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Breaking New Ground

Updated: 03/07/2013 @ 9:06am

Need a utility vehicle that can handle a 1,250 lb. load and tow 2,000 lbs. yet has the added comforts in the cab to keep you cozy in the winter and cool in the summer? Do you also want a machine that will take attachments to a new level?

The Bobcat 3600 or 3650 utility vehicle, which has been co-developed with Polaris, may be the machine you’ve been looking for. “The 3600 meets the needs of customers who want the benefits of a hydrostatic drive utility vehicle,” says Bobcat’s Brad Claus. “Since it is the industry’s first utility vehicle with the ability to operate PTO-driven front-mounted attachments, the 3650 will take attachment capabilities to a new level.”
Why go hydro?
According to Claus, there are three reasons Bobcat chose to go hydro. “Compared to a constant velocity transmission (CVT), the hydrostatic drive system with a two-speed motor improves durability without compromising speed,” he explains.

The second benefit comes through the travel control pedal, which makes it easier to change directions because there are no levers to move.

“Another characteristic of the hydrostatic system is the dynamic braking,” he says. “It occurs when the operator releases pressure on the travel pedal.”

As the operator lets up on the pedal, a valve in the drive motor closes and blocks the flow of oil. In turn, it slows the machine down at a similar rate. This feature also makes the machine easier to control when it’s carrying a load.

PTO-driven attachments
Both machines get their might from a 24.8-hp diesel engine, which is not a lot of horsepower to work with when it comes to powering attachments.

“We wanted to manage and optimize that horsepower,” says Claus. “The mechanical PTO system we’re using to power the front-mounted attachments on the 3650 allows customers to get excellent attachment performance out of a 24.8-hp product.”

The 3650 can power a snowblower, mower and angle broom as well as non-PTO attachments like a snow blade, pallet fork and bucket.

Another key feature on the 3650 is the ability to operate the throttle independent of the travel control pedal. “This capability allows the operator to set the engine speed with a throttle rather than having to use the accelerator pedal to increase engine rpm,” explains Claus.

In the cab

Whether it’s a cold winter morning or a hot summer afternoon, the heating and cooling options for the cab let you work in comfort. Customize your cab even further by adding options like windows, doors and roofs to meet the specific conditions of your operation.

As an added bonus, the entire modular cab construction can be assembled and disassembled in about 30 minutes. 

Depending on model and options, vehicles will be priced between $15,000 to $25,000.

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