Bobcat T40180 deployed for sea wall repairs
The Bobcat telehandler is being used as an alternative to scaffolding by specialists repairing the Jersey sea wall
A Bobcat T40180 has been enlisted to support repairs at Jersey’s sea wall.
With a high and low watermark range of up to 12m during spring, Jersey has the fourth largest tidal movement in the world, so the 19th Century coastal defences play a key role in protecting the bailiwick.
The 18m-reach Bobcat telehandler, which has been supplied by equipment rental firm, 4hire, is being used by those repairing the wall as a mobile alternative to scaffolding.
“The use of the Bobcat telehandler avoids the many problems caused by the tidal flow, such as the tide washing away supports on the scaffolding,” explained the US-headquartered equipment maker.
“The solution, based around the Bobcat T40180 telehandler provided by 4Hire, allows sea defence repairs to be carried out around tidal flow with easy operation, ease of use, and cost savings,” Bobcat added.
The telehandler has been equipped with a man-platform attachment, providing easy access for those tasked with repairing the wall. Specialists are using the machine to facilitate a variety of repairs, such as the maintenance and upkeep of rock armouring.
The T40180 is the largest model in Bobcat’s range of rigid-frame telehandlers. The model, which can lift up to four tonnes in weight, has a reach of 17.52m, and boasts a maximum lifting height of 16.2m when operated on tyres alone.
The sea wall repairs were commissioned by Jersey’s Environment and Public Services Committee, and form part of the body’s hard-engineered approach to the maintenance of the island’s sea defences.