THE UK’s first Bobcat TL43.80HF telehandler has gone to work in East Yorkshire for John Suggitt, who runs construction, storage and farm businesses.

This entrant into a new sector for the company, has a maximum lift capacity of 4.3 tonnes and a maximum lift height of almost 8m. The TL43.80HF is a new, compact telehandler but with big capabilities.

John Suggitt commented: “I was looking for a telehandler that could lift four-tonnes and offer a reach of 7m, but with the TL43.80HF, I can lift 4.3 tonne with a lifting height approaching 8m. Being 20cm shorter than the equivalent 7m machines on the market, the TL43.80HF also gives me the compactness and productivity I need to work in the tight spaces on site and in my storage facilities.”

Bobcat was able to minimize the dimensions of the TL43.80HF in large part due to the high stability resulting from a box welded frame, a low load centre, a long wheel base and a big rear counterweight. Together with a short turning radius of just 3.71m, it's also a very manoeuvrable machine.

The rough terrain capability has also been optimised with the incorporation of new heavy duty Dana Spicer axles, with limited slip differential, which will allow Mr Suggitt to use the to provide winter feed.

The new Bobcat telehandler is fully road certified and with a two-speed transmission and a maximum speed of 40 km/h and can be driven quickly between locations to do different work. The boom suspension system is useful feature for stability when travelling on roads.

Like all Bobcat telehandlers, the new TL43.80HF Agri is covered by an industry-unique three year/3000 hour warranty as standard. As an AGRI version, the new TL43.80HF telehandler also includes air conditioning; an automatic fan inverter; a Sears high comfort air suspension seat and premium cab finish (deluxe steering wheel, armrest, aluminium panels); plus a trailer brake valve and a drawbar coupler tow hitch.