The Takeuchi TL6R compact track loader has arrived in Australia. But don't be fooled by its size. According to Takeuchi, the new machine "packs a punch" in the power department.

The Takeuchi TL6R compact track loader in action.

The Japanese manufacturer's latest model is small enough for easy truck or trailer loading for road transport to and from job sites but it features a cleverly designed cabin that offers adequate space to operators.

The TL6R has a low-profile cabin height of 1975mm, an advantage in space constrained sites. It is equipped with a powerful tier four final 48kW engine and the loader's active power control helps operators maintain maximum engine power for optimal performance in all ground conditions and while using a range of attachments.

Takeuchi engineers have also focused on control systems by fitting the TL6R with a redesigned hydraulic pilot control system that gives the machine's operator a comfortable, positive feel that enables direct and precise operation.

The loader's power plant enables the machine to comfortably handle an impressive 835kg operating load (rated at 35% of tipping), while safety is first and foremost with the provision of a built-in reversing camera displaying an expansive view of what lies behind, via a 5.7-inch LCD dash panel screen.

Reduction of cabin sound levels and vibration has also been a redesign objective, achieved by re-engineering the undercarriage and quiet ride tracks. Sharing a new undercarriage design with other recent model Takeuchi track loaders, the triple flange track rollers used in the TL6R have been restyled to minimise the de-tracking risk at times when an operator may forget to make wider turns, traverses slopes sideways or encounters other conditions that may cause a costly and time-consuming track issue.

For low light conditions, illumination has been enhanced with large LED work lights that improve the level of low-light visibility, while reducing power consumption. For the operator's comfort, a newly designed full-size suspension high back seat gives additional support and further reduces vibration to reduce fatigue and make the work space more comfortable.

Changing attachments is also effortless by using the hydraulic quick hitch. The operator doesn't have to manually unlock the hitch to change attachments. Additional efficiency is provided by a wiring harness that allows electrically-controlled attachments to be plugged straight in without the added cost of wiring them into the machine.

The Takeuchi TL6R compact track loader at a glance:

  • Total weight 3530 kg
  • Tipping load 2390kg
  • Machine width 153cm
  • Rated operating capacity 835kg
  • Bucket breakout force 326.4kN
  • Ground pressure 34.8kPa