Bobcat has announced a new 7.5 metre/4.3 tonne telehandler, the TL43.80HF offering a little more capacity without sacrificing the relatively compact dimension of machines in this product sector.
The new machine features a tough two section boom with a maximum forward reach of four metres, a box frame chassis, low centre of gravity, long wheel base and a large rear counterweight. Dimensions are typical for a 7.5 metre/4,000kg machine, with an overall width of 2.3 metres, and an overall length from rear bumper to fork face of five metres and a turning radius of 3.71 metres.
The machine features new heavy duty Dana Spicer axles with limited slip differentials, standard boom cushioning, a speed limiter system that controls speed regardless of the engine speed. Power comes from a Bobcat Stage IV/T4f diesel or where permitted a Perkins Sage IIIA/T3, while bobcat says that the standard Eco mode can provide fuel savings of up to 15 percent.
We do not have a full specification sheet yet, but on the surface this looks like a decent and very competent machine that offers a little more lift capacity than the typical 4,000 to 4,100kg that is typical with 7.1 to 7.5 metre models from JCB or Manitou.
While the addition of another model to the Bobcat range will please Bobcat dealers and customers, it does not appear to offer anything significantly radical, that would help it win market share from the main players in the market.