Busy year for ‘red and white army’ of machines

New Takeuchi TB235-2

TAKEUCHI has reported a ‘very successful’ year for its excavator range from 1 to 16-tonnes.

The manufacturer told Project Plant that Scottish dealers – AT Best, Argyll Engineers, CAM Engineering, JMS Equipment, Ramsay and Jackson, and Webb Plant – continue to increase the ‘red and white army’ of machines across the region.

Following a string of new models and upgrades, Takeuchi is now Stage V ready right up to 9-tonnes, with the remaining models to be completed in the spring of 2020.

To meet growing demand for machine management and monitoring, the business has introduced telematics for improved remote diagnostics. The new TFM Takeuchi Fleet Management is now available as standard on all machines of 4-tonnes and above.

2019 has also witnessed the introduction of Takeuchi minis at the smaller end, with the TB215R receiving a big upgrade. Described as now being capable of performing to the spec of a TB216, both in digging depth and power, it now has the added advantage of a short tail. 

Moving up the weight class is a new model – the TB235-2 – which is a 3.5-tonnes excavator. It works under the 19kW engine class so meets Stage V standards. Features include a larger cab combining larger foot and storage room, MP3 socket and colour VDU. The TB235-2 also comes with factory-fitted hydraulic hitch pipework as standard, while two-way auxiliary hydraulics on the boom cater for a variety of attachments. The TB235-2 design now features a rounded body for improved visibility and functionality, as well as LED lighting all round.

Further up the weight class, the TB240 and TB260 have been upgraded with DPF, LED light and factory-fitted hydraulic hitch pipework as standard. 

At the top end, the new TB290-2 is described by Takeuchi as a powerful option, ‘big yet compact for its size’ with a shorter than average tail swing. The TB290-2 is powered by a Yanmar DPF turbocharged engine. The machine is available both as mono boom and 2-piece.

“There’s plenty more to come from Takeuchi next year, expect to see new models at ScotPlant in the spring,” the manufacturer said.