Bobcat launches new range of rigid frame telehandlers

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A new range of rigid frame telehandlers has just been announced by Bobcat for the construction and rental industries. Manufactured at the company’s plant at Pontchâteau (Loire Atlantique) in France, Bobcat is offering 11 new telehandler models for the construction/rental markets covering maximum lifting capacities between 2.6 and 4.1 tonne with lifting heights from 6 to 18 m.

For markets such as Europe, where emissions are highly regulated, the new Bobcat D34 Stage IV/Tier 4 Final compliant diesel engine has been developed in-house.

The Bobcat D34 Stage IV engine has been developed and manufactured internally specifically for use in the company’s new generation Stage IV rigid frame telehandlers for highly regulated markets in EMEA. This has resulted in optimised performance throughout the range. The compactness of the D34 engine, combined with a new styled low profile engine hood improves visibility on the engine side, which is important for material handling applications.

The Stage IV engine is available in two different sizes:

– A 55.2 kW (75 HP) engine model offering cost efficient operation, without Diesel Engine Fluid (DEF) injection and involving only a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) as an after-treatment technology.

– A 74.5 kW (100 HP) model for heavy operations, with DOC and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) with DEF injection after-treatment technologies.

These engines share the same electronic fuel injection, High Pressure Common Rail technology, turbo-charged air management and Cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation for lower emissions and do not require the use of Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) technology.

The new generation telehandlers also incorporate several new features such as an automatic parking brake with an intuitive operation similar to those used in the automotive industry, providing greater safety and control.

The ECO system is actuated simply by pressing a button on the dashboard and maintains optimum hydraulic performance without using the engine’s full power, adjusting the main machine features to produce a balance between top performance and providing the best performance/fuel consumption ratio. Construction companies and rental customers will appreciate this feature for the additional fuel savings it provides, combined with the excellent lifting capacities on Bobcat telehandlers.

As well as the automatic parking brake and the ECO mode, the advanced features include an optional air dual suspension seat, an optional auto fan inversion, a rotating beacon/back-up alarm as standard and cushion retract on the three TL models. The new optional fan system with automatic inversion is electronically controlled to adjust rotation speed depending on the temperature, which results in energy savings.

From their comfortable mechanical or air suspension seat, the operator is provided with an ergonomic array of machine controls all within easy reach and including a forward/reverse (FNR) control button on the joystick; a digital display; an adjustable steering wheel and an integrated airflow solution.

The new range is designated using a new naming system showing lifting capacity/lifting height performance at a glance. For example, the TL26.60 has a lifting weight of 26kg and and height of nearly 6m.

The range is as follows:

The TL26.60 and TL30.60 compact telescopic loaders

The TL35.70, T35.105, T35.105L and T36.120SL middle lift telehandlers

The T35.130S and T35.140S rental industry-oriented telehandlers

The T35.130SLP, T41.140SLP and T40.180SLP high lift telehandlers

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