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Semco Equipment Sales has released new Takeuchi models; three excavators and a new compact track loader.


This new 1.7 tonne model is ideal for contractors who may be familiar with the Takeuchi TB215 and TB216 models. It has been designed for operators who are looking for a heavier machine for greater ground stability, a short-reduced tail swing and extended reach for high performance on smaller access worksites.

Featuring a longer undercarriage, TB217R has a 1,130 mm arm, 4,000 mm maximum reach and a maximum dig depth of 2,390 mm. More important, this powerful excavator, like all the range, features Takeuchi’s legendary high-quality engineering and rugged construction designed to deliver a long and reliable life of high productivity.


An update to the very popular old model TB153FR, the 6-tonne operating weight TB257FR includes many new features as well as increased performance specifications. These include a unique side-to-side boom, 105LPM high flow auxiliary output, and an updated spacious cab with automotive style interior, integrated multi-function LCD dash panel, OPG level 2 roof guard and an LED night lighting kit.

This excavator’s Tier 4 39KW engine produces a 32 percent increase in power output over the previous model, as well as a 19 percent increase in traction force/pushing power. It includes other enhancements such as a handy retractable fuel transfer pump.


Aimed at filling a gap in the market, the 7-tonne TB370 represents the debut of Takeuchi’s next generation technology. The first of Takeuchi’s “3-Series” excavators includes features such as a large touch screen control panel that enables the user to operate virtually all the machine controls from this point.

The TB370 offers a whole raft of options which are generally only available on larger machines of around 20 tonnes. This model will appeal to operators of 5.5 tonne machines who are looking for a machine that satisfies the road transport regulation limits while providing a flexible 7-tonne machine.

A completely new design, the TB370 delivers 120LPM high flow auxiliary output with adjustable flow and pressure and a retractable fuel transfer pump. The spacious and comfortable cab has an automotive style interior, heated air suspension seat, 8-inch multi-function LCD dash panel with touch screen, a 270-degree camera, OPG level 2 roof guard and a high-performance LED night lighting kit


Completing the upgrade of the Takeuchi compact track loader range, the TL8R-2 design incorporates the latest advances for this rugged range.

The machine features larger and wider tracks and a quieter engine, a more comfortable cabin and improved controls, and instrumentation similar to the other recently released TL10V-2 and TL12V-2 and TL12R-2 models.

Like the TL10V-2, the new TL8R-2 loader features a wide 400 mm quiet track design with flotation tread. Another feature found on the TL8R-2 is creep mode with auto shift that enables more precise travel control when using some attachments, an hydraulic hitch, excavator style stowable sliding front door, updated spacious cab with automotive style interior, integrated multi-function LCD dash panel with reverse camera, OPG level 2 roof guard and a powerful LED night lighting kit. An optional 128LPM high flow is also available.


When Aaron Wilde decided it was time for him to branch out on his own as Azza’s Mini Diggers Pty Ltd, he investigated which type of equipment was going to be the best investment. He also wanted machinery which would let him perform excavation and earthworks tasks as quickly and efficiently as possible.

With some experience in operating small excavators, he had a clear idea of what he wanted; a gutsy compact excavator that would allow him to dig deep trenches for one of the local plumbing contractors and a high performance tracked compact loader to move material is off-site as quickly as possible.

After shopping around, Aaron decided to invest in a new Takeuchi TB 235 hydraulic excavator, followed soon after by the addition of a Takeuchi TL6R compact track loader.

“I have always been of the opinion that investing in the best equipment would be the most economical solution in the long run, as I have a lot of work to do and could not afford any downtime or letting my customers down”, Aaron said.

“Previously my small 1.8 tonne excavator was okay just doing small jobs for one of the local plumbing companies; digging trenches and preparing site works for that company. As the volume of work increased it became obvious that I was going to need a larger machine.

“The type of plumbing preparation work was being given dictated that I was going to need a machine with a higher level of digging capacity for both internal and external plumbing works for new residential developments.

