Bobcat redesigns compact loader line
By Jenny Lescohier07 February 2020
Bobcat Company announced its largest redesign of a core product in the company’s history with the launch of the all-new R-Series compact loaders at World of Concrete 2020 in Las Vegas, NV in the US.
The first R-Series loaders to launch include the Bobcat T76 compact track loader and the S76 skid-steer loader. Additional R-Series loaders from Bobcat will be introduced at a later date this year.
Bobcat senior product manager Jorge De Hoyos said the new loaders are equipped with redesigned lift arms for increased lifting capability. New lift arms feature cast steel sections that provide greater strength while enabling a slimmer profile arm that also enhances visibility.
R-Series loaders have a redesigned cooling system for optimal operation and maximum uptime, De Hoyos said. These improvements have significantly reduced operating temperatures of key components, providing increased reliability and durability, according to the manufacturer. In addition, the fan size has been increased by approximately 50 percent, which achieves more cooling at a slower rotation.
The optional clear-side enclosure and mesh-free windows allow operators to see the sides of the machine and maneuver more confidently, De Hoyos said. R-Series loaders come standard with LED lights for far-reaching visibility in low-light situations. Operators can also upgrade to optional premium LED lights which wrap around the cab’s upper corners to illuminate more of the jobsite. An optional back-up camera also gives an optimal view of the jobsite.
The new cab design is a one-piece, sealed and pressurized design for operator comfort and improved service access. Bobcat said the design repels dust and dirt in the cab, helping to isolate engine and hydraulic noise, and enhances the efficiency of optional heating and air conditioning. When it’s time for maintenance or repairs, the entire R-series cab rotates out of the way to provide improved service access – with hardware on the cab exterior for easy removal.