Four Bobcat skid-steer and compact track loaders get performance upgrade
The new Bobcat R-Series loaders offer greater lift capacities and higher lift heights than their predecessors
Bobcat Company has added four new, 60 frame size vertical lift path loaders to the R-Series lineup. The T64 and T66 compact track loaders and S64 and S66 skid-steer loaders will join the T76 compact track loaders and S76 skid-steer loaders.
The T64 and S64 have 68 hp engines and 2,300-pound rated operating capacity. The T66 and S66 models have 74 hp engines and 2,450- and 2,400-pound rated operating capacity, respectively.
While maintaining a compact frame, the new Bobcat R-Series loaders have upgraded performance with greater lift capacities and higher lift heights than their M- and M2-Series predecessors.
Increased lift capabilities
R-Series 60 frame-size loaders are equipped with redesigned lift arms featuring cast-steel segments for increased strength and lifting capability. The R-Series lift arms are stronger in key areas, yet slimmer to ensure optimal performance and increased visibility. The lift arms, combined with the optimized lift arm linkage, ensure that operators can handle more challenging jobs with greater confidence and ease.
Improved cooling system
As operators require compact equipment to run longer and do bigger, more difficult jobs, better cooling is essential. The R-Series cooling system is completely redesigned for optimal operation and maximum uptime. Key R-Series cooling system improvements include a larger, higher-capacity radiator; fan size that has increased by approximately 50 percent, which achieves more cooling at a slower rotation; and a tailgate with heavy-duty steel louvers allowing for optimal airflow while still providing a frontline defense against jobsite debris.
R-Series loaders bring more comfort to challenging jobs with their enhanced visibility, comfortable controls, numerous options and roomy environment. A new, clear-side enclosure option reduces steel mesh screens from the side windows, allowing operators a clearer view to the sides of the machine to help maneuver more confidently. In addition, the arm linkage has been repositioned to the rear of the machine, allowing the best possible view to the wheels or tracks.
R-Series loaders come standard with front and rear LED lights for far-reaching visibility in low-light situations. Operators can also upgrade to optional premium LED lights that wrap around the cab's upper corners or add side LED lights. R-Series 60 frame-size loaders come rear-camera ready; the rear camera integrates seamlessly with in-cab displays to provide an on-demand, automatic or continuous rear view.
One-piece, sealed and pressurized cab
The new one-piece, sealed and pressurized cab design provides a near-seamless interior for a new level of operator comfort and improved service access. The roomier design offers a sealed and pressurized environment that repels dust and dirt in the cab, isolates the operator from engine and hydraulic noise, and enhances the efficiency of 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.
Redesigned Bobcat inline engine and durable direct-drive system
The R-Series 60 frame-size models offer a redesigned 2.4-litre Tier 4 Bobcat engine. The new inline engine design and a durable direct-drive system offer high performance in a compact machine profile. This redesigned Bobcat engine meets Tier 4 regulations without a diesel particulate filter (DPF), reducing downtime that occurs with DPF regeneration and long-term DPF maintenance costs. Bobcat engines feature a robust combustion chamber that handles more pressure and produces more torque than ever before, meaning better performance for pushing, digging, lifting and operating attachments.
Cast-steel attachment mounting system
A new cast-steel Bob-Tach attachment mounting system provides a stronger connection point with more metal where it's really needed. It has fewer welds overall, plus openings that allow dirt and debris to pass through. Altogether, it provides solid, reliable attachment connections, plus less debris buildup.
A five-inch display is standard and an optional seven-inch display with Bluetooth is available. Push-button controls are positioned at eye level and the protected battery has remote jumpstart. A new, larger fuel filter enables better system protection and longer filter life and adjustment-free engine belts offer quick, easy serviceability.
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