‘’I chose the Takeuchi machines because I had heard many good reports about their performance and reliability from speaking with other people in the area who had been using them for many years. I decided that an investment in the best quality machinery made good sense if you’re going to be using it all the time and your income depends on it.

“While many different brands of machines look very similar on the surface, it’s only when you start looking at the detail of comfort, cabin controls materials, components, construction and overall engineering do you start to appreciate what you are getting for your money.

“The TB 235 has been a very productive machine for me. It operates faultlessly and performs every task that is needed. It has delivered everything I had hoped for and more and has already clocked 550 hours. The machine is often working for 10 to 12 hours a day absolutely no problems whatsoever.

“The Takeuchi TL6R tracked compact loader is also more than lived up to my expectations as another piece of essential equipment for my business. While it has only clocked around 40 hours to date it is proven to be a highly productive machine. I’m using this machine for cutting out for residential house pads and for cleaning up material on construction sites.


A great finance deal is good, but does it matter at the end of the day?

With variations in finance interest often amounting to the equivalent a cup of coffee a day over the length of the finance period, there’s no need for your equipment purchase decision to be dictated by the “deal.”

When you’re digging for a living, all that matters are keeping your customers happy and  there’s money in the bank.  According to Matt Peters of Truck N Track Excavations, the best way to achieve that objective is having tough, reliable machines that keep on going.

Matt started his business after moving on from employment as a mechanic with a major earthmoving equipment supplier. Having worked on a large range of machines, he had a good idea of what machine would be his preferred choice.

Proven, tough engineering

“I looked at a lot of machines but found the only one that came up to the performance and comfort I needed was a Takeuchi ”, Matt recalls. Looking for value, Matt didn’t hesitate in buying a Takeuchi TB 250 five tonne excavator that had clocked 5,000 hours.

“I was happy to buy the Takeuchi machine with 5,000 hours on it because I knew the major components would last a lot longer than this, and when needing replacement, the cost and will be minimal.

“The cab is incredibly spacious, well air-conditioned, controls are very precise, and the machine performs exactly as I need.  We have just finished a major project with the Newcastle light rail and the machine performed faultlessly. It was ideal for this application, particularly because of its 1840 mm wide track and impressive power.

“Engineering of Takeuchi equipment is virtually “ bullet proof” and easy to work on. Sound levels inside the cab are also quieter compared with other machines. There’s also easy access in and out of the cab, with good size grab handles for safety.

Controls are comfortable to handle and give you very precise operation; a real benefit when you are digging around telecommunications cables, gas lines, power and other highly expensive infrastructure.

“Some of my colleagues have wondered why I went ahead with the TB 250 purchase when there are so many apparently attractive finance options available for new gear.

“They eventually saw the sense of my decision when I explained that to have this amazing performance and productivity of the Takeuchi machine, the difference in financing was less than a cup of coffee a day!” Matt said.

TL10v2 track loader  

Soon after Matt acquired his TB 250 excavator it was time to update his track loader and went through a similar assessment exercise as when looking for the excavator.

“As with the excavator, the robust mechanical layout of the TL10v2 loader was a compelling point and one of the key factors in the decision. In fact, I have not seen anything else on the market that comes close in terms of value and powerful performance”, he said.

“The TL10V2 has amazing visibility; a tilt cab that lets you easily access the mechanicals underneath the cabin, while the swing-out rear panel makes it a breeze to access the rear engine compartment to service air filters and other engine components.

“When you look at a side-by-side comparison between the TL10V2 track loader and comparable brands you start to see the difference in the build and engineering. For example, the size and strength of the hydraulic cylinders; the thoughtful positioning and performance of the controls; the number of air vents for the air-conditioner, spaciousness of the cabin and overall visibility.

“The comfortable seating position is elevated and has plenty of headroom with ample area behind my seat to store the hard hat and pre-start books.

“With a slide-up front door, I feel safer knowing I can slide in and out in an emergency if needed, and access entry and exit is possible even with attachments connected. It’s also handy to tilt the cab when the boom is in the up or down position.

“It was also good to see there is a direct connection for a Norm rear ripper attachment, which I have since purchased. The high flow hydraulics with mechanical bleed-off actuators at the coupler point let me relieve the secondary system when performing maintenance.

