JCB Construction Equipment Australia (CEA) is bringing the smallest telehandler in the JCB range to Australian shores.

The 516-40 combines the features of a skid steer, a wheel loader and forklift into one compact telehandler package.

"This small telehandler achieves its extraordinary versatility because of JCB's revolutionary offset single-spine chassis. Core strength of the machine is under the boom, while the chassis wraps around the cab, meaning the cab can be mounted lower than normal," JCB CEA national product manager for telehandlers, Anthony Lockwood, said.

"This means the whole machine sits lower at 1.8m for improved manoeuvrability and easier, safer cab access. Another plus is that we haven't had to reduce the cab size or performance to achieve these benefits for the operator."

The 516-40 comes with a Tier 3-compliant JCB Diesel by Kohler engine, producing 130Nm of torque at just 1600 rpm. A joystick-mounted shuttle switch offers fast and easy directional control, and the single auxiliary service allows you to operate attachments that require hydraulic power.

"For ultimate traction in soft muddy areas, the 516-40 comes equipped with four-wheel-drive as standard, while a wide range of tyre options helps operators to work in many different environments," Lockwood said.

"Operators can raise 1600kg throughout the lift arc of the boom, up to the full height of 4m. There's also a 1000kg lift capacity at 2m forward reach, making it easy and safe to load or unload trucks of brick or other heavy, packed materials."