30 June 2000

JD unveils long-awaited telescopic loader range

Scotlands premier agricultural

event – the Royal Highland

Show – took place at its

Edinburgh-based Ingliston

site last week and presented

visitors with volumes of new

machinery developments.

Andy Collings reports

THOSE interested in discovering all that was new in the agricultural machinery industry would not have been disappointed when visiting the Highland Show.

More than a few manufacturers chose the event to launch new equipment, not least John Deere which announced the arrival of the companys long-awaited telescopic loaders.

Built in Germany after no less than two years development, the 3200 and 3400 loaders feature a new frame and boom design, new engine and transmission, cab and operating platform. The company also insists that the new models contain no components from the Matbro design it bought a couple of years ago.

Both models are powered by a rear-mounted JD PowerTech 4.5-litre 100hp block – the same as used in the JD6410 tractor. Transmission comprises a four-speed torque converter with forward and reverse shuttle. Permanent four-wheel drive and four-wheel steer is standard.

In terms of lift capacity, the 3200 is rated at 2.8t to a height of 5.62m, and the 3400 3t to 7.12m. Implements are coupled using a cone-type system which is compatible with JD 4000 series and Matbro attachments.

In the cab, a joystick for raise and crowd control is connected directly to the hydraulic valve block while electro hydraulic control is employed for boom extend and auxiliary hydraulic services.

Due to be available in the UK from September, the price of the 3200 is listed at £34,973 and the 3400 at £37,773.

lThe launch of John Deere telescopic loaders in the US will be welcomed by several other manufacturers – the market for such machines in the agricultural sector is still relatively untapped but must represent a huge potential. &#42

Here at last… John Deere launches the 3200 and 3400 telescopic loaders at the Royal Highland Show.