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JCB launches tracked Te­leskid to han­dle more dif­fi­cult con­di­tions un­der­foot, Chris McCul­lough writes

Farms & Farm Machinery - - Product News -

English man­u­fac­tur­ing gi­ant JCB has launched a tracked ver­sion of its Te­leskid loader to help farm­ers and foresters get to those hard-to-reach places.

The new tracked model is man­u­fac­tured to han­dle load­ing and re-han­dling tasks where con­di­tions un­der­foot are del­i­cate or es­pe­cially de­mand­ing.

This lit­tle Te­leskid 3TS-8T is unique among com­pact tracked load­ers as it has a tele­scopic boom that adds to the ma­chine’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties and gives it en­hanced per­for­mance.

It has all the ben­e­fits of the highly ma­noeu­vrable large-plat­form com­pact tracked loader on which it is based, but with the ad­van­tages that come with a tele­scopic boom, such as: be­ing able to load into higher-sided bulk trail­ers and spread­ers; stack and re­trieve bales and veg­etable boxes from a greater height; and han­dle and push loose ma­te­ri­als into deeper stock­piles.

The new tele­scopic tracked han­dler is pow­ered by a 4.4-litre JCB EcoMAX en­gine de­vel­op­ing 74hp (55kW); its hy­draulics sys­tem gen­er­ates 90L/min of oil flow as stan­dard or 125L/min with the op­tional high-flow sys­tem.

While the hy­dro­static drive pro­vides con­trolled ground speeds up to 12.6km/h. Run­ning on 450mm-wide rub­ber belts fit­ted to the rigidly mounted track frames makes for a com­bi­na­tion of traction and flota­tion over soft sur­faces.

JCB says it’s chuffed with the com­pact tracked loader, prais­ing the tracked model as the best in­no­va­tive de­vel­op­ment in 20 years.

“This is the sin­gle most in­no­va­tive de­vel­op­ment of the com­pact tracked loader since its launch 20 years ago,” JCB chief in­no­va­tion and growth of­fi­cer Tim Burn­hope says. “The ma­chine lifts higher, reaches fur­ther and digs deeper than any tracked loader of this size.”

The con­cept of a skid-steer­ing com­pact loader equipped with an ex­tend­ing boom has al­ready been proven on the wheeled Te­leskid 3TS-8W, which has sim­i­lar per­for­mance fig­ures in terms of lift height and for­ward reach. How­ever, the tracked ma­chine man­ages to lift more within safe lim­its by means of its greater weight, which is 5.7 tonnes for the 3TS-8T ver­sus 4.4 tonnes of the wheeled model.

Rated op­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity (35 per cent of the tip­ping load) for the JCB Te­leskid 3TS-8T is 732kg when the pur­pose-en­gi­neered mono­boom is at full ex­ten­sion, and max­i­mum load-over height in­creases from 2.9m to 3.8m, with for­ward reach at ground level in­creas­ing from 1.1m to 2.25m. Be­tween those two ex­tremes there is suf­fi­cient for­ward reach to load and off­load pal­lets, potato boxes, fer­tiliser bulk bags and bales from one side of a stan­dard truck or farm trailer.

Op­er­a­tors can switch be­tween fixed and self-lev­el­ling bucket con­trol us­ing a but­ton on the in-cab con­trol panel. With self­lev­el­ling en­gaged, the at­tach­ment will re­main at the cho­sen an­gle through­out the lift, which helps re­tain loose ma­te­ri­als in a bucket, for ex­am­ple, and also as the boom is low­ered, so a bucket can be po­si­tioned ready to dig into a stock­pile again.

The tracked loader’s boom is equipped with the JCB Smoothride sys­tem sus­pen­sion to also help re­tain loose ma­te­ri­als and pro­vide a more com­fort­able ride when trav­el­ling over a rough sur­face. In ad­di­tion, Te­leskid op­er­a­tors can ma­nip­u­late the boom to repli­cate the char­ac­ter­is­tics of a loader with ver­ti­cal lift ge­om­e­try.

A seven-way multi-func­tion joy­stick pro­vides pre­cise elec­tro­hy­draulic con­trol over the boom and at­tach­ments, with three soft­ware set­tings for the con­trols and trans­mis­sion en­abling the ma­chine to re­spond to in­puts ac­cord­ing to the op­er­a­tor’s pref­er­ence and work­ing sit­u­a­tion.

As with the wheeled model, the pur­pose-en­gi­neered mono­boom gives the ma­chine a uniquely safe and ef­fi­cient cab en­try via a side door. Like its wheeled coun­ter­part, the new JCB Te­leskid 3TS-8T is avail­able through JCB Agriculture deal­er­ships with 0.43-cu­bic me­tre or 0.36-cu­bic me­tre shov­els.

This is the sin­gle most in­no­va­tive de­vel­op­ment of the com­pact tracked loader since its launch 20 years ago.

Above: JCB claims the Te­leskid 3TS-8T lifts higher, reaches fur­ther and digs deeper than any tracked loader of this size

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