The new JCB 409ZX wheel loader is a versatile tool carrier that combines compact dimensions with an operating weight of 5.8 tonnes and a loader capacity of 1.6 cubic metres.
Designed for both agriculture and construction applications, the 409ZX is fitted with a turbo-charged 2.5-litre, four-cylinder, Italian-built ‘JCB Diesel by Kohler’ engine which pumps out 74 horsepower (55.4kW) at 2,200 rpm and 300Nm of torque at 1,500 rpm.
It meets Tier 4 Final/Stage-3B emissions regulations using a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) rather than a diesel particulate filter (DPF). This, JCB says, makes servicing and running costs cheaper than the outgoing Tier 3 models.
“This loading shovel is the perfect tool carrier,” JCB CEA national product manager Greg Sealey says. “It’s compact, which gives it versatility on a range of sites, as well as being highly productive and extremely safe, reliable and comfortable.
“The hydrostatic AWD makes these models very easy to use, even for someone who is not an experienced operator,” he adds. “Low rev power and torque means there’s less risk of overpowering the machine at a cost to fuel economy.”
There are several axle options on the JCB 409ZX, including open diffs for hard ground and limited slip diffs for soft muddy terrain.
The 100 per cent switchable front axle diff lock option provides excellent traction on mud and doesn’t create any shear forces, Sealey says, so it won’t damage the ground when it’s not in use. It can also be engaged on the move and under load.
The tool carrier features a new immobiliser option and there’s an in-cab quick-hitch isolation system to prevent attachments being released without proper control.
The cabin has been designed to maximise space, minimise noise levels and keep the operator comfortable in both hot and cold conditions.
It features an ergonomically designed air suspension seat, steering column and joystick control system, and all-round visibility thanks to large glass panels, narrow cab pillars, sloping rear bonnet and parallel loader-arm geometry.
On the serviceability side, Sealey says the sloping one-piece bonnet allows for fast access to the engine and drive train, where all service points are grouped.