Case Construction Equipment presented a backhoe loader prototype suitable for wheelchair-bound operators at Bauma 2019.
“As we look to the future, we feel it is vital that Case machines are accessible to all,” said Egidio Galano, Case Compact Product Line director. “What this prototype demonstrates is our continued mission to foster an inclusive community throughout our network of operators, ensuring the needs of the people behind our machines are always catered for.
“Having already been a pioneering player in the creation of the first ever backhoe loader, we are delighted to now offer the next key advancement in machine technology and inclusion.”
The adapted machine features accessible elevator attachments that enable an external seat to be maneuvered into place next to the operator by the control of joysticks.
From there, the individual transfers onto the seat and uses the joysticks to be elevated into the cab, before the seat used to access the cab returns to its starting point.
“Such straightforward controls were crucial to our vision for this prototype. They ensure speedy and convenient access, meaning the operator is entirely self-reliant,” added Galano.
“The external elevator is folded back when not in use, it has no impact on the operation of the backhoe loader and ensures that people of all mobility can use the same machine.”
The accessible backhoe loader can be further enhanced with the inclusion of hand controls within the cab, with operators that are unable to use foot pedals still capable of taking full command of the machine.