“Another thing you notice straight away is the TL10V2  drives effortlessly in any direction , where some others tend to protest a bit on road surfaces, particularly on bitumen.

“On most new machines the reverse buzzer is run via the CAN Bus system and will only run a piezo reverse alarm. However, on most of my jobs a different sounding reversing squawker is needed. My new TL10v2 runs the reversing buzzer as direct current which means I don’t have to pay $900 for the privilege to run a non-OEM reverse alarm. There is also an outstanding lighting package and inbuilt reverse camera.

The bottom line

“Perhaps I’m more particular than many other operators, said Matt “because I look at everything in the machine: the way electricals are laid out, protected and insulated. And when you look at the hydraulics, you can really see the difference in the engineering design and why the Takeuchi machine will last such a long time without giving any problems.” Matt said.

“When purchasing equipment, you really need to look at the whole of life investment which is not only the machine. Takeuchi gives very little or no downtime, and its major components will last for a very long time and operate reliably.

“It’s false economy to let your buying decision to be based on price and finance. A Takeuchi machine that’s been properly maintained will last well beyond the end of your finance, letting you pocket more money by ensuring minimum downtime”, Matt concluded.

TL12R2 Impact Earthworx


Super tough and reliable TL12R2 delivers productivity for earthworks contractor.

Growing up in a family of earthworks contractors and a working life in the earthworks industry, it was a natural progression for Paul Azzopardi to set up his own contracting business four years ago.

As Impact Earthworx, Paul’s business provides site preparation earthworks with a focus on the newer and rapidly expanding residential subdivisions across Sydney’s north-western suburbs.

Rugged equipment needed

“When starting a new business, I knew that investing in rugged, reliable machinery was the best approach that would ensure I could deliver the service demanded by customers. You need to get the job done quickly, on time and need equipment that’s not going to burden you with costly downtime”, Paul said.

“My first machine was a Takeuchi TL250, a machine that performed perfectly for precision cutting out and levelling sites for foundations. We found it ideal for our type of work because of its strength of construction, power and versatility.”

When the time came for Paul to upgrade, he spent time checking out the latest machines to see if there were more productive options available.

“After looking around to compare the market, it quickly became apparent the obvious choice was the latest Takeuchi TL12R2. I was particularly attracted to the radial lift boom configuration which suits the way I work, together with the stronger breakout force compared with the earlier model.

“Basically, I can’t fault the machine. It has a lot more comfort than the earlier model and retains the durability of the TL250, a feature that tops my list of requirements.

Heavy bucket does the job

“The TL12R uses a Norm 4-in-1 pro bucket; great for our work because it’s bigger and heavier than the standard bucket. Being heavier, I can put more weight on the ground surface. It took a bit of getting used to, however once mastering it, I found you can get a lot more power into the ground. The bigger, heavier bucket lets you work more efficiently by using the full potential of the 81.8 kW power of the TL12R2 loader.

TL12R2 wit hripper bar“Adding the optional ripper bar has also proven to be a great decision as I can save considerable time by very quickly softening stubborn, impacted clay and earth to make the task of removing top layer spoil so much faster and with better precision.

“In terms of comfort, the cabin is a lot bigger than that of the TL250 and the air conditioning system works brilliantly. The controls are well laid out and so easy to use. I have looked at many other machines and have found their controls can’t compare with those of the Takeuchi machine.

“Takeuchi controls are unique and give you amazing feel for the machine, knowing it will respond accurately and instantly to whatever it is asked to perform. Most other machines don’t give you the same feel of the controls.

Really comfortable for the operator

“The protective screen is well designed for good visibility and having the new track makes the ride much more comfortable. Track rollers are now highly cushioned from ground impact and vibration by the 40 mm of rubber track backing that is in contact with the rollers. When you’re working the machine for hours, this makes a huge difference to how you feel at the end of the day”, Paul added.

Further information on the new Takeuchi TL12R2, and the complete range of Takeuchi machines is available at or 1300 024 157.



