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Case IH debuts first Australian telehandler

Case IH has unveiled its first ever telehandler to be sold to its Australian customers

The Case IH Farmlift 742

Case IH has announced its first foray into telehandlers for the Australian market by launching the Farmlift 742 at the AgQuip field day last month

The telehandler can lift 4,200kg at up to 7m, with rated power of 129hp (96kW) at 2,200rpm and a maximum travel speed of 40km/h.

Case IH’s Australia and New Zealand hay and harvest product manager Andrew Wood says the Farmlift is designed to fill a gap in the manufacturer’s offering.

“I think there’s always been a gap in the product line up in regards to a machine that’s capable of lifting a considerable weight and stacking it at a considerable height,” he says.

“Loaders on tractors are great, but they’re a compromise. They obviously don’t have the height or reach that these machines do, nor did they have the lift capacity in regards to weight.

“From a service perspective, it means customers have got one service contact. A lot of the fluids in the machine is the same as their tractors and their sprayers, so it’s just trying to simplify what we offer to our customers in the marketplace.”

Wood says the manufacturer’s priority with the Farmlift 742 was to provide as many features as possible as standard.

These standard features include two and four-wheel steering, crab steering, fourth and fifth hydraulic functions, soft ride control, boom dust control, and what Wood describes as “the largest flotation tyres that are available”.

Another area where Wood believes the Farmlift 742 excels is in its ground clearance.

“My experience with telehandlers in the past has generally been that the bugbear was ground clearance,” he says.

“This machine has excellent ground clearance and it’s very clean underneath.

“The other big issue that I always found with telehandlers in the past was access around the engine bay. It was very difficult, particularly for technicians, and even just to clean them out.

“From a day-to-day usage perspective in regards to maintenance, it’s really good.”

Wood says the decision to introduce a telehandler for the Australian market was also based on customer feedback over the years.

Early feedback on the machine, which made its debut at AgQuip in Gunnedah, has been “overwhelming” with Wood saying several attendees were “genuinely interested in buying one” based on the show’s first day alone.

“The other thing that everyone seems to be commenting on is just how simply and cleanly the switch gear and the controls in the cab are laid out.

“It’s nice, simple and logical and makes it very easy to use.

“This machine is laid out probably as good as I’ve ever seen on a telehandler.”

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