MACHINERY giant JCB has launched a new ultra-compact wheeled loader, boasting double the power of the current model.

The JCB 403 Plus mirrors the size and layout of the current 25 hp (19 kW) 403 Smart Power, but draws on a 50 hp (36 kW) engine and 60 l/min hydraulics. JCB says that, despite its small size, the 403 Plus packs a real punch for unmatched productivity in confined locations.

Features of the JCB 403 Plus include: new fuel-saving JCB Autostop engine idle shut-down; new JCB LiveLink telemetry to monitor machine condition; choice of 12 mph and 18 mph transmissions; patented design parallel-action high-torque or high-lift loader arms; and full-feature cab, semi-glazed rigid canopy or low-height fold-down frame.

John Smith, JCB Agriculture managing director, said: “The 403 is by far the smallest machine in our market-leading range of agricultural wheeled loaders, but the new Plus version has a power-to-weight ratio equivalent to our biggest machines.

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“Its small size and nimble manoeuvrability make it ideal for work in and around buildings and it’s also a very ‘grown up’ machine with a proven powertrain incorporating heavy-duty axles and optional 100 per cent locking diffs front and rear.

“A fully equipped cab with an interior that matches the high standards of design, fit and finish of our bigger loaders completes the package; it’s a great addition to our range and one that emphasises the breadth of choice of agricultural materials handling machines offered by JCB as the market leader in this area.”

JCB also recently announced that the new Stage V versions of its mid-range agri wheeled loaders will benefit from a package of upgrades.

The JCB 411 Agri, 413S Agri and 417 Agri are now powered by the latest 4.8-litre JCB Dieselmax four-cylinder engine, which features the JCB Autostop system to help operators reduce overall fuel consumption by automatically shutting down after a period at idling speed.

John Smith added: “As part of our ongoing loader development programme, these highly productive machines get a number of features that enhance their performance or improve the operator’s comfort and ease of operation.”

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