Bobcat launches flagship loader

North American firm Bobcat has launched a top-of-the-range loader offering a maximum lift of 4,300kg, reaching to nearly 8m.

The TL 43.80 HF uses a Z-bar linkage offering a tilt angle of 152deg and a higher breakout force of 7,000kg, we’re told.  

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Doosan-owned Bobcat say it’s the only machine in this market segment that can use a 3,500-litre light material bucket and can offer 40% upgrade in loading productivity, compared with the competition.  

To achieve this, a 190 litre/min load-sensing pump and flow-sharing distributor helps combine all the hydraulic functions together, ideal when using mixer buckets or straw blowers.

The load-sensing pump supplies oil only when hydraulic power is required, therefore unnecessary oil heating is reduced and fuel is saved, claims the company.

A clever feature is the automatic activation of the boom suspension over 5km/h, without the need to touch a button. This automatically drops out when below this speed for precise loader work.


The TL 43.80 HF has some decent dimensions with a length of less than 5m, width of 2.3m with 400/80-24 tyres, and a turning radius of just 3.7m, while there’s a hefty rear counterweight to keep the bum on the ground.

The new handler sits on heavy-duty Dana Spicer axles with a limited slip differential and, as with all Bobcat loaders, the three-year/3,000-hour warranty is standard.  

Price and UK availability are yet to be announced.

Bobcat TL 43.80 HF

  • Engine Bobcat D34 or Perkins 1104D-E44TA
  • Power 130hp
  • Lifting capacity 4,300kg
  • Lift height 7,500mm
  • Horizontal reach 4,000mm
  • Speed 40km/hour
  • Hydraulic output 190 litre/min