Bobcat Company says its two new models of telescopic tool carriers offer increased lifting capacity in the same compact size. The VersaHandler V723 and V723 FL each have a rated load capacity of 7,000 pounds and feature a maximum lift height of 23 feet. The V723 FL also includes a frame level feature, which allows the operator to level the machine on uneven ground.

The wheelbase on the new multi-purpose machines is 4 inches longer than previous models, allowing an increased lifting capacity.

Some of the other improvements are incorporated into the machines' cooling system. Smaller holes in the engine cover screen help prevent large debris from entering the engine basket and plugging the radiator. The one-piece combination radiator and oil cooler heightens the efficiency of the cooling system and facilitates easy radiator cleanout. A relocated, double element air cleaner canister allows for better airflow through the cooling system, and offers a location to add a pre-cleaner device, which can extend air filter life in dirty conditions.

The V723 and V723 FL replace the V623 and V623 FL models, respectively, which were introduced to the United States in 2001 after Bobcat Company purchased Sambron, a pioneer in the telehandler industry.

“We've made some slight design modifications to the machine to make it more service-friendly,” says Marty Miller, VersaHandler TTC product manager. “The radiator and oil cooler are easier to access — making cleaning simpler and more efficient.

“One of the leading factors in the redesign process was fitting the machine for a new Tier-II compliant Perkins engine,” Miller says. All of the VersaHandler TTC models utilize liquid-cooled Perkins engines. “Our engines are side-mounted to give the operator better visibility to the side and rear of the machine, a low profile and excellent serviceability.”

VersaHandler telescopic tool carriers utilize a light, rigid frame for better stability and reduced flex, which allow them to lift as much as heavier machines in their class. The V723 model is available with a climate-controlled cab, and the V723 FL offers the choice of either a climate-controlled cab or an open canopy. It comes standard with a two-speed frame level and 24-inch tires, which increase the travel speed of the machine to 18 mph and provide extra ground clearance.

Both models feature heavy-duty hydrostatic ground drive for shifting-on-the-fly between high and low drive speed ranges. Their automotive-style transmission makes them simple to operate. Unlike torque converter transmissions, VersaHandler telescopic tool carriers have dynamic braking, allowing for controlled movement while inching up or down slopes on the jobsite.

VersaHandler telescopic tool carriers feature three steering modes: all-wheel steer for tight turning; front-wheel steer for road travel; and crab-steer for positioning loads from side to side.