Bobcat has announced the launch of its new generation R-Series telehandler range for the Middle East, Africa, Russia and CIS markets, providing a choice of 12 models powered by Stage IIIA engines.
Covering the lifting heights from 6 to 18 m with maximum lifting capacities between 2.6 and 4.1 tonnes, these models are the latest phase in Bobcat’s revolutionary ‘Next is Now’ programme, combining innovative product development and diversification with more intelligent, user friendly technologies that reshape how work gets done.
Its new R-Series range of telehandlers include:
• Compact telescopic loaders – TL26.60, TL30.60 and TL30.70;
• Mid-range telehandlers – TL35.70, T35.105, T35.105L and T36.120SL;
• High lift telehandlers – T35.130S, T35.130SLP, T35.140S, T41.140SLP and T40.180SLP.
The new R-Series telehandlers offer agility on demand, with a newly configured transmission system providing enhanced smoothness to carry out the trickiest jobs at height with surgical precision, says Bobcat.
These operations are also facilitated by the combination of the boom positioning system, the new updated, ultra-accurate joystick, the inching function and the improved visibility from the cab.
An enhanced inching pedal design is easier to use and reduces fatigue. A higher engine brake provides a shorter stop distance and increases safety on construction sites. Turtle/rabbit speeds are standard on all models and operated from the joystick, it adds.
Bobcat says uptime was key in construction. Its telehandlers have always had an extra tough design and the new R-Series models build on this reputation, thanks to protective shielding of all vital components in key areas, and the robust frame and boom for working in every possible environment. The shielded design provides protection for hydraulic and electrical components (including the pipes, harness and transmission) and a steel plate protecting the base of the machine. All Bobcat telehandlers have a rigid boom structure and a robust frame with box section layout, it adds.
According to Bobcat, all areas of the R-Series range are designed to inspire full confidence in customers, beginning with the low centre of gravity and well-balanced design of the machines, which also incorporate a heavy counterweight and a long wheelbase.The optimum weight distribution of the new Bobcat telehandlers, with or without the compact stabilisers being employed, also allows operators to safely reach as high and as far as possible while handling heavy loads with the machines, the company says.
On the new R-Series, Gustavo Otero, President, Doosan Bobcat EMEA, says: “Telehandlers are a fundamental asset of our business strategy and key pillar of our ‘Next is Now’ initiative. Our new ground-breaking R-Series offers high-performance, robust machines for maximum uptime with a focus on accurate controls and intuitive operation for tackling any job on the construction site.With these new models and the increased investment in our telehandler business, we are aiming to double the production of Bobcat telehandlers by 2025.”
Pointing out that Bobcat telehandlers were already popular in the MEA region, Otero says: “Our focus is now on boosting the company’s presence and accelerating growth in the region’s construction and rental market with this new generation range. Leveraging the ease of use, safety and reliability of our equipment, we aim to be present on every job site where this kind of equipment is needed.”
Bobcat R-Series telehandlers feature a new cab with unmatched ease of use, designed around the operator, offering a unique central control panel for optimised 360-degree ergonomics. The new high quality, contemporary interior of the cab features stand-out R-Series branding, colours and textures that clearly reflect Bobcat’s DNA.
In the ergonomic design, all surfaces have been optimised to offer increased space and visibility. Bobcat has made it a very simple process for operators to start working immediately on the company’s R-Series telehandlers with key features such as all-in-one joystick with improved ergonomics; intuitive automotive-style controls (backlit keypad, jog-shuttle, levers under steering wheel); interactive 5-inch LCD display; semi-automatic wheel alignment and automatic transmission and parking brake.
Quentin D’Hérouël, Product Manager Telehandlers at Doosan Bobcat, says: “As with all new Bobcat telehandlers, the R-Series offers customers peace of mind with a three-year warranty (or 3,000 hours) on the entire machine as standard from the factory. Bobcat is the only manufacturer to provide a three-year warranty as standard, allowing customers to focus entirely on growing their business without worrying about their machines.”