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New Holland and JCB have introduced new telehandler models suited
for different lifting jobs around the farm

New Holland has expanded its LM5000 line of telehandlers with the recent addition of the compact LM5020 and LM5030 models. Their small dimensions make them ideally suited for working in tight places like barns or corrals, but they’re still capable of providing some serious lifting capacity.

“With these new compact telehandlers, accessing the tight spaces and hard-to-reach corners of a mixed farming operation, landscaping yard or municipal site is no longer a chore in itself,” says Mike Cornman, dairy and livestock marketing manager. “With tremendous lift height and capacity combined with a tight turning radius, they’re more productive than a tractor with a front-end loader and more efficient than a larger skid steer.”

The smaller LM5020 gets power from an 85-horsepower turbocharged diesel engine with common-rail injection. That rating jumps to 101 horse-power on the larger LM5030, but its engine uses mechanical fuel injection.

Despite their compact dimensions, these models offer reasonably high lift capacities. The LM5020 is only 1.82 metres wide and 1.91 metres high, but it can lift 2,504 kilograms (5,510 pounds). That small size gives it a turning radius of just 3.41 metres. The LM5030 is a little larger at 2.05 metres wide and 2.04 metres tall, but it has a beefed-up lift rating of 2,806 kg (6,175 pounds). It’s turning radius is slightly wider at four metres.

Although they make a small package, New Holland says these models aren’t lightly built. In fact, the company claims the two new models are 10 to 12 per cent heavier than equivalent designs from competing brands. That extra weight also helps make them more stable when lifting heavy loads at full boom extension.

JCB

At the other end of the size spectrum, U.K.-based JCB introduced a heavy-lift telehandler to the North American market in February with the introduction of its high-capacity 550-80 Agri Plus Loadall. This giant offers a massive lift capacity of 5,000 kg (11,000 pounds) and a break-out force of 6,636 kg (14,600 pounds). It will lift up to a height of 8.1 metres.

The 550-80 gets power from a 130-horsepower JCB Dieselmax engine and delivers it through a powershift transmission. It also has a 140 l/min (37 gpm) variable-flow hydraulic system for rapid cycle times. The Smooth Ride System of boom suspension improves load stability along with creating a smoother ride for the operator. †

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