Bobcat Company introduceD two new telescopic tool carriers (TTC). The VersaHandler TTC V723 and V723 FL (frame level) models feature more lift capacity while maintaining the same compact size. The frame level feature allows the operator to level the machine on uneven ground.

The wheelbase on the new V723 and V723 FL is four inches longer than previous models, allowing an increased lifting capacity - giving each a rated load capacity of 7000 lb. Both multi-purpose machines feature a maximum lift height of 23 feet.

Some of the other improvements are incorporated into the machines' cooling system. Smaller holes in the engine cover screen (intake for radiator) help prevent large debris from entering the engine basket and plugging the radiator. The one-piece combination radiator/oil cooler heightens the efficiency of the cooling system and facilitates easy radiator cleanout. A relocated, double element air cleaner canister allows for better airflow through the cooling system, and offers a location to add a pre-cleaner device, which can extend air filter life in dirty conditions.

The V723 and V723 FL replace the V623 and V623 FL models, respectively, which were introduced to the United States in 2001 after Bobcat Company purchased Sambron, a pioneer in the telehandler industry.

VersaHandler telescopic tool carriers utilize a light, rigid frame for better stability and reduced flex, which allow them to lift as much as heavier machines in their class. The V723 model is available with a climate controlled cab (HVAC). The V723 FL offers the choice of either a climate-controlled cab (HVAC) or an open canopy. It comes standard with a two-speed frame level and 24-in. tires (only 20-in. tires were available on the V623 FL). The larger tires increase the travel speed of the machine to 18 mph and provide extra ground clearance.

Both models feature heavy-duty hydrostatic ground drive for shifting-on-the-fly between high and low drive speed ranges. Their automotive-style transmission makes them simple to operate. Unlike torque converter transmissions, VersaHandler telescopic tool carriers have dynamic braking, allowing for controlled movement while inching up or down slopes on the jobsite.

VersaHandler telescopic tool carriers feature three steering modes: all-wheel steer for tight turning; front-wheel steer for road travel (top travel speed is 18 mph); and crab-steer for positioning loads from side to side.

The Bobcat V723 and V723 FL telescopic tool carriers are ideal for applications that need more lift height, a longer reach or the ability to lift heavier payloads than skid-steer loaders and other compact equipment.

They were designed with the construction, industrial, municipal, landscaping, agricultural and rental markets in mind, and are perfect for a variety of applications - from transporting materials and mulching to stockpiling and bale handling.

Source: Bobcat Company, March 2004