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JCB apprentices build one-of-a-kind loadall to celebrate anniversary

A telescopic loadall handler has been built entirely by JCB's 68 apprentices.

The stylish machine was unveiled in the visitor centre at the JCB World HQ during National Apprenticeship Week.

Learners from JCB sites across the country have played their part in building the iconic loadall, a machine which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and which revolutionised the lifting and placing of loads on farms and construction sites when it was introduced.

Over 200,000 Loadalls have been sold since its launch in 1977, but none as unique as this one, which will eventually be auctioned off for charity.

Co-ordinated by JCB Training, apprentices from the World HQ in Rocester, Staffs, and as far afield as JCB Transmissions in Wrexham and JCB Power Systems in Derbyshire all played their part.

 

JCB Transmissions manufactured the axles and gearbox; JCB Power Systems manufactured and built the engine; the Hydraulics Business Unit (HBU) built the lift, extension, tilt and displacement rams; JCB Cab Systems in Rugeley supplied the cab and JCB Marketing came up with the colour scheme and promoted the initiative at various events. All parts were assembled at the JCB World HQ to build the Loadall Agri Pro machine.

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