This is Teleskid: Check out JCB’s new half skid steer, half telehandler before its official ConExpo launch

Updated Mar 6, 2017
TS3-8T Teleskid compact track loader Photo credit: Still from video posted by YouTube Craig WilliamsTS3-8T Teleskid compact track loader Photo credit: Still from video posted by YouTube Craig Williams

JCB has been in the headlines quite a bit lately with announcements on a switch to Rolls-Royce engines in its largest excavators and an entry into the aerial lift market that the company was able to keep quiet for two years while 27 initial models were in development. Now, the British manufacturer is preparing to launch a new machine at ConExpo next month that it is billing as a wholly different take on the skid steer/compact track loader.

According to a trademark applied for by JCB in July 2016 and awarded in January, this new machine lineup will be called Teleskid. If that name isn’t enough of a clue what makes these new machines special, the Teleskid lineup consists of skid-steer and compact track loaders equipped with an extendable boom. It’s basically half skid steer, half telehandler and a hybrid machine idea similar to Caterpillar’s release last year of the 304.5E2 XTC, a compact excavator with skid steer capabilities.

TS3-8W Teleskid skid steer. Photo credit: YouTube video posted by YES JCBTS3-8W Teleskid skid steer. Photo credit: YouTube video posted by YES JCB

The official status on the Teleskid is in a bit of an in-between state. JCB is holding off on a formal introduction of this machine until ConExpo and until then representatives with the company are keeping quiet in terms of releasing all the details. However, several U.S. dealerships have already received Teleskid inventory and are promoting the machines complete with key specs on their websites and in various YouTube videos.

While we may find out at ConExpo that the lineup consists of more models, we’ve only got confirmation of two Teleskid models according to info posted on Wisconsin-based dealer YES JCB’s website. Those are the TS3-8W skid steer and the TS3-8T compact track loader. YES JCB reports that both machines are powered by 74-horsepower JCB EcoMAX Tier 4 Final engines that do not require a DPF filter or DEF fluid.

At 50 percent of tipping load, the skid steer is rated at a capacity of 3,208 pounds with the boom retracted and 1,347 pounds with the boom extended. At 35 percent of tipping load, the CTL capacity is rated at 3,695 pounds with the boom retracted and 1,614 pounds with the boom extended.

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Both models have a height to hinge pin of 10 feet, 6 inches while the boom is retracted. When you extend the boom, height to hinge pin increases to 13 feet, 3 inches on the skid steer and to 13 feet, 2 inches on the CTL, according to YES’s specs.

The Teleskid machines are also equipped with a new version of JCB’s QuickHitch quick coupler system that has been “redesigned to protect internal components and add strength,” according to the YES JCB video the dealer posted to YouTube demonstrating the capabilities of the new models. In this video, YES also notes that the Teleskid machines use high-flow hydraulics for work when the boom is retracted and switches to standard hydraulics when the boom is extended.

Thanks to the Teleskid’s 6 feet, 3 inches of forward reach, YES says these machines can load a trailer from one side. In the run-up to the official ConExpo unveiling, JCB North America has confirmed that detail and added a few others through a series of “Question” videos posted to YouTube saying that “Soon you can…” do the following tasks with the Teleskid:

♦  Load and unload an 8-foot trailer from one side

♦  Stack bales 13 feet high

♦  Reach over a silt fence without running into it

♦  Reach a second stack of pallets over the first

♦  Set a pallet on the second floor of a structure and then grade a jobsite

We’ll be posting a follow-up report on the Teleskid from ConExpo with more details and a closer look at this hybrid compact loader. Until then you can check out this demo of the compact track loader posted to YouTube by user Craig Williams.