Plant specialist Mecalac Construction Equipment UK is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its backhoe loader.
Originally licenced under the Massey Fergusson Agriculture brand, the company’s Coventry manufacturing facility has assembled thousands of models since the very first unit rolled off production in 1959.
60 years later, each backhoe features a whole host of technologies all designed to maximise efficiency, safety and comfort for the operator. For 2019, key updates have included the introduction of direct drive transmission (which passes the drive shaft through the centre of the torque converter to optimise output), Auto Ride Control (which automatically engages/disengages the ride control dependant on machine speed) and the option of powered sideshift on the TLB890 and TLB990.
To celebrate the anniversary Mecalac has announced the introduction of a special offer campaign – a number of Mecalac backhoe models will feature a limited edition decal and attractive finance support packages. Paul Macpherson, UK Sales and Marketing Director at Mecalac CEUK, commented: “Since developing our very first backhoe loader unit in 1959, we’ve been hugely proud to manufacture some of the market’s most acclaimed machines.
“Renowned for excellent build quality and impressive performance – all at a highly affordable price point – our backhoes are the perfect addition to any job site. With 60 years manufacturing experience, we’re confident that the latest range ticks every box for the owner and operator.”
The Mecalac backhoe loader portfolio comprises three models – the TLB870, TLB890 and top-of-the-range TLB990:
TLB870 – Mecalac’s entry-level backhoe. The 74hp water-cooled engine delivers smooth and efficient operation, while powerful hydraulics make light work of tough tasks.
TLB890 – The TLB890 combines the power of a wheel loader and the versatility of a compact excavator.
TLB990 – The top-of-the-range TLB990 features including Mecalac’s four-wheel steering system and crab steer mode.