Bobcat Company has added two new telehandler models to its offering, the TL723 and TL923, rounding out the R-Series telehandler lineup. The two models feature redesigned comfort cabs, turbo-charged Tier 4 engines and easy-to-access service points.
According to Bobcat, it combined power and nimbleness to create lifting, stacking, backfilling and reaching machines matched for the toughest jobs.
Performance and productivity
The TL923 hydraulic system is designed for faster boom speeds and heavier lifting, providing operators with smoother handling and control when loaded, and faster boom cycle times when empty.The hydraulic lift system provides advanced high-flow technology to optimize lift capabilities while providing high-speed movement.
The company claims that thanks to the TL923’s heavy-duty drivetrain, operators will enjoy more durability and confidence on the toughest jobs.
Both the TL723 at 100 HP and the TL923 at 135 HP come equipped with an advanced Bobcat Tier 4 turbo-charged engine, said to deliver powerful, high-torque performance and excellent efficiency.
According to Bobcat, operators will appreciate the new engine’s reliable cold weather starting and a variety of features that make maintenance and service more convenient.
Also, the telehandler units are equipped with automatic ride control, which reduces materials pillage and enables operators to travel at faster speeds for increased productivity.
- ECO mode allows the operator to maintain hydraulic performance without using the engine’s full power—working with lower rpm, less noise and lower fuel consumption.
- Smooth Drive mode is ideal for maneuvering across job sites with mild acceleration and deceleration while carrying loads.
- Dynamic Drive mode increases responsiveness of the telehandler’s acceleration and deceleration for traveling between tasks.
- Flex Drive mode allows the operator to manage the engine speed independently from travel speed.
- Advanced Attachment Control mode allows for full auxiliary hydraulic performance.
Comfort and operability
The TL723 and TL923 were designed to incorporate Bobcat’s R-Series styling and enhanced visibility.
The low-profile boom sits below operator eye level to provide an open view of the surroundings. The redesigned engine basket sits lower for increased line of sight. Front, top and rear window wipers help keep windows free of debris and precipitation. Multiple mirrors on the operator’s left and right provide added visibility when working in confined areas. An optional rear mirror kit, rear view camera kit and boom work light kit also are available. Both telehandlers have a unique wrap-around rear-view window that gives operators a clear view of the side and rear of the machine.
The redesigned cab builds upon the Bobcat tradition of operator-centred design with high visibility, excellent ergonomics, a comfortable suspension seat, efficient HVAC system, and an easy-to-read, instrumentation panel that Bobcat equipment operators will find familiar across R-Series machines. Bobcat telehandler cabs are designed and tested to Roll-Over Protection Structure (ROPS) and Falling Object Protective Structure (FOPS) level II standards.
A single, intuitive multi-control joystick dictates the travel direction, lift and tilt functions, boom extension, and auxiliary hydraulics. It also allows operators to control several machine functions at the same time and from one control point, enabling more precise control and higher productivity without having to remove their hand from the joystick. Also, fingertip control access was incorporated in an attempt to make operation smooth and comfortable.
On the front side of the joystick, the directional switch for forward, neutral and reverse can be operated with the index finger. Also, the 2-speed travel switch, lift-arm float, boom extension, machine function settings and auxiliary hydraulics are located on the rear of the joystick.
The TL923 comes specially equipped with a seat-mounted joystick with adjustable armrest, allowing operators to adjust to their preferred position. Also, it includes a high-comfort, heated air-suspension seat.
The TL723 has a standard air-suspension seat which adjusts to the operator’s weight
Uptime, serviceability and versatility
Bobcat R-Series telehandlers are built with a robust box-welded frame for enhanced rigidity – plus a low-center of gravity for optimal stability. The shielded bottom plate protects vital components, and the engine, cooling system and critical components are well-protected within the center of the chassis, ensuring minimal wear and tear due to jobsite obstacles or harsh terrain.
Engine compartment accessibility puts routine maintenance checks, filters and other engine components in easy reach, as well as the oil filter and other service points.
The Power Quick-Tach mounting system on the TL723 and TL923 allows operators to push a button to retract pins and release to quickly secure an attachment, allowing for non-hydraulic attachment changes without ever leaving the cab.