This month sees the launch of the top of the range Terex TLB990 backhoe loader. The new unit is based upon the previous 970 model, and features a Perkins 74.5kW 1204E-E44TA diesel engine with higher maximum torque for improved loading and roading performance.
Dipper break out force has increased by 6 percent to provide high trenching productivity and the bucket breakout force has been increased by 32 percent when using the heavy duty bucket. This is coupled with a backhoe lift performance that has been increased by 20 percent and an impressive dig depth of 5.64 metres. In addition, the slew torque has also been boosted by 72 percent.
However, not everything is new on the TLB990 – Terex has retained some of the most popular features from over 55 years’ heritage of manufacturing backhoe loaders; notably, its industry-leading four-wheel-steering system which gives an unbeatable turning circle of 7.3m. The crab steer mode also allows the TLB990 to operate on space constrained job sites. Proven features from the existing TLB840 and TLB890 Terex backhoe loaders have been integrated into the new TLB990, including the well-received curved boom assembly which allows greater clearance over obstacles, such as when loading high sided trucks or working over fences. The cast hard nose acts as a counterweight for stability and gives protection to the bonnet and cooling pack.
Not only is machine productivity designed in, operator comfort has also been given priority. The operator enjoys a more spacious ROPS/ FOPS compliant cab with a full depth rear opening window and opening rear side windows for enhanced visibility and excellent ventilation. The control consoles have been simplified for ease of operation and, on the Servo models, the absence of pedals for auxiliary operation allows for more foot space. Journey times are also quicker and more comfortable thanks to the ride control system and 39.5 km/h on-road transport speed.
Ease of service is provided by the fully tilting hood and service points which are located in convenient positions at ground level and on the same side of the engine. Brakes are inboard mounted with a larger friction area to encourage longevity, and externally adjustable stabilisers and extending dipper wear pads allow for ease of maintenance and replacement.