Equipment

A Telehandler With a Broader Reach

January 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

by Staff

The V519 VersaHandler telescopic tool carrier features a two-stage boom with a reach of more than 10 feet and a lift height of 19 feet. Photo courtesy of Bobcat Company
The V519 VersaHandler telescopic tool carrier features a two-stage boom with a reach of more than 10 feet and a lift height of 19 feet. Photo courtesy of Bobcat Company

The Bobcat V519 VersaHandler telescopic tool carrier is built for applications requiring a compact machine that features a two-stage boom with a reach of more than 10 feet and a lift height of 19 feet.

The V519, which can lift up to 5,500 lbs., is powered by a 74-hp Bobcat D34 Tier 4-compliant diesel engine. The engine doesn’t require use of a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to meet Tier 4 emission standards.

The machine builds off the success of previous Bobcat telescopic tool carriers, also known as telehandlers. The new model provides improvements in operator comfort, visibility, controls, and ease of maintenance, according to Bobcat Company. The V519 is designed with a standard two-speed hydrostatic drive system and can operate standard and hydraulic-powered attachments.

Simplified Controls for Greater Productivity

When a job calls for full auxiliary hydraulic flow without full travel speed, a speed management feature allows the operator to dial in a percentage of the normal speed. The operator adjusts the desired travel speed with plus and minus buttons located on the joystick. This feature is especially helpful for operators using hydraulically powered attachments, such as angle brooms and snow blowers.

The full-function joystick features include the travel direction switch, boom up and down, carriage tilt, auxiliary control (to fine-tune hydraulic flow with the outside thumb roller switch), and an extension function (to telescope the two-stage boom in and out to meet reach needs).

“You can raise, lower, extend, retract, roll out, curl back, run the hydraulic-driven attachments — all on one joystick,” explained Tom Connor, product specialist for Bobcat Company. “And on top of that, you also have the forward and reverse selector switch there. You can keep one hand on the joystick to control all of those functions and keep the other hand on the steering wheel.”

The Bobcat display panel in the V519 cab resembles panels installed in Bobcat compact loaders and compact excavators. Photo courtesy of Bobcat Company
The Bobcat display panel in the V519 cab resembles panels installed in Bobcat compact loaders and compact excavators. Photo courtesy of Bobcat Company

In-Fleet Attachment Sharing

Additionally, the Bob-Tach attachment mounting system provides a mechanism for quick attachment changes. The V519 is approved for use with a wide range of standard and hydraulic-powered Bobcat attachments — from rock buckets to heavy-duty snow blades.

“This allows the sharing of many attachments in a fleet situation,” Connor pointed out.

Cab enhancements include greater visibility around the machine and a lower threshold to step into or out of the machine. “You don’t have to climb into the cab; you almost step into it,” Connor said. “So the entry/exit is less fatiguing.”

Ease of maintenance is another plus. Operators can easily access routine maintenance items through the side engine cover and rear access panel.

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