OPERATOR COMFORT AND MANOEUVRABILITY
Bobcat has upgraded the features of its compact track and skid-steer loaders for EMEA market. Improvements in Bobcat compact loaders include auto ride control, heated cloth air ride seat, cloth suspension seat, cushioned cylinders, auto reversing fan, LED side lights, rear camera, and deluxe interior foot-pad.
The new auto ride control system improves operator comfort when driving with a load in the bucket especially on rough terrain. This feature lets the operator lock in travel at a speed of their choice, so that they only have to think about where they are going without feeling the need to avoid bumps or any other surface level obstacles. The heated cloth air ride seat is available on the Bobcat 600, 700 and 800 series compact loader models. This is an alternative to the previous air ride seat with a vinyl surface and further enhances operator comfort with the move to the cloth surface. On the 400 and 500 series models, Bobcat has also introduced the cloth suspension seat, replacing the air ride seat with a vinyl surface.
The incorporation of cushioned lift and tilt cylinders as standard offers advantages when the loader’s lift arms are lowered and/or the Bob-tach system tilted, and the cylinders move towards the end of a stroke, by restricting the hydraulic fluid from flowing out so that the cylinder is slowed down before it fully retracts. This slowing or cushioning effect increases overall performance and improves comfort, because the operator does not need to slow down the motion themselves when approaching the end of the stroke. In addition, cushioned cylinders soften the impact when the lift arms contact the mainframe, reducing noise in the workplace.
The auto reversing fan helps to keep the grill clean and to clear out dust that can clog the cooler. The LED side lights improve the operator’s all-round visibility from inside the cab. To enhance visibility to the rear, Bobcat has introduced the new rear camera kit, with the basic system combining a 4.3 inch display and a 118° tail-gate mounted camera. The deluxe interior foot-pad provides an improved foot area in deluxe interior versions of Bobcat loaders. This offers a fit and finish improvement, enhances cleaning ability and offers increased operator sound insulation.
Bobcat has also launched the S100E skidsteer loader in EMEA, an updated version of the company’s S100 model that meets the latest emissions regulations. Compact dimensions such as a height of 1878mm, length without attachment of 2262mm and width over the tyres of 1182mm allow the S100E to manoeuvre in confined spaces even in bad weather. A transverse-mounted Kubota V1505-T4FST5 diesel engine provides 18.2kw of power at 2300 RPM. The S100E offers a rated operating capacity of 457kg and a tipping load of 915kg.
The low operating weight with bucket of 1860kg allows for easy transportation of the S100E on a trailer. The engine power and hydraulic flow on the S100E are suitable for operating over 30 different Bobcat attachments.