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OWNER-OPERATORS’ PRODUCTIVITY BOOSTED BY NEW TEREX® BACKHOE
Versatility of new all-purpose TLB990 takes a load off owner-operators’ minds
Coventry, England, April 2014 – This month sees the launch of the top of the range Terex® TLB990 backhoe loader. The TLB990 has been designed for professionals who demand the highest performance and cost effective running all-year-round with an excellent return on investment.
Packed with new features and additions, the design of the TLB990 has been centred around those in the driving seat, with productivity, ease of operation and service at the top of the priority list. Built on the solid foundation of the previous 970 model, it features a Perkins 74.5kW 1204E-E44TA diesel engine with higher maximum torque for improved loading and roading performance.
The strength of the new TLB990 is undisputed. The dipper break out force has increased by 6% to provide high trenching productivity and the bucket breakout force has been increased by 32%, when using the heavy duty bucket, all of which gives operators the confidence to tackle the toughest of operating challenges. Coupled with a backhoe lift performance which has been increased by 20% and an impressive dig depth of 5.64m (18’6”) this machine is a force to be reckoned with. In addition, the slew torque has also been boosted by 72% ensuring any back filling operations and slewing uphill are achieved with ease.
However, not everything is new on the TLB990 - Terex has retained some of the most popular features from over 55 years’ heritage of manufacturing backhoe loaders; notably, its industry-leading four-wheel-steering system which gives an unbeatable turning circle of 7.3m. The crab steer mode also allows the TLB990 to operate on space constrained job sites. Proven features from the existing TLB840 and TLB890 Terex backhoe loaders have been integrated into the new TLB990, including the well-received curved boom assembly which allows greater clearance over obstacles, such as when loading high sided trucks or working over fences. The cast hard nose acts as a counterweight for stability and gives protection to the bonnet and cooling pack.
Not only is machine productivity designed in, operator comfort has also been given priority. The operator enjoys a more spacious ROPS/ FOPS compliant cab with a full depth rear opening window and opening rear side windows for enhanced visibility and excellent ventilation. The control consoles have been simplified for ease of operation and, on the Servo models, the absence of pedals for auxiliary operation allows for more foot space. Journey times are also quicker and more comfortable thanks to the ride control system and 39.5 km/h on-road transport speed.
Ease of service is provided by the fully tilting hood and service points which are located in convenient positions at ground level and on the same side of the engine. Brakes are inboard mounted with a larger friction area to encourage longevity, and externally adjustable stabilisers and extending dipper wear pads allow for ease of maintenance and replacement.
Terex Global Product Manager for Backhoe Loaders, Jon Beckley, said: “Insight from customer research carried out in the design stage of this machine highlighted that the key customer requirements were versatility, productivity and operator comfort. We firmly believe that these have been more than met with the TLB990, giving peace of mind to owner-operators.
“Owner-operators take great pride in their backhoe and expect a lot from it as they can be operating the machine for many hours per day. The TLB990’s excellent pushing power, breakout forces, class-leading turning circle and comfortable cab mean it is one of the most productive and versatile machines available.”
Terex Corporation is a diversified global manufacturer of a broad range of equipment that is focused on delivering reliable, customer-driven solutions for many applications, including the construction, infrastructure, quarrying, mining, shipping, transportation, refining, energy, utility and manufacturing industries. Terex reports in five business segments: Aerial Work Platforms; Construction; Cranes; Material Handling & Port Solutions; and Materials Processing. Terex offers financial products and services to assist in the acquisition of equipment through Terex Financial Services. More information can be found at www.terex.com.
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