R & B Joinery of Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, has purchased Scotland’s first Bobcat T36120SL 12 m telehandler from Balgownie Ltd, the Authorised Bobcat and Doosan dealer for Aberdeenshire, Morayshire, Angus and for much of the Highlands and parts of Perthshire and Kinross-shire.
Alistair Brownie, Managing Director of R & B Joinery, said: “As a busy building contractor working in the rugged countryside of Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, we always have a requirement for telehandlers to effectively act as rough terrain forklifts capable of working on the different types of terrain we encounter when building properties in the area. With both the Bobcat frame-levelling and stabiliser systems on the machine, the T36120SL telehandler allows us to work with great confidence on whatever surface we have to deal with.”
In the frame-levelling system on the Bobcat T36120SL telehandler, the front oscillating axle piloted by a hydraulic ram is used as a self-levelling device, providing +/- 6° relevelling up to a 50° boom angle and +/- 2° above the 50° boom angle. In addition, thanks to the machine’s overall stability, and whatever the boom angle, the proportionally controlled hydraulic ram can be useful to side-shift when the machine is being used on wheels.
The easy-to-use compact stabilisers ensure that the machine’s full capabilities can be used in the most confined working areas, with a minimal loss of reach when deploying the stabilisers. The narrow design of the stabilisers ensures the machine can be placed close to walls and operated in narrow spaces. Optimal steering capabilities, with minimum steering angles, make the machine extremely manoeuvrable and easy to position at any job site, with a very short turning radius with no rear overhang.
Alistair Brownie added: “The T36120SL is also a compact telehandler, with a much better turning circle than we‘ve seen on other telehandlers. Where the wheels go, the machine goes too. We were also impressed by the Bobcat telehandler plant in Pontchâteau in France, where substantial investment has been made to enhance quality and to boost production.”
Part of the latest generation of telehandlers from Bobcat with which it shares the same, easily recognisable counterweight design and chassis in black, the T36120SL model incorporates many advanced features including the new Panoramic Cab which has a large parabolic windscreen providing panoramic visibility especially when handling loads at height. In the cab, there is a new dashboard with digital display and ergonomic controls including a joystick with integrated forward/reverse (FNR) control for improved productivity and safety.
The state-of-the-art electronics in the new T36120SL telehandler is based on can bus technology allowing smart machine management and monitoring of the main components for easier maintenance. Based around a 100 l/min gear pump with LS valve, the advanced hydraulics feature an active diagnostic system which ensures that in case of hydraulic failure, the machine always remains within safe limits.
The T36120SL is powered by the 74.5 kW (100 HP) Deutz Stage IIIB diesel engine, providing plenty of power and torque even in the most difficult ground conditions. The T36120SL has a hydrostatic transmission offering a maximum travel speed of 30 km/h, complemented by an inching function for smooth driving and precise positioning.
For construction and rental applications, the T36120SL telehandler features an auxiliary hydraulic line and is supplied with a 1.12 m wide foldable pallet forks carriage with backrest and 1200 mm pallet forks as standard. An important safety feature is the Aggravating Movement Arrester (AMA) system which cuts off all aggravating movements to ensure safe use within the working envelope, whatever the attachment used and the type of load (palletised or suspended) being lifted.
The T36120SL telescopic handler has a maximum lift capacity of 3.6 tonne. The working envelope has a maximum lift height of 11.87 m and a maximum forward reach of 8.20 m. The T36120SL can be supplied with a wide range of attachments including different types of digging buckets, pallet forks and jibs.