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JCB Telehandlers

Supplier: JCB Construction Equipment Australia

An investment by RTL six months ago in some JCB construction equipment is already paying dividends in the Latrobe Valley, 150 kms east of Melbourne.


RTL Reaps Benefits From JCB Telehandlers

RTL, a joint venture between Roche Mining, Thiess and Linfox is involved in a variety of major projects at Loy Yang Power, Yallourn Energy and Hazelwood Power. As part of a fleet upgrade, it took delivery of two JCB 520-40 Telehandlers, a JCB 170 Robot Skid Steer and a JCB 718 Articulated Dump Truck supplied by Construction Equipment Australia.

Chris Shepherd, a project manager with RTL, said the Telehandlers have many advantages over the machines they replaced.


  • “They travel quite quickly which enables us to transfer goods more easily around the mine, while their flexibility makes them well suited for a variety of tasks.”
  • “Given the nature of the sites on which we work them, their manoeuvrability is another advantage when working in tight situations.”

RTL workshop supervisor, Joe Debnam said the decision to buy the JCB side entry Skid Steer has eliminated two problems they have experienced with front entry units.

“With other machines our operators had to climb over the bucket to enter the cabin from the front. There was always the possibility that, in wet conditions, an operator could slip while climbing up into the cabin,” Debnam said. “The other problem we experienced was operators raising the bucket before closing the front door. We lost a few doors that way, but neither of those problems can occur with the JCB Skid Steer.”

The JCB articulated dump truck is being utilised by RTL in clean up and maintenance activities around the mine.

“Smaller and more manoeuvrable than our larger dump trucks, the JCB unit carries a payload of 16 tonnes and is very stable in the wet, muddy conditions.”