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Video: JCB light capability rough-terrain forklift

British equipment manufacturer and backhoe and telehandler pioneer JCB starts the second largest order in its history

JCB has secured a $142m deal to supply the US Army with a fleet of 1,600 light-capability rough-terrain telehandlers in the second largest order by value in the British company’s 71-year history.

The specialised 527-58M forklift, or telehandler, is engineered from JCB’s range of commercial Loadall telescopic handlers – a range which this year celebrates 40 years in production.

At two metres wide and 78 inches high, the military spec 527-58M is optimised to work in confined spaces. With a travel speed of 33kph, the machine has a maximum lift capacity of more than 2.26 tonnes and a lift height of 5.8 metres.

The 527-58M is also adapted to the operational needs for wading and fording, and will be powered by the 84hp (63kW) JCB DieselMax engine produced at JCB Power Systems in Derbyshire, UK.

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