6 December 1996

Pivot steer loader goes on show but its not yet for sale

Last weeks Smithfield Show must go down as one of the busiest in recent times. Andy Collings, Andrew Faulkner and Peter Hill continue their review of the new machines on show

A NEW pivot steer telescopic loader first saw the light of day at Smithfield – but its not for sale yet. Visitors were treated to a preview of JCBs TM 270 Telemaster.

Raw statistics of the 270 amount to a lift height of 5m (16ft 5in) with a maximum load of 2.7t. Power is supplied by a turbocharged Perkins engine rated at 106hp driving through a 4×4 electrically-operated powershift transmission and torque converter. Max road speed is nearly 35kph.

Fitted with a two door cab and what JCB describes as ergonomically-positioned controls, one of the new machines most endearing features is the degree of all round vision afforded by the low pivot height of the boom.

Bearing in mind the now-old adage: "telescopic loaders would be OK if they didnt need a boom", JCB has clearly struggled to obtain the best compromise between vision and loader ability.

Available next spring, the price of the TM 270 has yet to be finalised.

Sneak preview for show-goers of the new JCB TM 270 pivot steer loader.