Two Compact Loaders for Big Work in Confined Spaces
JCB’s loader heritage dates back to the 1940s with the Major Loader. Today, the company offers seven wheel loader models in North America and numerous configurations. The JCB range includes two compact models, the 407 and the 409. Both JCB compact wheel loader models are powered by Tier 4 Final-compliant JCB Diesel by Kohler engines that require no DEF or DPF for improved availability and reduced operating costs. Additionally, JCB compact wheel loaders feature hydrostatic transmissions, all-wheel drive, pivot steer, ground clearance and low height over cab.
JCB says its compact wheel loaders are designed with extensive customer input and consequently appeal to those who prioritize safety, efficiency, ease of use, ease of maintenance, productivity, performance, reliability and comfort. With a compact footprint and tight turning radius, the JCB 407 and 409 are well suited for construction sites, landscaping supply yards, agricultural settings and other material handling applications within confined worksites. Available high speed and high-flow hydraulic options also ensure the suitability of JCB compact wheel loaders for worksites that require more travel between tasks or the use of larger, power-hungry attachments.
The 409 is Tier 4 compliant using only a DOC, while low-rev power and torque means good fuel economy. Dimensions are compact for small turning circles. A variable speed engine crank-driven cooling fan maintains optimum fan speed for all requirements without using any excess engine power. The company offers several axle options on the JCB 409, including open diffs for hard ground and limited slip diffs for soft muddy terrain. The company’s 100 percent switchable front axle diff lock option provides traction on mud and creates no shear forces, so it won’t damage the ground when it’s not in use. It can also be engaged on the move and under load.
The JCB 407 wheel loader can be equipped with an immobilizer option, which can help prevent theft from your fleet. Access steps are complemented by well positioned handles so that operators have three points of contact whenever they’re entering or exiting the JCB 407’s cab. With no exhaust aftertreatment, the JCB Diesel by Kohler engines are compact for visibility. The sloping rear hood provides an unimpeded view, with the exhaust silencer and air intake filter both packaged out of sight. The JCB 407 even has a cyclonic pre-filter which maximizes air filtration and significantly extends filter service intervals. JCB’s available LiveLink telematics system provides operators with remote access to access important machine status information such as running times and error alerts.
Advice to Buyers
“A machine that’s easy to maintain will more likely be maintained, so buyers should check for easy access to fill points, filters and cooling packs,” says Rupert Bradley, product manager for wheel loaders at JCB North America. “Simplicity is equally important in the cab. JCB cabs, for example, put the controls within easy reach of the operator, and floor to roof glass provides excellent visibility.”