- Continuing with its numerous product launches Bobcat has just introduced a new range of R-Series telehandlers for agriculture
- Seven models make up the new range including compact models TL26.60, TL30.60 and TL30.70 and large models TL35.70, TL34.65HF, TL38.70HF and TL43.80HF
The new telehandlers are all powered with Stage V engines the new telescopic loaders cover maximum lifting capacities between 2.6 and 4.3 tonnes with lifting heights from 6 to 8m.
In the new R-Series telescopic loaders, Bobcat has retained the box-welded frame design with steel plate protection at the base of the machine.
This box frame design protects the transmission and hydraulics, and the machine’s very low centre of gravity ensures exceptional work stability. Thanks to the combination of well-balanced machines, a low centre of gravity, a heavy counterweight and a long wheelbase, Bobcat R-Series telescopic loaders can handle heavy loads at any height, easily and safely.
Access to the engine compartment has also been improved, enabling easier maintenance. Under the hood, R-Series telescopic loaders are powered by new upgraded versions of the Bobcat D34 Stage V engine, utilising DPF after-treatment, which is automatically regenerated with no impact on performance and no disturbance for operators.
The main focus on the new models is the redesigned cab with better operator access and control layout. A new Grammer Maximo Dynamic air suspension seat with heating, featuring a suspended armrest with joystick is also a feature.
The new LCD colour display provides interactive and streamlined information and is available with a larger 7 inch touch screen with built-in radio and a phone page that allows the operator to dial their contacts instantly.
For increased safety and easier manoeuvring, the feed from the rear camera is displayed on the display as soon as reverse gear is engaged and the right hand side electric mirror can also be quickly adjusted from the cab. As a final touch, a full LED light pack gives 360° visibility and turns night into day for the operator.
The new Job Manager functionality allows the operator to save and recall custom settings for different attachments or applications to quickly work with the best machine settings such as auxiliary flows in/out, boom speeds, auto grab, creep or reverse fan timing.
To fully exploit the high productivity of Bobcat R-Series telescopic loaders, the operator can quickly shift from smooth drive to Dynamic drive where more rapid machine performance is required, with faster forward and backward shifting and more rapid acceleration and deceleration phases.
The Flex Drive mode uses the hand throttle to bring a new dimension to driving the telehandler, with the forward speed managed independently from the engine speed with the right pedal and no need to play with the left inching pedal in the approach phase.
A new fourth mode called ‘semi-crab’ allows the operator to keep the rear wheels in a desired position and to steer the machine with the front wheels. This new mode simplifies cleaning alongside the walls of animal stalls and when working in silage pits.
New boom functions include Max Lift angle which allows the operator to set the desired max boom angle to limit the working area at height. This feature helps to prevent collisions when working in low ceiling buildings.
The Return to Ground function means the operator sets the desired work position (angle of the boom retracted). As the boom is lowered, it self-retracts and stops when the memorized position is reached. This feature allows the operator to start working more quickly and avoids damaging the ground or attachment.
And Auto Grab, which means there is no need for the operator to keep their thumb on the roller to open or close the grapple bucket or any kind of clamp attachment. Instead, the operator simply needs to over-press the roller and the action is carried out automatically.
As with all new Bobcat telescopic loaders, the R-Series offers customers peace of mind with a 3-year warranty (or 3000 hours) on the entire machine as standard from the factory, extendable to 5 years and 5000 hours.