JCB unveil updated Wastemaster wheel loaders
Company upgrades 457, 437 and 427 models to meet EU Stage V changes
JCB have updated their 457, 437 and 427 Wastemaster loading shovels to meet the upcoming Stage V emissions legislation. The newly revised JCB Wastemasters feature a Cummins diesel engine that delivers an increase in engine power and reductions in both emissions and fuel consumption.
The biggest of the Wastemaster wheel loaders – the 457 – has had its power output boosted from 192kW (258hp) to 210kW (282hp), while the 437 unit now comes with 145kW (195hp), up from 136kW (183hp), and the 427’s engine delivers 123kW (165hp).
When lighter duties are being undertaken, the output of the engines can be reduced, thanks to the machines’ two power modes which are activated by the operator from the cab. In addition, the Wastemasters are supplied with a five-speed Powershift transmission as standard, in place of the previous four-speed unit.
Because the loaders are able to operate both in low-power mode and with optimised efficiency through the use of better-spaced transmission ratios, fuel consumption is reduced. The Stage V 457 Wastemaster, for example, is up to 10% more fuel efficient than the model it replaces.
To optimize on-site safety, the machines’ forward speed can be restricted (if required), while other safety options include: a roof-mounted forward-facing camera; proximity sensors that alert the operator to any obstructions to the rear of the loader; and seat belt beacons that flash when the operator seat belt is not engaged.
The upgraded Wastemaster wheel loaders are offered with a choice of smooth non-traction or semi-solid tyres to eliminate the problems caused when waste products become embedded in a tyre’s tread pattern.
Extensive guarding has also been fitted on the JCB loaders, notably underbelly protection for the transmission and driveline, to ensure that machinery uptime is maximized even in the most hostile working environments.