First look: JCB’s 514 telehandler designed with Americans in mind
Tom Jackson | June 7, 2013
The new JCB 514 takes heavier loads up to 56 feet in the air and was designed with oil field and wind turbine construction and maintenance in mind.

The new JCB 514 takes heavier loads up to 56 feet in the air and was designed with oil field and wind turbine construction and maintenance in mind.

Two industries that are booming right now in the U.S. and Canada are the oil and gas drilling and wind farm businesses.

With these markets in mind JCB has designed and, as of today, just shipped its first 514 telehandler with 14,000 pounds of capacity and a 56-foot reach for heavy duty pick and place applications. JCB gave Equipment World a first look at the machine at its headquarters in Staffordshire, England.

This isn’t just a 512 with a bit more counterweight, said Edward Lovatt, product marketing manager, Loadall division. First, the tires that come on the machine have a 20 ply rating to take the axle loading that’s associated with a heavier machine.

The bolt-on stabilizer pack is more massive to increase stability. Likewise, with the boom set. The chain-driven boom on the 514 has the same 56-foot reach as the 512 but there’s more material in the inner and outer assemblies to take the increased loads. The chains are also beefed up and give simultaneous extension. The extension cylinder is on the underside of the boom to lower ownership costs by reducing its exposure to damage.

To get to 14,000 pounds of lift capacity, the hydraulic capacity was increased with flow sharing, open center hydraulics for faster cycle times, servo controlled in the cab. The four rams that control the boom are centered to even out pin and bushing wear on both sides.

The 514’s compact wheel base brings increased maneuverability and was achieved through the compact footprint of the 104-horsepower Tier 4 Interim engine. JCB’s 4-cylinder Ecomax engines don’t need a diesel particulate filter to meet emissions regulations and thus gain considerable amount of space at the rear of the engine.

JCB 514 telehandler

The lack of a DPF in the engine bay lowers the profile of the machine and improves visibility.

The engine and transmission assembly are mounted directly on the chassis where they are protected by a solid pod base with steel corners that can be hammered back out if damaged. The low profile engine configuration also improves visibility across the rear three-quarters of the hood.

A good many of the 514s will end up in rental fleets, said Lovatt, and ground level service points will help insure daily checks and service get done.

The entire 514 machine is manufactured by JCB including all the driveline components, axles and powershift transmissions

Rear axle stabilization is standard. The low slung cab enables you to see under the boom during travel for safety. Intuitive control layout, grouped by function, simplify operation especially in the rental market where the machine will be used by many different operators.

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