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Hybrid on-farm material handler

JCB capitalizes on their one-armed skid-steer tech to bring out a machine with a lot more reach - the Teleskid

The skid-steer loader has become a kind of hydraulic toolbox on the farm. This portable power unit is also a great hauler for a number of projects, a forklift, a snow mover, and it takes on more material handling chores every day. Trouble is, the compact size can also bring a reach limit to its work. For farmers that like the size of a skid-steer but want more reach there's a new alternative - the JCB Teleskid.

As Ray Bingley, general manager of ag sales, explains, this new machine fills a gap between the skid-steer and the telehandler. "A skid-steer is limited to what it can reach," he says. "This is a machine that can reach up to 13-feet, but it offers the same capacities as a skid-steer."

JCB has long had a single-arm design for its skid-steer loaders. This makes getting in and out easy, and yet the machines have similar capacities to their two-arm competition. The company is also a pioneer in the telescopic handler business with the first Loadall introduced nearly 40 years ago; the company claims it is the biggest selling telescopic handler in the world. And it was 25 years ago that the company launched the Powerboom one-armed skid-steer loader.

The JCB Teleskid is just that a kind of compact hybrid skid-steer, telehandler that offers a forward reach of 8-feet and a lift height of 13 feet. The lift height is 8% higher than any other skid-steer loader offered.

That added upward, and forward, reach means the machine can stack bales higher, fill bigger mixers and take on a number of extended-reach tasks. Yet the machine has the footprint of a smaller skid-steer popular on a lot of farms. Power comes from a 74 hp JCB Ecomax engine that also meets Tier 4 final standards.

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In this view it's easy to see the single arm, telescoping design of the Teleskid system - available both as a compact track loader and a wheeled skid-steer.

In track configuration, the Teleskid canlift 3,600 pounds; with wheels it can lift 3,100 pounds. At full extension, the trach loader version can lift 1,600 pounds while the wheeled loader has 1,300 pounds of capacity. "This is a very efficient machine," Bingley observes.

Other specs include 24 gpm standard hydraulic flow for operating attachments when fully extended; an SAE/ISO standard quick hitch for using any skid-steer or compact track loader attachment; and a singe point-quick hitch lock and unlock flag for increased visibility.

"The cab on the machine is also more roomy than a standard skid steer," Bingley adds.

The new machine is now available through the JCB dealer network. Learn more at

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