Bobcat’s new re-engineered M-series – more, better, faster performance in a compact package

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Bobcat’s new re-engineered M-series – more, better, faster performance in a compact package

Bobcat Equipment South Africa (Pty) Ltd, part of the Goscor Group of Companies, an Imperial Company, proudly introduces the completely re-engineered, new generation compact M-series.

Power, performance, durability, ergonomics, maintenance and serviceability provide across-the-board superiority throughout the product range which includes the S510, S530, S550, S570, S590 and T590. “Nothing escaped our re-engineering; these loaders do more, better and faster,” says Michael Burns, National Sales and Marketing Manager at Bobcat Equipment South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

The superior design, heavy duty construction, component protection and rugged reliability of the new M-series will run up production and run down total cost of ownership on any site. The re-engineered hydraulics system which consists of a higher standard flow, combined with lower backpressure and high hydraulic pressure, results in 20% improved hydraulic efficiency. Improved attachment performance increases overall functionality by working faster and more efficiently. The increased tractive effort enables operators to push more and dig harder than ever before. Stronger hydraulics and better tractive effort also results in faster cycle times.

“The cab did not escape our re-engineering,” continues Burns. “With operator safety and comfort always taking precedence, cab space has been increased by 10%, giving more room all around. The cab is not only bigger but quieter with a 60% noise reduction which improves the working environment, jobsite communications and subsequently leads to better production. Noise and vibration are further isolated by the new engine mounts.”

The intelligent full-colour deluxe instrumentation panel with keyless start as well as monitoring and interactive functions further improve operation. Operation levels are clearly displayed on the new 7” (18cm) full-colour LED screen with easy-to-read virtual sweep gauges. Important controls like engine speed control and operator switches are located right in front of the operator, giving superior visibility to raised lift arms through the larger top window. The 14% larger window also increases visibility.

The new cab-forward moves the operator area closer to the attachment, giving a better vantage point of the work area. Bobcat loaders with enclosed cabs are air-conditioned and have a best-in-class, pressurised interior space that helps keep dust to a minimum. Increased light output of over 50% provides greater comfort and safety working brighter environment.

Turning to the all important aspects of cost savings, Burns says that end users’ objectives are to run down operational and total ownership costs and run up production costs. “The new M-Series presents numerous cost saving features; the cooling system has been re-engineered for improved performance and extended machine life while increased fuel capacity extends operation time.”

“The M-series is unsurpassed when it comes to ease and speed of maintenance. With easy access to routine maintenance points, daily maintenance can be done quickly,” says Burns. “The swing open tailgate and the transverse mounted engine provide one-sided serviceability. The cab tilt provides straightforward access to the hydraulics as well as to routine and long term maintenance points. Burns adds that these loaders do not require any belt adjustments, including the drive and alternator belts.

According to Burns, the rugged Bobcat chaincase is the only maintenance free chaincase in the industry, with an exclusive bow-tie drive train design, fixed axle tubes, stronger axles and fully sealed bearings. The pre-stressed #80 high-strength oval chains (HSOC) with no master link, thick side-link plates and hardened pins are 38% stronger than other products currently available on the market. Burns also points out that the chains never require adjustment which means no stoppage time. “The permanently sealed and lubricated Bobcat rollers and idlers do not require routine maintenance saves the end user more time and money.”

“The re-engineered features of the Bobcat M-Series combine reliable, high performance with low input costs to provide a sustainable solution for any customer who demands top performance in a compact package,” concludes Burns.

Bobcat will display a range of compact equipment and attachments at bauma Africa 2013 on two stands – inside Hall 5 (stand #321) as well as outside (C61).

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