Bobcat Co. introduces seven models to the 500 frame-size skid-steer and compact track loaders — its most popular size class. Upgrades include increased visibility, a more comfortable cab and easier serviceability to maximize jobsite efficiency. The new machines are the S510, S530, S550, S570 and S590 skid-steer loaders, and the T550 and T590 compact track loaders.
The S510, S550 and T550 feature a radius lift path, providing operators the reach and visibility they require for dumping over a wall, backfilling or loading flatbed trucks. The S530, S570, S590 and T590 models feature a vertical lift path, providing operators the ability to lift heavier loads higher, making it easier to clear high-sided truck boxes and hoppers, as well as placing pallets loaded with heavy material.
The 500 frame-size loaders feature a cab-forward design that not only gives the machines a different look, but also moves the operator closer to the attachment and provides improved visibility in all directions. The cab door threshold has been lowered and the overall surface of the door has increased more than 40 percent to provide improved visibility and make it easier for operators to enter and exit the cab. The height of the cab has increased to provide additional headroom, while still keeping the overall machine size small enough to operate in tight spaces.
The 500 frame-size loaders have increased hydraulic performance over their predecessors, giving them higher standard flow and pressure to operate attachments more quickly. Size, horsepower and cubic-inch displacement are matched to the loader’s rated operating capacity, balance and weight.
New job-enhancing features were added to the optional deluxe instrumentation panel. Available only on M-Series loaders, the panel intelligently monitors key loader functions, and the keyless start helps prevent theft. www.bobcat.com