Bobcat introduces new generation R-Series telehandler range

BOBCAT has revealed it is aiming to double the production of telehandlers by 2025 after launching its new generation R-Series range, which offers a choice of 12 models all boasting Stage V engines.

The machines cover lifting heights from six to 18 metres, with maximum lifting capacities between 2.6 and 4.1 tonnes.

Three of the new products are compact telescopic loaders, four are middle range telehandlers, while five are high-lift models.

Gustavo Otero, president Doosan Bobcat EMEA, said, “Telehandlers are a fundamental asset of our business strategy and key pillar of our Next is Now initiative. Our new ground-breaking R-Series range offers high performance, robust machines for maximum uptime with a focus on accurate controls and intuitive operation for tackling any job on the construction site.

“With these new models and the increased investment in our telehandler business, we are aiming to double the production of Bobcat telehandlers by 2025.”

The new R-Series telehandlers feature a newly configured transmission system and Bobcat said operations are facilitated by the combination of the boom positioning system, a new updated ‘ultra-accurate’ joystick, the inching function, and improved visibility from the cab.

An ‘enhanced’ inching pedal design is described as being easier to use and reduces fatigue, while Bobcat added that a higher engine brake provides a shorter stop distance and increases safety on construction sites.

The new cab interior features R-Series branding, colours and textures. A five-inch LCD display provides information including the feed from the rear camera.

All of the new models feature a new engine hood with a steeper profile that Bobcat explained increases visibility and reduces blind spots by 15% on the right hand side. Access to the engine compartment has been improved to enable easier maintenance. Under the hood, R-Series telehandlers are powered by upgraded versions of the Bobcat D34 Stage V engine, utilising DPF after-treatment.