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JCB: threefold efficiency boost

2017.09.07

EkoNivaSibir has held a number of demo shows of the JCB 536-70 Agri Super telehandler at farming enterprises of Novosibirsk and Tomsk oblasts.

By Tatiana SIMONENKOVA

Loadall’s CV

The model has the dimensions and features of the JCB 531-70 with the lifting capacity of 3 tonnes’, says Aleksandr Zuyev, Head of Sales Department of EkoNivaSibir. ‘However, due to the reinforced frame, it is capable of lifting up to 3.6 tonnes. At the same time, it is more affordable, than the more powerful JCB 541-70.’

The JCB equipment is reliable, powerful, and efficient. It offers increased operator comfort. Any loader of the JCB lineup is versatile due to the comprehensive range of tools: buckets available in many sizes, grabs, forks, rotating augers, brushes, earth drills — a total of over 40 attachments.

The demo shows featured the best-selling attachments: a 2.5 m3 grain bucket, a muck fork & grab, capable of not only cleaning out compressed manure in pens, but also lifting two bales at a time, and a shear grab, which ensures a smooth clamp face to maintain nutritive properties of forages.

‘The word “Super” in the denomination means that the loader’s capacity has been increased to 130 hp’, says Aleksandr Zuyev. ‘And the 30 hp margin gives it an edge over competitors in tough conditions. The operator can monitor the telehandler remotely via the factory-installed JCB LiveLink, which provides users with detailed information, including location, beginning and end of work sessions, idle time and work under load, engine hours overall and before maintenance, battery charge and fuel consumption – all displayed either on the in-cab computer or remotely on a fleet manager’s or a director’s smartphone.’

In Tomsk oblast, the telehandler was driven by an operator from Letyazhye farming enterprise. In Novosibirsk oblast, it was operated by an employee of Sibirskaya Niva. The viewers observed that the 3.5-year experience of operating a similar loader allowed the operator to show the machine in all its glory. The performance capabilities of the hydraulic system of the JCB telehandlers enable them to carry out as many as three tasks simultaneously: for example, raising and extending the boom while tipping the bucket over, thus saving working cycles and resulting in a considerable efficiency boost.

Farm feats

Upon request of the potential owners, the telehandler accomplished various tasks.

A fully-loaded grain truck with the capacity of 32 tonnes was unloaded within 25 minutes at Spas farming enterprise (Tomsk oblast). For comparison: without a JCB loader, the same operation at the same enterprise takes up around three hours. Besides, it took the telehandler two hours to clean out and sweep the silage pits and another three hours to remove the accumulated manure.

At Krutishinskoye farming enterprise (Novosibirsk oblast), the JCB 536-70 Agri Super loaded dozens of tonnes of black soil from a landfill site and a similar amount of manure within a single day. The work was so well-coordinated that the tippers loaded to the brim worked with no downtime.

The representatives of Karasevskoye farming enterprise (Novosibirsk oblast) chose clay excavation for testing. Twenty-one KamAZ-fulls of clay was loaded and hauled away within 2.5 hours. Sales managers of EkoNivaSibir observed that if they had known about the task in advance, they would have brought a special tooth bucket for construction works to improve the performance still further.

A horse pen and a part of a sheep pen was cleaned out at Aleksandrovka farming association (Novosibirsk oblast). Following the results of the demo, the telescopic handler found its new home at the enterprise.

‘We’ve been thinking about buying the loader for a while, it just took us a long time to find the financing’, says Vladimir Mul, Director of Aleksandrovka. ‘We purchased two buckets (2.5 m3 and 1 m3) additionally because the telescopic handler is going to be used for various applications.  Predominantly, though, it will be loading grain. We have approximately 9,000 ha of farmland, on which we produce 150 tonnes of grain annually. The grain has to be handled several times. We have settled on automating the process to avoid multiple operations during loading and fill a whole KamAZ at once instead. Many other applications in livestock farming (cleaning the stalls, loading forages) and in construction (filling the road with gravel, sand or soil; material handling) are also in store for the telescopic handler.’