Mini Bobcat handler a “three-in-one” machine

19 March 2008

The latest French–manufactured telehandler from Ingersoll Rand's Bobcat business – which is currently up for sale – is the small T2250, a machine described by the company as “three machines in one,” combining the features of a telehandler with those of a skid–steer loader and articulated wheeled loader.

The handler, Bobcat's smallest yet, can be equipped either with a conventional quick–coupling attachment or with the Bob–Tach system used on all Bobcat skid–steers and compact loaders. Powered by a Kubota 56 kW, turbo–charged diesel engine, the handler has a rated lift capacity of 2.2 t and a maximum lift height of 5.2 m.

Norbert Donaberger, business director telescopic handlers for Bobcat Europe, tells AI that the T2250 will fit I between Bobcat's largest skid steers and small articulated wheel loaders and its bigger telehandlers; “It will be interesting for rental companies because of its versatility … many will already have Bobcat skid steers.”

He added that the new model will have “ a very big potential in North America…It will fit very well with Bobcat's range in the US.”

Bobcat Europe currently sells its smaller European–produced handlers in North America – up to 10 m models – although the bigger 14 and 17 m models are not available. Mr Donaberger said launching these models in North America was “something on my mind,” although he could not give any timescale.

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