Kanga Excavation Services Pty Ltd has discovered this all-new compact excavator punches way above its weight.

The first Takeuchi TB225 compact excavator imported into Australia has been quickly snapped up by Stefan Millar of Kanga Excavation Services.

The company specializes in very tight excavation work associated with basement extensions and complex residential and commercial renovations. These jobs are often located in densely populated areas that have narrow streets, steep slopes and present a real challenge to access.

“When working to a client’s budget, it’s important to ensure no time is wasted. – We need to work quickly, to minimise the cost of trucks and skips, as well as avoiding disruption to traffic flow on busy roads”, said Stefan.

Productivity, reliability and high performance.

The purchase of theTB225 was not the first Takeuchi excavator for KangEx. The company has been operating several models, including an 1,180 Kg TB210R that was added to the fleet last year. The decision by KangEx to purchase another Takeuchi was based on the productivity, durability and reliability it experienced with its current machines.

“We needed another excavator, and when looking at the specifications of the TB225 it didn’t take much to convince us this new model would be the ideal solution. Rather than add a 1.7 tonne machine to the fleet, the TB225 promised to give productivity that represented a great return on investment.

“The Takeuchi TB225 is the world’s first 2.5 tonne-class excavator with tracks that retract to a narrow 1100 mm, meaning we can get this powerful machine into places which previously only a 1.7 tonne-class machine could access. A huge bonus is its astonishing lift capacity of 327 kilograms with the tracks extended out to 1500mm. Even with the tracks at 1100 mm, its lift capacity of 219 kilograms is still amazing!

Fully featured – advanced specifications

“This is a full specification machine, not just a basic excavator. It has adjustable hydraulic flow, auto deceleration, auto idle and pilot proportional controls. The TB225 is also extremely powerful. – It’s a magnificently built piece of equipment and it is obvious that Takeuchi has listened to customer feedback, as everything you could want in a compact excavator appears on this model.

“An example of this is seen on the TB225 where the manufacturer has incorporated robust tie-down lugs cast into the chassis and a super-handy lockable tool box that sits conveniently behind the operator’s seat.

“When you’re at the controls, it’s like operating a full-size excavator – a totally upscale experience from most other mini excavators. Takeuchi has clearly designed this machine to take the mini excavator to a whole new level and it’s helped our business productivity even more than we anticipated”, Stefan said.



Small but so powerful, with expandable tracks

Takeuchi has released its all-new TB225 2.3 tonne mini excavator, the latest model in its range of small machines designed to add productivity for earthmoving contractors, plumbers, electrical, data and telco services contractors.

Anyone who needs to excavate is always looking for more power to make their work more efficient, and this new model provides the answer. Its 1,330 cc 16.5 kW Yanmar diesel produces 16.5 kW of power; a significant increase in performance compared with earlier comparable Takeuchi models.

Largest with expandable tracks

The TB225 excavator has the advantage of being the largest machine in the market with retractable tracks that lets operators access very tight spaces, while being able to extend the machine’s footprint to provide maximum stability.

Track width can be reduced to a handy 1,100mm to access internal door openings and very narrow side access of structures. When the excavator’s tracks are fully expanded to 1,500mm, this provides the stability needed to get the optimum performance and productivity from the extra hydraulic power and boosted bucket digging force of 19.3 kN that enables the TB225 to tackle tough jobs.

Not only does the track expandability provide access and performance advantages; the long undercarriage has ground clearance of 190 mm and its 1,790 mm of track-to-ground contact makes for better flotation and adds further to the machine’s superior stability. Also, high gradient slopes are no longer a barrier to performance, thanks to the redesigned undercarriage that features triple-flanged rollers that keep the robust 250 mm wide rubber tracks in place to deliver positive traction.

Dual auxiliary hydraulic lines rated at SP1 and SP2 are standard, producing hydraulic flow at up to 38.5 litres per minute at 210 bar, operating three working pumps, including a dedicated slew/blade pump that improves operational speed and functional control.

