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New JCB 555-260R Rotating Telehandler

by Kyle Molyneux  |  Mon 11 Oct 2021

New JCB 555-260R Rotating Telehandler

Recognising the growth in popularity of rotating machines with high-reach capabilities across Europe, JCB is extending its rotary portfolio with the launch of the 26m-reach 555-260R. The 555-260R has a maximum lift capacity of 5.5 tonnes and ‘highly competitive’ load charts. In many cases, the machine boasts up to a 10% lifting envelope advantage over competitive machines, reckons JCB.

Auto one-touch deployment, stowage and levelling of outriggers ensures ease of use and minimal set-up time, while competitive lift-end cycle times with high-flow auxiliary hydraulics ensure efficient winch work, further boosting productivity.

The low-mounted, clean boom design is said to help to deliver excellent all-round operator visibility, which is further boosted by a package of working light and camera kit options, including a boom-head camera for precise load placement at height. JCB says the cab maintains a familiar feel, with a simple to operate, industry-standard control layout and a variety of comfortable seating options, ensuring all-day working comfort.

The 555-260R can be used with a range of attachments including pallet forks, a 5.5-tonne carriage winch, a 2-tonne x 2m jib winch, a reduced height jib, a 5.5-tonne hook, light duty bucket, 360-degree rotating forks and a range of useful fork-mounted accessories.

The machine also offers remote-control lift-end operation and the availability of aerial access platforms. In addition, the range of specially-developed JCB attachments, utilise auto recognition (RFID tag) technology, whereby attachments are identified by the machine, automatically selecting the correct load chart for the application.

Powered by JCB’s 448 Dieselmax engine (150hp), the 555-260R has a lower chassis-mounted engine layout for ground-level servicing (intervals are set at 500 hours). This model is labelled as the 512-83R in North America and is equipped with a Tier 4 Final Ecomax engine producing 108kW/145hp.

You can watch JCB's other Rotating Telehandler, the 21m-reach 555-210R in action in Digger Man Blog's video below.

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