New generation rotary telehandler range from BobcatPublished 30/12, 2020 at 09:10
Inspired by the company’s ‘next is now’ philosophy, Bobcat has announced a major new development in collaboration with Magni TH of Italy to launch an expanded line of new generation rotary telehandlers.
The new Bobcat rotary telehandler range includes 10 Stage V compliant models for the European market, with lifting heights from 18m to 39m and lifting capacities from 4t to 7t. These are complemented by another four Stage IIIA engine powered models aimed at the Middle East, African and Russian/CIS regions with lifting heights from 18m to 25m and lifting capacities from 4t to 6t. Olivier Traccucci, Bobcat Telehandler senior product manager, said: “Our new rotary telehandler range offers an expanded model selection and increased lifting heights and lifting capacities. The new range offers cutting edge technology that continues the theme of reinvention that is at the core of our ‘next is now’ philosophy. As a result, they offer enhanced 360° performance to create the ultimate tools for even the most complex site handling jobs. A big choice of over 20 attachments and various options also ensures that working at height has never been so versatile, efficient, comfortable and safe.”
Growth in market
The rotary telehandler market continues to grow worldwide. In Europe, for example, the market has increased over the last five years by 23% and, in 2019, it reached over 3,000 units for the first time. In fact, 85% of the global market volume is in the EMEA region. Developed in the early 1990s, rotary telehandlers feature a rotating turret and four stabilisers which enable them to work solidly in place with full operating capacity. The 360° rotation allows the machines to handle loads everywhere in the working envelope without needing to move. This is an ideal solution in urban areas where spaces are tight and manoeuvring is limited. Their ability to work from a single point to cover all of a site, and the fact that they can be used from the first to the last day of a construction project, has made them an increasingly attractive machine for construction sites. Rotary telehandlers combine the attributes of a telehandler with those of an aerial working platform and a crane, with applications being mainly in construction (80%) but also in industrial maintenance.
With Bobcat’s rotary telehandlers, attachments are almost as important as the machine itself, as they provide the versatility needed on site. The attachments are usually forks (supplied as standard), crane jibs, winches or jib winches, man platforms and buckets. Most of the new Bobcat rotary telehandlers are equipped with a remote control to operate the machine from the ‘man basket’ when elevating people as well as operating the machines remotely to enhance visibility and precision. They also automatically recognise the attachment they are being paired with using ‘RFID’ technology, which also uploads the corresponding load charts onto the display. As a result, the machine is ready to work safely within seconds and the touchscreen displays a dynamic load chart which allows the operator to keep an eye on the load's centre of gravity. The ‘limit’ page also allows the operator to restrict the working zone in three dimensions and limit working speeds for maximum control and safety.
Large choice of options
To provide customers with the ideal machine for their needs, Bobcat offers a large choice of additional options. These include a remote control with drive function which provides radio control with a screen that allows the machine to be driven remotely and the stabilisation phases to be managed directly from the basket. This results in increased productivity and efficiency in winch, jib and man platform operations (among others). Also as an option, ‘Twin Power’ allows the machine to be used without starting the diesel engine keeping the emissions on zero level and providing noiseless operation. By connecting the machine to an external electricity supply (380V) a power source for the machine is provided enabling it to perform all normal lifting and load positioning operations. A 15kW electric motor and a 90 l/min piston pump guarantee the performance and precision required for each and every movement.