JCB wheeled loaders, skid-steer loaders and Loadall telescopic ha-ndlers are a familiar sight on livestock and arable farms tackling a wide range of materials handling duties.
But for County Down farmer Robert Malcolmson, it’s a JCB
4CX backhoe-loader – a mach-ine more commonly seen on construction projects – that provides a versatile handling, loading and digging machine for his 65-acre cattle farm.
He is so convinced of the machine’s usefulness and ver-satility that he has just taken delivery of a brand new 4CX PRO, the latest model with Stage V emissions compliance, and put it straight to work on a range of duties; it is the first example of this new model in Northern Ireland.
Mr Malcolmson said: “I’ve been
driving JCB machines for over 40 years and have owned several of my own. The latest JCB Stage V 4CX PRO is a very, very good machine.
“I’ll be using it for all my farming work: feeding cattle, lifting bales, erecting fencing and silage handling using a range of different attachments. It’s performing well, is easy to move between sites and it suits me down to the ground.”
Supplied by Templepatrick-based Dennison JCB, long-standing JCB customer Mr Mal-
colmson is set to capitalise on a machine which brings lower emissions, better off road performance, greater fuel efficiency and faster travel times.
Launched earlier this year, the JCB Stage V 4CX PRO boasts all-wheel steer for increased all-terrain performance, new JCB Automate features which make it easier to use and boost productivity and a new six-speed Ecoroad powertrain that can cut travel time and fuel use by up to 25 per cent – perfect for operators that spend a lot of time on the road.
The JCB Stage V 4CX PRO’s Auto Drive feature allows the operator to automatically main-tain a set engine speed when roading.
The PRO range also features the Ecoroad six-speed Autoshift transmission that can cut travel time and fuel use by up to 25 per cent for operators that spend a lot of time on the road. All powershift transmissions are now standard with JCB’s TorqueLock direct drive sys-tem.
A host of new standard features have been integrated into the PRO backhoe loaders, including rear light guards, front bumpers, return to dig, shovel clam ram guards, high-flow loader auxiliary pipework and the loader Auto Smooth Ride System arm suspension system.