New Bobcat Loaders
Bobcat Company rolls out its skid-steers and compact track loaders with improved hydraulic performance, cab innovations, and increased uptime.
S450 skid-steer loader
Bobcat is expanding its M-series skid-steer loader lineup with the launch of the new S450, which will replace the K-series S130. The hydraulics systems on the M-series loaders are designed for higher pressure at 3,300 psi, which provide a 22% increase in attachment performance. The S450 also features a hydraulic filter that lasts up to 1,000 hours.
The 49-hp. S450 is less than 5 feet wide, so it can operate in tight spaces. The radius-lift path loader has a low operating weight – about 5,000 pounds – and an optimal reach of 9 feet 2 inches. The rated operating capacity is 1,300 pounds.
For faster travel speeds, the S450 has an optional two-speed drive with a top speed of 6.5 mph in low range and 9.2 mph in high range when equipped with optional selectable joystick controls. The S450 joins the M-Series line, which includes the S510, S530, S550, S570, S590, S630, S650, S750, S770, and S850.
T450 track loader
Due to popular demand for a compact track loader in the 400-frame size, Bobcat is also introducing the T450. The machine’s rubber track undercarriage minimizes ground disturbance with just 4.7 psi. The T450 features a radius lift path with a reach of 9 feet 2 inches. The rated operating capacity at 35% of tip is 1,400 pounds and 2,000 pounds at 50% of tip. The hydraulics system operates at 3,300 psi for improved attachment use.
For the first time on this size loader, a two-speed drive system provides a maximum speed of 7.3 mph in low range and 11 mph in high range. The T450 is a 61-hp. machine, which represents a 25% increase in horsepower over the loader it replaces.
The T450 joins the M-series compact track loader line, which includes the T550, T590, T630, T650, T750, T770, and T870.
Upgrades to S450 and T450
Uptime protections on the new S450 and T450 include efficient machine cooling, a constant-tension drive belt, solid steel tailgate, and improved tie-downs. A specifically designed rear bumper extends past the tailgate to protect the machines from obstacles.
Visibility enhancements include a cab-forward design and larger side and rear windows. Options for the new loaders include air conditioning and a deluxe instrumentation panel, which intelligently monitors key loader functions. A 5-inch LCD screen makes it easy to read and understand the machine’s performance.
S450 and T450 owners can choose between standard foot-pedal and hand-lever hydraulic controls, the advanced control system, or the selectable joystick controls.
Non-DPF engine solution
The 1.8-liter engine in the S450 and the 2.4-liter engine in the T450 feature a Tier 4 nondiesel particulate filter (DPF) solution that was achieved by designing an ultra-low particulate combustion engine. A specifically designed engine combustion chamber significantly reduces the amounts of particulate matter while meeting Tier 4 requirements. To eliminate the need for a DPF, the new engines have increased torque.