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Working Ranch - November/December 2017

By Tim O’Byrne V723 FEATURES - Sealed engine compartment; side-by-side cooling design (same quality / temp of air rad, oil and air coolers); auto-reversing fan on rad; non-DPF Tier 4 diesel (Bobcat® engines engineered to minimize particulate matter (PM) so diesel particulate fi lter (DPF) isn’t needed for Tier 4 compliance; Power Quick-Tach system - push button attachment pin retraction. V723 SPECS AT A GLANCE Horsepower: 100-hp, non-DPF Bobcat diesel engine Operating weight: 17,155 lb. Maximum rated lift capacity: 7,700 lb.* Maximum lift height: 22 ft. 10 in.* Maximum reach: 13 ft. 5 in.* Auxiliary hydraulic fl ow: 26.4 gpm Travel speed, low (gear 1): 3.1 mph Travel speed, high (gear 2): 18.7 mph Three steering modes: Front, all-wheel and crab Bale fork option available * When equipped with pallet frame and forks, 24-inch load center. New V723 VersaHANDLER from Bobcat headed out to Loveland, Colorado mid-summer to test out this new telehandler from Bobcat, the V723 VersaHANDLER®. I’d operated a telehandler before, working with large square bales unloading trucks and bedding pens. The reps at Bobcat showed me their new machine inside and out, then turned me loose to dig and move material around. The fi rst thing that struck me was the excellent visibility. A very close second was the joystick on the right. A toggle on the top, operated by the right thumb, clicks easily between forward, park and backup, eliminating the annoying hand-crossing exercise required to run steering wheel, direction shifter on the column, and bucket hydraulics. Once I learned how to function in the machine I really put it through its paces (c’mon… you guys know me by now, I do my tests cowboy-style). Digging? A breeze. Dumping? Awesome – has an excellent “shake” to the bucket essential to cleaning every clump out of the corners. Turning radius? Nice. Tele-reach? Not bad; the cool part is you can set the speed of the hydraulics to extend or retract the boom. Sometimes you need it set very slow if you’re working in a hay barn or some tight space. You can shift between regular steering and crab crawl very easily, practically on-the-go. The main thing, as it should be with any telehandler, is that it felt stable to me with an extended loaded bucket. Good job, Bobcat. NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017 I WORKING RANCH I 103


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