Stratford-upon-Avon-based Johnson & Johnson has taken delivery of one of the first of the newly introduced compact telehandlers off the production line and has used it on a series of housebuilding sites in the Midlands.
Johnson & Johnson director Martin Johnson says: “We bought our first new JCB telescopic handler 15 years ago and have used them ever since. This nippy new model is absolutely fabulous. Performance is very good all round and its ability to get palletised building materials into the most confined areas on site makes a massive difference for us.”
The JCB 516-40 is just 1.56 metres wide and 1.8 metres high. With permanent all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering, it has a turning radius of just 2.8 metres. Its lift capacity is 1.6 tonnes and maximum lift height is four metres. Power comes from a 2.2-litre Kohler engine, producing 49hp (36.6 kW) of power.
The 516-40 also has an offset single-spine chassis and individual hydraulic wheel motor drive system that gives it the overall size and agility of a skid steer loader, with the greater lift capacity and reach of a telehandler, JCB says.
It adds that the improved hydrostatic transmission delivers increased pushing power and higher travel speeds in both low and high travel ranges. A constant-flow hydraulic option can be used to power rotary sweeper brushes and other attachments, independent of travel speed. A single proportional joystick controls all boom and auxiliary hydraulic functions for ease of operation.