FIRST OF A NEW BREED
Bobcat introduces first skid-steers and compact track loaders with new Bobcat diesel engines
BY CHAD ELMORE
Bobcat Co.hasreleasedthefirst of its loaders to be equipped with its own Tier 4 final turbocharged diesel engines. The seven
medium-sized loaders that are part of
the 500 frame size range are the manufacturer’s most popular models.
Depending on machine, the company said the new engines will provide between 3. 2 to 12.4% more
torque than previous models, and it
does so over a wide 600 rpm band,
making it possible for operators to
better reach maximum productivity
with their machines.
“Having more power is the feature
I am most excited about with the new
engines,” said Chris Knipfer, market-
ing manager, Bobcat, West Fargo,
N.D. “When it comes to compact
equipment and in engines in general,
torque equals power. These engines
have more torque across the lineup,
so basically every Bobcat skid steer
and compact track loader above 22. 5
hp gets a torque increase.”
The introduction of Bobcat skid-
steer loaders — one of the truly iconic
machines of industry — equipped
with Bobcat engines is something
that has been speculated upon since
Doosan Infracore acquired Bobcat
from Ingersoll Rand in a $4.9 billion
deal in 2007. At the time, it was the
largest overseas acquisition made by
a Korean company.
The skid-steer loaders and compact
track loaders in the 500 series lineup
are powered by a Bobcat 2. 4 L diesel
engine. The 2. 4 L engine has six different performance settings that will
be used with ratings between 42 and
74 hp. The 500 frame size loaders
will make use of three of those performance settings and are rated 49, 61,
and 66 hp. Torque is 129, 166 and 181
lb.ft. at 1800 rpm.
The engines reach Tier 4 final emissions standards without a diesel particulate filter (DPF), the company said.
Cold weather protection, available on Bobcat’s 500 frame-size loaders such as this S590 skid-steer, help reduce wear and tear to its Bobcat
2. 4 L diesel engine.
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