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How a Takeuchi TL12v2 vertical lift track loader from Semco is dealing with Borg Civil’s tough tasks
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
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The Takeuchi TL12v2 vertical lift compact loader on a Borg Civil construction site