A successor for the JCB 5508, the JCB Telehandler 550-170 Loadall was introduced in 2005 by JCB. The 550-170 is the biggest of JCB’s 14 Loadall telescopic tool carriers, available in various sizes. The low boom design boosts strength, which results in an on-grade breakout force of 11,000 pounds thanks to the low boom arrangement. The unit’s boom is powered by twin extension cylinders that have been put through rigorous testing to assure long-term reliability.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 100-horsepower JCB Dieselmax engine is situated transversely on the right side of the chassis. It is housed beneath a cylinder-assisted, swing-up engine compartment, a first for the industry. A JCB four-speed power-shift transmission combines the torque converter and gearbox into a single device installed on the tractor.

The telehandler unit also has JCB epicyclic hub reduction drive/steer axles with Max-Trac torque proportioning differentials manufactured by the company. The front and back axles are each equipped with self-adjusting multi-disc service brakes. Similarly, the parking brake is a disc brake that is actuated by hand and located on the transmission’s output. The machine is controlled by a single multifunction joystick, with the possibility of a tri-control being offered as an additional option. With the back window’s ability to open and shut, operators may easily alter the surroundings.

Design, Functionality, and JCB Quality

Standard auxiliary hydraulics are included, and with the choice of extra auxiliary services, the machine may be equipped with a broad range of power-driven attachments. Additionally, the JCB 550-170 is compatible with the Assetcare equipment protection package. This program protects equipment owners against unexpected failure for up to five years. The JCB telehandler 550-170 is a full-sized 4-stage telescopic handler with a long reach designed and developed following our Efficient Design philosophy. It is powered by our award-winning new EcoMAX engine and is housed in a chassis that has been developed for load-bearing and structural stability.

The JCB 550-170 all-new EcoMAX engine complies with Tier 4 Final regulations without requiring a large diesel particulate filter (DPF). This results in improved visibility, lower operating costs, and increased uptime. The 109hp (81kW) engine is equipped with a variable-speed cooling fan to enhance output even further.

Telehandler Specification

  • Height: 8.83 ft
  • Length: 20.87 ft
  • Width: 8.01 ft
  • Operating weight: 26810 lb

Engine type: turbocharged, 2200rpm

Vehicle type: Loadall

Fuel Capacity / Gas Tank Size: 33 gal

JCB Telehandler 550-170

JCB TELEHANDLER 550-170 — Owner’s Manual

Customers who purchased a JCB TELEHANDLER 550-170 received an owner’s manual that explained how to perform routine maintenance and repairs. Following the owner’s manual instructions allowed me to utilize all of the vehicle’s capabilities.

  • Safety
  • Maintenance
  • Chassis
  • Engine
  • Drive and Transmission
  • Electrical
  • Wiring

Although the JCB Telehandler Operators Manual contains additional operational ideas that may assist the driver in operating the vehicle more easily, these are the most important to be aware of when operating the vehicle.

Unmatched Versatility

When it comes to maneuverability, the 550-170 Loadall is unrivaled; the short wheelbase and broad steering lock angles allow you to save crucial time when traveling to and from job sites. Construction Loadall models are available in various configurations, with JCB’s new efficient EcoMAX T4i motor producing its power and torque at low engine speeds for excellent responsiveness. Our wide range of Construction Loadall models ensures that you will find the ideal machine for your needs. Because of the low boom profile and low boom pivot on the 550-170, this machine has a good rearward view.

It comes equipped with 4WD, which allows you to keep plenty of traction and performance even while driving through soft, muddy conditions. Therefore, foot brake may also be equipped with an optional transmission dump to provide excellent multi-functioning while loading or re-handling.

Vertical Integration Strategy is concerned with ensuring that the engine, gearbox, hydraulic rams, and cab of each new telescopic handler operate in perfect unison with one another. As a result, these critical components have been engineered by JCB to provide the least amount of compromise while providing the highest level of performance.

The 550-170 Loadall also features three different steer modes that may be selected. Among the options are a two-wheel steer, which is good for highway driving at high speeds; a four-wheel steer, which is perfect for operating in small places; and a crab steer, which is ideal for moving close to walls and structures.