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US Army orders JCB forklifts

6th January 2017 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


JCB will deliver over 1,600 light-capability rough terrain forklifts to the US Army under a $142 million contract announced on 5 January.

The new 527-58M forklift, which is based on JCB’s commercial telescopic handlers, will be used for a variety of tasks including loading and unloading aircraft and shipping containers.

The forklifts are powered by the 84hp (63kW) JCB DieselMax engine. The 2m wide/1.98m high vehicle is designed to work in confined spaces. With a travel speed of 20mph the machine has a maximum lift capacity of over 5,000lbs and a lift height of 19ft, and can undertake wading and fording.

Graeme Macdonald, CEO of JCB, said: ‘This order is fantastic news for JCB and a great way to start the new year. It is the second-highest-value order in the company’s history, and I congratulate everyone who has worked to secure this valuable contract in the same year that we mark 40 years of telescopic handler production.’

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