Pendergrass, Ga.-based Takeuchi-US, a manufacturer of compact loaders and excavators, has announced the release of its TL10 and TL12 track loaders. Takeuchi’s new track loaders feature EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Tier 4i-compliant engines along with an “Eco Mode” function designed to reduce fuel consumption during operation.
The new track loaders include selectable auxiliary work modes, which allow the operator to fine-tune the auxiliary hydraulic output to three specific attachment settings for reduced downtime on job sites, the company says. The new track loaders also feature a sleek interior with enhanced controls, pressurized cab with improved HVAC performance.
The TL10 has an operating weight of 10,318 pounds, a tip load of 6,867 pounds (7,793 pounds with optional counterweight) and an improved rated operating capacity of 2,403 pounds (2,723 pounds with optional counterweight). The more robust TL12 has an operating weight of 11,618 pounds and a tip load of 8,102 pounds (9,315 pounds with optional counterweight).
The company adds the fully welded, purpose-built frame features integrated cross members and an undercarriage that maintains steel-to-steel contact between the large, heavy-duty rollers and forged steel imbeds that are incorporated into the rubber track. As with previous Takeuchi track loaders, double reduction planetary drives are positioned rearward to allow more contact points between the sprocket and track allowing incredible traction forces along with better track durability, the company says.
The TL10 and TL12 feature a variable flow auxiliary hydraulic system, which offers three settings that can be programmed to match the flow requirements of various attachments. Setting I is standard 100 percent flow, and Settings II and III can be set anywhere from zero to 100 percent. A hydraulic oil temperature light has been added to the gauge panel, and a second auxiliary circuit comes standard on all high-flow machines. The TL10 features a 12.9-gallon hydraulic reservoir and offers up to 36.3 gallons per minute of auxiliary hydraulic flow. The TL12 comes equipped with a 15.9-gallon hydraulic reservoir and offers up to 40 gallons per minute of auxiliary hydraulic flow.
The TL10 features a V3800CRT Kubota diesel engine with common rail fuel injection and turbocharger that helps deliver 7 percent more horsepower and a 9.4 percent improvement in torque as compared with previous models. The TL12 features a V3800CRTI Kubota diesel engine with common rail injection, turbocharger and intercooler that delivers 10.8 percent more horsepower and a 19.5 percent improvement in torque as compared with previous models, Takeuchi says.
Both models feature a diesel particulate filter to help control particulate emissions, as well as cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) for reduced NOx emissions. A swing-out cooler module places the hydraulic oil cooler and engine coolers side-by-side for optimal performance.
The TL10 and TL12 track loaders feature selectable power modes designed to allow the operator to match the engine performance to any specific task. Normal mode offers a good mix of power and economy for general work, while the power mode produces peak engine power for maximum performance. The company says the all-new eco mode can provide up to 15 percent fuel savings while still offering maximum torque and excellent power characteristics, drastically lowering the operating cost of the machine.
The eco mode conserves fuel by limiting the engine speed to 2,400 rpm. When engine load is less than 30 percent, the speed will automatically decrease to 2,040 rpm after eight seconds. Conversely, when power demand exceeds 30 percent, the engine speed will return to the throttle position setting.
In addition to the improvements in performance and operation, many enhancements and special features have been incorporated into the interior of the operator’s cab. First, the new track loaders feature a sealed and pressurized cab, which helps maintain a clean environment for the operator. The cab also features improved blower fan and HVAC performance and a high-back seat with adjustable suspension rate and height settings for improved operator comfort. Additional available options include a three-point seat belt, heavy-duty radio and ride control.
The roll-up door can be opened regardless of the boom/attachment position and can be locked in the open position for operation. Takeuchi’s precision pilot controls are complemented by an innovative quick-change selector valve — available as a factory option — which allows the operator to select between ISO or H pattern controls. An easy to use multi-function control handle provides fingertip control to the 14-pin attachment connector while a heavy duty rocker switch now provides control of the “G” and “H” pins of the connector providing more attachment versatility and control.
More information on the loaders is available at www.takeuchi-us.com.