Loads of features for added efficiency

In terms of reach and dig depth, the TB225 really delivers with its standard long arm for a digging depth of 2,580 mm. At ground level, the long arm enables the bucket to reach out to 4,240 mm and dump loads at a height of 2,875 mm.

The TB225 incorporates loads of other features that will make it to the top of the shopping list for many equipment operators. For example, auto engine idle helps to reduce fuel consumption and sound levels on the job, while the hydraulic detent function means you can pre-set flow to suit your attachment applications.

Other favourite features that will be appreciated by operators include proportional controls, smooth hydraulic pilot joystick controls that deliver precise action, two-speed travel with automatic shift, a blade that’s adjustable without tools, auto deceleration and a hydraulic piloted travel lever.

If you are planning to spend long days on a job, the new, spacious operator’s’ station design is a winner. A super-comfortable suspension seat with an adjustable head-rest will make long shifts a pleasure, even for operators of a chunky build.

When it comes to the daily service checks and other maintenance tasks, large lockable service covers let you access components at ground level and all daily service points are conveniently located so you can reach them easily. A handy, lockable toolbox sits neatly behind the operator’s seat.

If that’s not enough to tempt you to check out this high performance, not-so-mini excavator, this all new TB225 is still within the weight limit that lets you tow your machine behind a 3.5 tonne capacity ute.



Western Sydney contractor selects Takeuchi TL6R track loader for major residential development earthworks.

Sydney’s boom in large-scale residential development and construction has put deadline pressure on contractors to complete a high volume of work.

Earthworm Excavations is a contractor that provides comprehensive site preparation packages that include excavation and landscaping, concreting, fencing, infrastructure and other services.

“Our seven machines and 16 operators are kept very busy performing work on projects for some of Australia’s biggest names in large-tract residential development. So far, we have completed site works and landscaping for 200 new homes and we have many more to complete,” said Earthworm Excavations’ Dave Butfield.

“Checking out the market for some new equipment to give us improved productivity, we recently decided on purchasing the latest Takeuchi TL6R track loader. We have been using a skid steer for some time, however we wanted to see how a tracked loader would perform on our job sites.

“We needed a compact loader that was small enough to give us the flexibility on typical residential site development particularly with the ability to manoeuvre down driveways and into garage spaces. It’s a great size and fits inside the dimensions of house garages, which makes it a very versatile machine, using a 4-in-1 bucket and a broom attachment, the latter of which is used for cleaning roads at site exits.

“The pickup load capacity of 835 kilograms is excellent and even conservative. At this rated weight, the machine never feels under stress and there’s enough reach over the side of a bogie tipper for loading.

“The downside with some of the skid steers is the feeling of instability under a full load. On the other hand, the track machine feels more stable and safe, with the extra weight of all muscle in the back end thanks to an efficient and thoughtful design that eliminates need for a counterweight.

“From an operator’s viewpoint there’s heaps of room in the cabin. The air conditioner is very efficient and the sound level in the cabin is fine, even when working all day.

“We’re also happy the TL6R includes all the little extras such as pressure release valve, two speeds, extra hydraulics and a reversing camera.  Controls are all very easy and the hydraulic pilot control system gives the machine’s operator a comfortable, positive feel that enables very direct and precise operation”, said Dave.

Operator comfort

Also handy for safety is the TL6R’s large LED work lights for those times you really need to see your work in low-light visibility. For the operator’s comfort, there’s a full-size suspension high back seat that gives additional support and significantly reduces vibration for less fatigue and makes the work space more comfortable. Other comfort touches include cup holders, a phone charging port and a radio.

Great value

“The TL6R is great value for money and has definitely lived up to our expectations for power and productivity. It’s been worked solidly since day one on the job site and more than up to every task we have asked it to perform. It has demonstrated more pushing power than we have been accustomed to, particularly on muddy surfaces”, Dave concluded.



When it comes to all-round performance, contractors and operators are looking for the most compact equipment that’s going to reliably deliver the most power when using any ground-engaging tools and attachments.

The Takeuchi TL6R compact track loader has finally arrived and will satisfy the demands of owners of the highly popular TL120 and TL220 models, who have been eagerly waiting on the release of this gutsy new machine.

