A leading Bobcat telehandler customer in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has praised the high performance, reliability and durability of the Bobcat telehandler range.

The comments come from leading contractor, Fujairah National Construction Co. L.L.C (FNC) and are supported by their experience with a top-of-the-range Bobcat T40180 18 m telehandler.

Purchased in December 2015 from Dubai-based Kanoo Machinery, the Bobcat dealer for the UAE, the T40180 has provided trouble-free performance since it arrived, already completing well over over 10,000 hours on site. The T40180 has been working two shifts a day throughout this period and has been used on three major contracts including two new 18 storey buildings.

According to Kanoo, the record of the T40180 is typical of what can be expected from the Bobcat telehandler range in the tough working conditions in the Middle East. Over the last two and half years, the T40180 has required only normal servicing under the preventative maintenance programme recommended by Bobcat. Its performance is a perfect illustration of the reliability and durability that customers can expect not only from Bobcat telehandlers, but also Bobcat skid-steer and compact loaders, compact excavators, backhoe loaders and attachments in the exacting conditions found in the Middle East.

“We have been delighted with the performance of the Bobcat T40180 telehandler,” says Farhan Mahmood Rizvi, Engineered Equipment and Plant Manager at FNC. “We make sure we look after all of the equipment in our fleet, following or even exceeding manufacturers’ servicing and maintenance guidelines. We closely monitor all the components and performance of our machinery, ensuring all aspects such as greasing, oils and fluids and genuine parts are used in full compliance with these guidelines.”

From its roots in the construction of factories, commercial buildings and warehouses including many in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, FNC developed to become the first turnkey construction company in the UAE offering combined expertise in design, construction and management for building high rise towers exceeding 40 floors. As well as being a turnkey contractor, FNC is also the largest steel framework contractor not only in the UAE but also in the Middle East.

“We have used the Bobcat T40180 telehandler for a wide variety of applications from lifting rebar from trucks for foundation work to moving heavy materials such as the components for the steel work for buildings,” says Mr Rizvi. “The dependable safe lifting offered by the T40180 when it is used both with the wheels alone or with its stabilizers deployed has been an important aspect for us. The easy-to-use stabilizers also ensure that the full capabilities of the telehandler can be utilised in the most confined working areas and close to walls.”

The T40180 18 m telehandler at FNC is the largest model in the Bobcat range of rigid frame telehandlers. The T40180 model delivers market leading load chart performance in its class, with an unmatched maximum lifting height of 16.2 m when operated on tyres alone. The high stability of the telehandler ensures minimal loss of lift height and capacity, and the T40180 model is based on an easy-to-use design that provides class-leading efficiency and productivity backed by state-of-the-art safety systems.