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How a Takeuchi TL12v2 ver­ti­cal lift track loader from Semco is deal­ing with Borg Civil’s tough tasks

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Cut and fill for res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion sites of­ten present some un­ex­pected chal­lenges. Deal­ing with hard tasks such as re­mov­ing em­bed­ded rock frag­ments, pulling out old con­crete or just plain stub­born hard-packed clay can add un­nec­es­sary time to a rou­tine task.

Sydney’s Borg Civil didn’t want to have ad­di­tional equip­ment on site to deal with some of these chal­lenges, so needed a pow­er­ful ma­chine that can deal with the tougher sites it worked on.

Al­ready hav­ing a fleet of Takeuchi load­ers, the com­pany de­cided to try the new Takeuchi TL12v2 ver­ti­cal lift track loader, which is an en­tirely new ma­chine with ad­di­tional power and a very handy high bucket lift ca­pa­bil­ity.

The ad­di­tion of a rear ripper bar which is mon­i­tored by the rear camera com­pleted the pack­age which was pur­chased a few months ago.

A res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion site in South­west Sydney showed that this one ma­chine could eas­ily and very quickly com­plete a typ­i­cal cut and fill op­er­a­tion to pre­pare for a con­crete slab.

“We have four Takeuchi ra­dial lift load­ers and thought it was worth try­ing this new TL12v2 ver­ti­cal-lift ma­chine to see how it per­formed,” Borg Civil op­er­a­tions man­ager Jerry Zoric says.

“It is a stan­dard fac­tory-fit­ted ma­chine with the ad­di­tion of the ripper bars.

“We are par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the height of the ver­ti­cal lift, which en­ables us to pile spoil quite high within a con­strained foot­print and makes it easy to load the trucks. You can also get the bucket right over the edge of the truck for quick load­ing.”

Zoric says that, while the cabin of the v2 is just 77mm wider than the stan­dard TL12 track loader, it feels a lot big­ger and more com­fort­able to the op­er­a­tors.

A lot of thought has gone into the place­ment of con­trols and the ease in which all func­tions can be se­lected and ma­nip­u­lated, he adds.

“Also, the place­ment of the lift­ing booms has been well-de­signed to op­ti­mise op­er­a­tor vis­i­bil­ity, which is a real bonus when you’re work­ing the bucket to cut to tight mark out lines.”

Weigh­ing in at just un­der 6 tonnes, the Takeuchi TL12v2 is claimed to be the largest and most pow­er­ful ma­chine in its class and de­liv­ers up to 45 per­cent greater op­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity over the cur­rent TL12 ra­dial lift model.

Pow­er­ing the loader and its sys­tems is a

Kub­ota 3.8-litre Tier 4 /Stage IV diesel en­gine that pro­duces 81.8kW.

A stand­out fea­ture of the ma­chine, Zoric says, is an elec­tri­cal har­ness that runs down the loader’s frame and plugs into the hand con­trol.

“This means you can op­er­ate at­tach­ments that re­quire elec­tri­cal func­tions such as a tilt­ing dozer blade, laser blade or a pro­filer,” he says.

Be­cause the en­gine is elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled, the op­er­a­tor is able to se­lect en­gine func­tions through the dash panel.

This in­cludes ad­just­ment of horse­power or se­lec­tion of econ­omy mode.

We are par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the height of the ver­ti­cal lift

For more in­for­ma­tion call 1800 685 525 or visit

The Takeuchi TL12v2 ver­ti­cal lift compact loader on a Borg Civil con­struc­tion site

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