This is the latest model from this Japanese equipment manufacturer which has established a global reputation for its innovative, high quality engineering, superb performance and machines that provide superior operator comfort and investment value. Takeuchi pioneered the mini crawler loader, releasing their TL15 and TL 20 models in 1986…way before rubber tracks were introduced.

Advanced technology
Representing a significant advance in technology and construction compared with earlier models, the radial-lift Takeuchi TL6R compact track loader is small enough for easy truck or trailer loading for road transport to and from job sites. Despite its compact design, it packs a punch in the power department, while its cleverly designed cabin easily accommodates generously proportioned operators.

One of the first things you notice is the low-profile cabin height of 1975mm; low enough to allow the loader to be driven through the door openings in most residential carports and garages. This feature is great when a landscaper or plumbing contractor needs access to the back yard of an existing structure where materials need to be hauled from a street kerb.

Staying in control
Ask any operator and they’ll tell you that power and positive controls are what makes the job easier. The TL6R is equipped with a powerful tier 4 final 48kW engine. The loader’s active power control helps operators to maintain maximum engine power for optimal performance in all ground conditions and while using a range of attachments.

Takeuchi engineers have also focused on control systems by fitting the TL6R with a redesigned hydraulic pilot control system that gives the machine’s operator a comfortable, positive feel that enables very direct and precise operation. The Takeuchi joystick system has been widely regarded as one of the industry’s best and has been further refined in the TL6R.

The loader’s power plant enables the machine to comfortably handle an impressive 835kg operating load (rated at just 35 percent of tipping), while safety is first and foremost with the provision of a built-in reversing camera displaying an expansive view of what lies behind, via a large 5.7-inch LCD dash panel screen.

Reduction of cabin sound levels and vibration has also been a redesign objective, achieved by re-engineering an already sophisticated design undercarriage and quiet ride tracks.

Sharing a new undercarriage design with other recent model Takeuchi track loaders, the triple flange track rollers used in the TL6R have been redesigned to minimise the de-tracking risk for those times when an operator may forget to make wider turns, traverses slopes sideways or encounters other conditions that may cause this costly and time-consuming track issue.

Operator comfort
For low light conditions, illumination has been enhanced with large LED work lights that improve the level of low-light visibility, while reducing power consumption. For the operator’s comfort, a new design full-size suspension high back seat gives additional support and further reduces vibration to reduce fatigue and make the work space more comfortable. For operators completing a full day shift, there are cup holders, a phone charging port and a radio.

Changing attachments is also effortless by using the hydraulic quick hitch. The operator doesn’t have to manually unlock the hitch to change attachments. Additional efficiency is provided by a wiring harness that allows electrically controlled attachments to be plugged straight in without the added cost of wiring them into the machine.

Its size, power and features make the Takeuchi TL6R compact excavator the perfect choice for professional landscapers, builders, general contractors and rental companies.

The Takeuchi TL6R compact track loader at a glance:
• Total weight 3,530 kg
• Tipping load 2,390kg
• Machine width 153 cm
• Rated operating capacity 835 kg
• Bucket breakout force 326.4 kN
• Ground pressure 34.8 kPa



The first Takeuchi TB230 excavator in Australia was delivered about one year ago.

For the last 25 years, Fenech Groundworx has been preparing residential construction sites for building companies. They undertake concrete preparation works for driveways and footpaths. As well as working for builders, they carry out landscaping, concreting and retaining walls for home owners.

Last year, Steve Fenech took delivery of Australia’s first Takeuchi TB230 excavator. He expected it to produce the high performance needed to perform a wide variety of challenging tasks. Continue reading


Anyone in the market for a new track loader will be interested in this latest model from the Japanese manufacturer Takeuchi. Last year, the Australian distributor Semco released a vertical lift version of the successful Takeuchi TL12 model and now is following up with another vertical lift model, the TL10V2.

Weighing in at 4,585 kilograms, performance is characterised by greater lift arm and bucket break out force, making the TL10V2 one of the most capable track loaders in its class. Continue reading