SAVANNAH, Ga. (February 10, 2010) The successful introduction and popular uptake of a sophisticated hydraulics system and servo-assisted joystick control has encouraged JCB to extend these features to all models in the North American Agri telescopic handler range.

“Introducing this upgrade means that farmers and custom operators buying one of our 2010-Agri telescopic handlers will get extra performance as standard,” JCB agriculture product manager, Ray Bingley said. “And by using the Variflow hydraulic system to its full potential, the customer will also enjoy greater fuel economy and a quieter working environment.”

Until now, the Variflow variable output hydraulics system has only been optional on the 541 version of JCB’s Agri telescopic handlers. With the Agri telescopic range upgrade, Variflow hydraulics comes standard on all versions of the 536-60, 541-70 and 535-95 from Agri to Agri Xtra model variations.

The most obvious advantage of Variflow hydraulics is an increase in the maximum oil flow of 37 gpm, up from 29 gpm on the previous gear pump system.  But because the pump delivers oil on demand and usable flow rates are available at relatively low engine speeds, it also has potential to improve overall efficiency and fuel economy, 30 gpm oil flow is achieved at just 1750 engine rpm.

The JCB Servo joystick control is also now standard specification on all Agri telescopics for 2010.

“Apart from being low effort and easy to use, the Servo joystick incorporates a forward-neutral-reverse selector switch, so the operator can operate the boom with one hand while keeping a firm grip on the steering wheel with the other,” Bingley said. “And since the hydraulic cylinders react in proportion to joystick movement, operators soon find how much easier it is to control the telescopic boom and attachments smoothly and with great precision.”

On Agri and Agri Plus models, the Servo joystick is mounted on the side console, complete with a comfortable rest to support the operator’s arm.

On the 541-70 Agri Xtra, the joystick is mounted on the seat for added comfort and ease of use. It complements the Hi-Flow hydraulic pipe work on this version, which includes larger bore pipes to the lift and tilt rams and auxiliary circuit to deliver faster responses, reduced cycle times and increased productivity.

A new air suspension seat adds to the driver’s comfort on all Agri models. It not only has better suspension for a more comfortable ride over rough ground but also a heating element to help keep the driver warm on cold days. For more information about JCB’s industry-leading equipment for the construction, agriculture, industrial and waste/recycling markets, or to find a dealer near you, call JCB’s North American Headquarters in Savannah at (912) 447-2000 or visit

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