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JCB Wheel Loaders to Benefit From Fuel-Saving Ecomax Engine

JCB looks ahead and launches the next generation of wheel loaders.

Wed June 26, 2013 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

JCB has launched two new compact wheel loaders — the 411 and 417. The machines will be powered by the highly-efficient, low-emission JCB Ecomax diesel engine, delivering lower fuel consumption, less noise and greater productivity. The two machines, which share the same chassis and cab structures, will use the EPA Tier IV Interim (TierIVi) standard 4.4-L Ecomax engine offering 125 hp (93 kW) in the 417 and 91 hp (68 kW) in the 411.

Features of the new machines include:

• Low-emission Ecomax diesel engines

• Larger operator’s cab with improved ergonomics

• New high-lift arm option on the 417 for increased versatility

• Improved lift capacity

• Clutch disconnect on service brake pedal for lower fuel consumption

Next Generation Wheeled Loaders

The 417 (which replaces the previous 416) and the revised 411 adopt the new generation appearance, with a new single-piece hood for service access and visibility. Other improvements include a completely redesigned cab with a new full-color LCD monitor and an intuitive menu system that provides a wide range of real-time information for the operator.

Fuel consumption and cycle time data can be displayed, allowing operators to adapt their driving style to optimize machine productivity and efficiency. The cab benefits from reduced noise levels, and for the first time on machines of this size, JCB will offer full climate control air conditioning as an option.

Ecomax Low-Emission Performance

The 417 will use a 125 hp version of JCB’s Ecomax Tier IV Interim engine. This drives through a ZF four-speed transmission to JCB axles front and rear, with a transmission disconnect feature incorporated into the service brake pedal delivering further fuel-saving benefits. The engine gains 15 percent greater fuel efficiency compared with the previous Dieselmax engine without any loss of digging and loading performance, lowering operating costs for customers. The 411 also will benefit from improved fuel efficiency with the 91 hp version of JCB’s Ecomax Tier IVi engine.

The most significant customer benefit is the fact that the Ecomax engine achieves Tier IVi requirements without the need for any form of exhaust after-treatment. There is no need for a costly diesel particulate filter (DPF), diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) or exhaust fluid or selective catalytic reduction (SCR). This allows JCB to install the Tier IVi engine in a compact loader design with no negative effect on visibility from the cab and no requirement for larger cooling packs or expensive additional maintenance.

Operating weights have been increased slightly to 21,100 lbs. (9,571 kg) for the 417 and 18,000 lbs. (8,164 kg) for the 411 to cope with increased digging forces and lifting performance. The 417 will be available with a high-lift-arm loader configuration, joining the existing standard and super-high-lift arms available on the previous machine and on the 411. This third loader arm option offers a pin height of 12.5-ft. (3.8 m) with a dump height of 9.6-ft. (2.9 m), compared with the standard lift arm pin height of 12-ft. (3.6 m) and the dump height of 9-ft. (2.7 m) when equipped with a 2.1 cu. yds. (1.6 cu m) bucket.

The 411 is available with both standard and super-high-lift loader configurations, with the standard arms offering a pin height of 11.4-ft. (3.5 m) and a dump height of 8.4-ft. (2.5 m) when using a 1.5 cu. yds. (1.2 cu m) bucket.

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