Command performance: backhoe steals the show

03 July 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201915240

Construction, Civil & Structural Engineering
Events
Materials Handling & Bulk Handling

THE loan of a tractor loader backhoe (TLB) was a big contributor to the success of the Powasol ExtremeX regional championship at last month’s 2019 Royal Agricultural Show in Pietermaritzburg.

That’s according to Daniel Mclaughlin, Director at MC Maintenance, the course designer and builder for the motorcycle enduro event, who said the loan of the Bobcat B730 TLB from the Durban branch of Bobcat Equipment South Africa played a crucial role in 90% of the track build, ranging from trenching for tyre obstacles, piling and compacting ramps, and making a specific gradient required for a water pit.

“Time is always of the essence when building these tracks,” Mclaughlin said.

Command performance: backhoe steals the show

THE loan of a tractor loader backhoe (TLB) was a big contributor to the success of the Powasol ExtremeX regional championship at last month’s 2019 Royal Agricultural Show in Pietermaritzburg.

That’s according to Daniel Mclaughlin, Director at MC Maintenance, the course designer and builder for the motorcycle enduro event, who said the loan of the Bobcat B730 TLB from the Durban branch of Bobcat Equipment South Africa played a crucial role in 90% of the track build, ranging from trenching for tyre obstacles, piling and compacting ramps, and making a specific gradient required for a water pit.

“Time is always of the essence when building these tracks,” Mclaughlin said.

According to Bobcat Durban, while the skidsteer loader is synonymous with Bobcat, the larger TLB is not as well-known. Hence it received valuable exposure during the track build, especially as it could be seen in action, as opposed to just a static stand display.

According to Mclaughlin the B730 TLB made short shrift of the track build, taking about 16 hours for the entire project, from start to finish. “This is definitely a machine to rival its competitors, due to its versatility and ruggedness. I urge anyone involved in construction, civils, and general maintenance to consider it.”

Features include a 100 hp turbocharged engine, a powershift transmission as standard, 18" front tyres and two-wheel steer, superior breakout force with double loader bucket cylinders, and reduced maintenance costs due to a bolt-type cylinder head design.

It boasts an open-centre hydraulic system, and is equipped with a tandem gear pump, providing more control and reducing operating costs. In addition, it combines the high-flow capabilities for rapid movement with the low-power requirements for precise control.

High-performance digging, lifting, and trenching at maximum reach are facilitated by superior ground clearance and a 25° back-ramp angle, which makes climbing over steep slopes that much easier.

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