One example of the new five-model range will be collecting wrapped bales with a grab from the JCB AGRI range of attachments, while a second is on static display so that farmers and contractors at ScotGrass can inspect the features and try out the new cab for themselves.
The new handlers have up to 200kg of extra lift capacity over their predecessors and a distinctive new identity – but it’s the Command Plus cab that rightly gets star billing because of its new design, with a windscreen that sweeps up from a low scuttle to beyond the operator’s head for unrivalled visibility forwards, to either side and upwards to a raised attachment.
Remarkably, the cab is 50% quieter than the previous design as JCB engineers have focused on operator comfort during long working days; an approach also reflected in the JCB Driver’s Command Position philosophy that informed the seating and control layout for maximum comfort and efficiency.
Control design, function and positioning will be familiar from other machines in JCB’s agricultural products, such as the wheeled loaders and Fastrac tractors, with rocker switches giving way to clusters of durable rubber membrane switches, mostly located alongside the joystick.
A traditional instrument panel is replaced by a tablet-like instrument display that ‘floats’ in front of the right-hand cab pillar where it is positioned in the operator’s line of sight without detracting from the view ahead.
Safe communications are encouraged by a dedicated mobile phone holder positioned where it can be used for satellite navigation guidance and for hands-free calls using the Bluetooth connection, a microphone integrated in the right hand cab pillar cladding and two speakers behind the operator.
There are more storage places, including a lift-out bin behind the air suspension seat, and a 10% increase in cab ventilation airflow volume to help maintain a comfortable, even temperature, plus ‘auto defrost’ to clear all windows of condensation or frost 66% faster than before so that early morning starts can get underway at the earliest opportunity.