Friday, 19 February 2021 12:55

Loaded with more grunt

Written by  Staff Reporters
The JCB 403 Plus delivers the same dimensions and layout of the current 403 Smart Power but has more grunt. The JCB 403 Plus delivers the same dimensions and layout of the current 403 Smart Power but has more grunt.

A new ultra-compact wheeled loader from JCB offers double the power of the current model.

The JCB 403 Plus delivers the same dimensions and layout of the current 403 Smart Power but features a 50hp engine and 60L/min hydraulic system to tackle more demanding work, meaning it packs a punch in tight yards, small buildings or other restricted locations.

Measuring 1.10m on narrow tyres, the JCB 403 Plus packs in a 1.7L engine is fitted with the JCB Autostop system, to shut down the engine if left idling for a time, to avoid unnecessary fuel use.

The model’s hydrostatic transmission is available in 20km/h or 30km/h versions, matched to a 60L/min hydraulic gear pump that provides oil for the articulated chassis steering, lift arms and front-end attachments. An auxiliary circuit for attachments, can also provide constant flow to drive a hydraulic motor, controlled using a lever valve or optional electric control on the loader’s joystick.

Lift arm sizes include the standard version, with a load-over height of 2.6m, or an extended option, which takes load-over height to 2.8m, so is better suited for stacking and loading.

Daily checks are said to be quick and easy, via a one-piece hood that opens rearwards to give access to the air filter, battery, fluid reservoirs and electrical systems. Together with the cooling system, these components are all protected by a cast counterweight.

A new towing option is available with clevis and 50mm ball hitches, both with a capacity of 750kg. Tyre options include narrow fitments to reduce overall width, which can also be “flipped” for a wider stance, alongside a wider choice of agricultural tread patterns and sizes for better traction.

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