JCB produces 200,000th Loadall
JCB has marked a big milestone with the production of the 200,000th Loadall telehandler – a machine found on construction sites, farms and commercial facilities around the world.
First manufactured in 1977, fewer than 300 JCB Loadalls were produced in the first year. Today, thousands of units are produced and exported around the world each year.
The introduction of telehandlers changed the way things are done across a wide range of industries.
On building sites they transformed lifting and loading tasks previously handled by a small team of labourers. On farms they boosted productivity substantially, replacing basic tractor-mounted hydraulic loaders.
In the commercial space, telehandlers were able to perform tasks that were beyond the reach of traditional forklifts.
It took almost 30 years for JCB to sell the first 100,000 Loadalls but it has taken less than 10 years for the next 100,000 to be sold. Today JCB manufactures a total of 90 different Loadall models, 88 of which are produced at JCB World HQ in the United Kingdom and two that are produced in India for their domestic market.
JCB has introduced a number of changes to the Loadall since 1977. The introduction of engines located on the side of the machine rather than the centre enabled the boom to be lowered, improving visibility. In 2008 JCB introduced the Hi-Viz Loadall range which lowered the boom even further.
JCB also made significant improvements to the Loadall’s engine performance and suspension.
The torque lock system introduced in 2001 increased the Loadall’s top speed on the road as well as improving its performance when moving uphill, while the patented Smooth Ride System (SRS) is an automated system that keeps suspension even over rough terrain, improving material retention in the bucket as well as improving operator comfort.
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