Leading compact solutions provider, Mecalac Construction Equipment UK, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its backhoe loader. Originally licenced under the Massey Fergusson Agriculture brand, the company’s Coventry manufacturing facility has assembled thousands of models since the very first unit rolled off production in 1959.
60 years later, each backhoe is still renowned for its robust design and class-leading performance, but now features a whole host of innovative technologies to maximise efficiency, safety and comfort for the operator. For 2019, key updates have included the introduction of direct drive transmission (which passes the drive shaft through the centre of the torque converter to optimise output), Auto Ride Control (which automatically engages/disengages the ride control dependant on machine speed) and the option of powered sideshift on the TLB890 and TLB990.
To coincide with the introduction of Stage V emissions legislation, each model has transitioned to the Perkins Syncro engine platform. Alongside complying with both EU and US (EPA) regulations, this move offers numerous productivity benefits. For example, torque output of the 55kw TLB870 increases 9% (to 424Nm), while power output of the TLB890 and TLB990 increase by 10% (to 82kw).
Further updates to the portfolio include a new side console (480 x 270 LCD screen), which displays operating information, settings and error codes. A rotary selector provides access to all-new machine settings including auto idle, quick attach timer, ISO/SAE selection, thumb slider sensitivity, auto ride control speed and auto idle torque setting.
To celebrate 60 years of success, a special offer campaign will be launched, a number of Mecalac backhoe models will feature a limited edition decal and attractive finance support packages will also be available. Paul Macpherson, UK Sales and Marketing Director at Mecalac CEUK, comments: “Since developing our very first backhoe loader unit in 1959, we’ve been hugely proud to manufacture some of the market’s most acclaimed machines.
“Renowned for excellent build quality and impressive performance – all at a highly affordable price point – our backhoes are the perfect addition to any job site. With 60 years manufacturing experience, we’re confident that the latest range ticks every box for the owner and operator.”
The Mecalac backhoe loader portfolio comprises three models – the TLB870, TLB890 and top-of-the-range TLB990. Rugged, versatile and highly productive, Mecalac backhoe loaders are available in both centre mount and sideshift configurations to suit customers across the globe.
TLB870 – As Mecalac’s entry-level backhoe, the TLB870 delivers exceptional value. The 74hp water-cooled engine ensures smooth and efficient operation, while powerful hydraulics make light work of tough tasks and as below 56kW avoid the requirement for adblue treatment.
TLB890 – Productive, cost effective and flexible, the TLB890 combines the power of a wheel loader and the versatility of a compact excavator. Ideally suited to applications including civil engineering, highway maintenance, utilities and agriculture, the 110hp machine delivers fast cycle times and impressive operation economies.
TLB990 – Designed to deliver outstanding performance, the top-of-the-range TLB990 is packed with innovative features; including Mecalac’s four-wheel steering system and crab steer mode. Impressive capability is perfectly paired with innovative user technologies, making the model Mecalac’s most advanced backhoe ever.