STILL a relative newcomer to the Scottish market, Takeuchi seems to be maintaining a steady pipeline of new product announcments.
The coming months will see the arrival of new excavators from compact-sized 1.5 tonne minis right up to 9.5 tonne vehicles, with lots of machine upgrades in between.
The most recent arrival was the new wheeled TB295W excavator, with the first two machines sold in Scotland to owner-operator Ron Grieve Contractor in Fyvie, Aberdeenshire, and self-drive hire company Campbell Plant Hire Ltd, Inverness.
Takeuchi has been moving up the size grades with its wheeled excavators, progressing from 7.5 up to 9.5 tonne vehicles, providing power and travel speed for streetworks applications.
Adding to the excavator weight class, Takeuchi has met growing demand for a 6-tonne sized machine. The new TB260 excavator has so far proved very popular with many considering a switch from 5 tonne to 6, according to a company spokesperson.
The TB260 is described by the company as a powerful excavator with 43.2kN bucket breakout force in a comfortable operating cab. It is a compact machine with a much reduced tail swing compared to predecessor models, and a 2000 x 2575 track footprint. It is said to operate comfortably in confined working areas.
Also coming in 2014 from Takeuchi is a replacement for the popular 1.5 tonne TB016. The new TB216 remains a highly anticipated machine for tool hire and utilities, says the company. Takeuchi’s 1.6 models – both cab and canopy – have apparently proved very popular in this busy weight class, the TB016 is Takeuchi’s best-selling machine in the UK.
The new model remains a machine designed and built for the hire market.