Range-topping MF telehandler reaches new heights

Agco-owned Massey Ferguson has launched a new range-topping telehandler, the TH80.43, that can lift to a heady 7.5m.

The main change from the smaller Bobcat-derived loader range is a new boom, which is 500mm longer and has a new headstock design that uses a Z-shape linkage, offering an extra 13deg (49deg total) of tipping angle and 5deg more on the crowd function.

Along with the new lift height, maximum lift capacity now tops out at 4,300kg, an increase of 700kg on the previous range-topping TH.7038, while capacity at full extension is now 1,600kg.

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Also new is Massey’s Boom Control System, which allows hydraulic flow adjustment for more precise operation, with the boom end stops being cushioned as standard.

Load-sensing hydraulics offer 190 litres/min flow on all functions, while the larger diameter (160mm) cylinder helps increase lift capacities.

Dimensions of the new machine remain the same as the smaller models, keeping it under 5m in length and 2.36m in width.

The Doosan 3.4-litre four-cylinder engine churns out 130hp and has no DPF to worry about, while there is an eco mode to help reduce fuel consumption.

The hydrostatic transmission can be used with a speed control system, meaning the operator can set forward speed independently of engine rpm, ideal for yard brushes or other implements requiring high flow rates.

Other features include automatic parking brake that disengages under acceleration, automatic boom suspension and a digital dashboard, with the base price of the TH80.43 sitting at £77,522.

Keep an eye out for Farmers Weekly‘s forthcoming test of Bobcat’s new-range topping loader, which will give a pretty good idea of what the Massey model is like.

Specs: Massey Ferguson TH.8043

  • Engine Doosan 3.4-litre
  • Power 130hp
  • Transmission Two-range hydrostatic
  • Hydraulics 190 litres/min
  • Lift height 7.5m
  • Lift capacity 4,300kg
  • Price £77,522