switch disables forward and reverse when operators leave the seat. A JCB 540-170 comes equipped with a full set of side and rear view mirrors for all round visibility and safety compliance. For extra safety, a reverse alarm is standard-fit too. The load moment indicator, providing progressive read out of forward stability, is at eye level for easy checks and maximum safety. All JCB Loadall windows are etched with serial numbers, and a battery isolator immobilises the machine. The 540-170 telescopic handler’s backlit switches are clearly visible, even at night or in low visibility.

JCB’s DIESELMAX motor produces high levels of power and torque even at low engine speeds, which means that a JCB Construction Loadall can provide fuel-efficient matching of transmission and hydraulics. A JCB 540-170 telescopic handler is a great asset in so many respects, not least financially – huge global demand, plus legendary productivity and superb build quality equals maximum resale value. The 540-170 comes with 4WD as standard, helping you maintain plenty of traction and performance even in soft, muddy areas. JCB’s optional transmission dump on the foot brake diverts engine power for improved hydraulic cycle times and superb multi-functioning when loading or rehandling. Its parallel lift capability means the 540-170 Loadall offers excellent load retention.

A JCB 540-170 Loadall is fitted with a tough inverted U-shaped boom pressing with fully welded closing plates. For extra strength we limit the number of joints and stress points across our integrated boom nose and one-piece closing plate. The boom on a 540-170 is mounted low in the chassis, providing a rigid structure and maximum over-the-shoulder visibility. Hoses are routed through the boom for maximum protection, while boom overlaps of up to 1.0m ensure ultimate strength and durability. JCB 540-170 telehandler engines are tried and tested; we’ve built 200,000 DIESELMAX units since 2004, and fitted them to a variety of machines across different applications and environments. There’s an optional radiator chaff guard and a reversing fan to keep out debris on this JCB Loadall. The new 540-170 telescopic handler’s stringent testing programme has included prolonged high stress loading of the chassis, boom and other key components, as well as repeated transmission use over thousands of cycles. A one-piece fully welded chassis maximises the strength and minimises the weight of the JCB 540-170.

The JCB 540-170 Loadall has class-leading comfort, not least because of its spacious, safe, side-entry cab. Visibility is also superb and there are stable doors for ventilation. This telescopic handler has a fully adjustable suspension seat and steering column, mobile phone holder and intelligently placed air vents, to ergonomic controls on the front console. Controls on the JCB 540-170 telehandler are intelligently grouped for instinctive use, with hydraulic, transmission and stabiliser controls laid out for quick, safe and precise operation.

Every JCB Loadall is designed to maximise uptime and productivity. To do that, we make sure our components last a long time and, when routine replacements need to take place, we make sure everything important is easily accessible. All daily checks and greasing on a 540-170 Loadall can be carried out at ground level; engine oil, hydraulic and fuel filters are centrally located for convenience. The air filter is also easily accessible, and easy to clean. For fast, easy inspection of 3 sides of the engine, this telescopic handler has a large, wide service bay, accessed by a gas-assisted bonnet. The fold-out cooling package is easy to clean, as is the flat floor with drainage channels.

A 540-170 Loadall is an extremely manoeuvrable telescopic handler; the compact wheelbase, large steering lock angles, combination of individual hydraulic wheel motors, and three selectable steer modes save you valuable travel time on site. JCB’s 74.2kW DIESELMAX motor produces its power and torque at low engine speeds for great responsiveness, and our wide range of Construction Loadall models means you can find the perfect machine for your requirements. There’s excellent rearward visibility on a 540-170, courtesy of a low boom profile and low boom pivot. Our Vertical Integration Strategy is all about making sure the engine, transmission, hydraulic rams and cab of every new telescopic handler work in perfect harmony. These key components are therefore JCB-designed for optimum performance. JCB’s optional SmoothRide System (SRS) cushions shocks from the boom, increasing operator comfort (and therefore productivity) when travelling at speed on the road or on uneven surfaces. A parallel lift provides excellent load retention on the 540-170, while good ground clearance, four-wheel-drive and a hydrostatic transmission aid efficiency still further.

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