Bobcat debuts two new telehandlers
By Lindsey Anderson29 April 2022
Bobcat has debuted two new under-10,000-pound-capacity telehandlers, the TL723 and TL923. The TL723 features a lift height of 22 feet, 10 inches and maximum lift capacity of 7,700 pounds while its larger sibling, the TL923, has a rated capacity of 9,041 pounds and maximum lift height of 23 feet, 1 inch.
The models, in addition to the TL619 launched in 2021, round out the R-Series telehandler lineup, Bobcat said.
Featuring redesigned comfort cabs, turbo-charged Tier 4 engines and easy-to-access service points, the machines also have five operation modes:
- 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 jobsites 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.
The 100 hp TL723 and the 135 hp TL923 come equipped with low-profile booms that sit below the operator’s eye level to provide an open view of the surroundings. The redesigned engine basket is mounted 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. The TL723 and TL923 both have a unique wrap-around rear-view window that gives operators a clear view of the side and rear of the machine.
The redesigned, ergonomic cab features a comfortable suspension seat, 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. Fingertip control access makes 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. 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. It also includes a high-comfort, heated air-suspension seat, which also makes a perfect complement to the cab’s climate control. The TL723 has a standard air-suspension seat which adjusts to the operator’s weight.
Bobcat R-Series telehandlers are built with a 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.
The units also are equipped with Bobcat’s Power Quick-Tach mounting system which 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.