M2-Series Models Boost Productivity and Operator Comfort
In 1999, Bobcat Co. introduced the company’s compact track loader line, calling it the industry’s first American-made compact track loader with a solid-mounted undercarriage. Today’s Bobcat compact track loader lineup includes nine models with radial- and vertical-lift-path configurations — from the 56-in.-wide T450 to the 100-hp T870. On the large end, the T870 has a maximum lift height of 12 ft, making it the highest lifting compact track loader in the compact equipment industry, says Bobcat.
In fall 2016, Bobcat expanded on the popularity of its M-Series loaders with the M2-Series compact track loaders. M2-Series compact track loaders offer a variety of performance, operator comfort and visibility enhancements to help increase your productivity and provide enhanced uptime protection. The M2-Series lineup includes Bobcat 400-, 500-, 600-, 700- and 800-frame-size compact track loaders.
M2-Series loaders have been enhanced to increase operator comfort with the placement of new front and rear cab isolators, door seals and side screen dampers. These design elements reduce noise, vibration and dust inside the compact loader cab. Also, a lift cylinder cushioning feature slows down the loader arms before they reach the lift arm stops for smoother movements and increased comfort. A solid-mount undercarriage delivers easier track undercarriage clean out, better ride quality, improved rear clearance, interchangeable tracks and enhanced ground clearance, says Bobcat. The optional Roller Suspension system utilizes an all-steel suspension, which increases durability and provides a smooth ride.
Compact track loader options include two-speed travel to boost top travel speed by as much as 57 percent and reduce travel time across jobsites. An optional deluxe instrument panel helps to monitor machine performance, minimize downtime and improve productivity. For added comfort, an enclosed cab with heat and air conditioning is available.
Bobcat compact track loaders also provide a non-DPF solution which is achieved by designing an ultra-low particulate combustion (ULPC) engine. The ULPC is accomplished through a specially designed engine combustion chamber that significantly reduces the amounts of particulate matter created during combustion. Therefore, Tier 4 emissions compliance can be achieved without using a DPF.
Advice to Buyers
“Before moving up to a larger compact track loader, consider models with 74 hp or less,” says Mike Fitzgerald, loader product specialist with Bobcat Co. “Many manufacturers offer several models that offer similar performance to the larger horsepower models, but they do not require advanced Tier 4 diesel engine aftertreatment systems such as selective catalytic reduction [SCR] with diesel exhaust fluid [DEF], keeping in mind that certain compact track loaders meet Tier 4 compliance with a non-DPF solution.”