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Old 10-21-2014, 02:34 AM
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Takeuchi TL8

Well I have finally decided to replace my TL130 with a new TL8.

My Taki has been a brilliant performer and pushes, lifts and performs like a much bigger machine. It has been a close decision between the Taki and both the Kubota SVL75 and Bobcat T630, but in the end I am comfortable with the Taki's design and performance.

Has anyone here had any experience with running the new TL8's. They have only just arrived in Australia and non available for field testing yet.

I am keen to just get confirmation as to the performance of the new machine, specifically in respect to the previous TL130's and the other short listed machines.

Thanks for your help in advance
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:53 AM
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I demoed a tl12 and loved the performance. Just a few things I didn't like that I couldn't get over:

-LOUD, couldn't hear the radio when operating at anything over 75% throttle and had a headache at the end of the day
-My knee kept riding on the joystick tower on the left side and since its a sharp corner with not operator adjustability I had a bruise and sore there the next day
-Didn't like the gated drive control, it didn't let you operate as smoothly as other designs.
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