As a value-priced alternative to its new R-Series models, Bobcat is launching its M3-Series of skid steers and compact track loaders. The lineup will include four models: the S510 and S590 skid steers and the T550 and T595 compact track loaders.
Building off its present M2-Series, the M3-Series was "developed to specifically support customers who are looking for more practical features with pricing to match," says Bobcat.
The series comes with a standard adjustable suspension seat and large entry to accommodate different-sized operators. An enclosed, pressurized cab is also available. A dial hand throttle quickly adjusts engine speed, and fingertip controls ease attachment operation.
The cab includes a 12-volt power accessory for charging mobile devices. High-output halogen lights allow work in low light.
Powered by a 2.4-liter Bobcat turbo-charged engine ranging from 55 to 70 horsepower, M3-Series machines use a new fuel system, simplified configurations and have fewer ancillary options. The new fuel system makes low fuel levels more forgiving, Bobcat says. In addition, a robust engine combustion chamber handles more pressure, producing more usable horsepower and torque than those in competitive models.
The S510 and T550 models use a radius-lift path for maximum reach to the truck bed height. The vertical-lift path on the S590 and T595 gives these models higher lift capacity and the ability to achieve more reach at full lift height and keeps the load closer to the machine while the loader arms are raised, Bobcat says.
A self-priming pump and new fuel pre-filter improves cold-weather operation. The models also offer automatic machine shutdown, on-board diagnostics and battery run-down protection to monitor engine, hydraulic and battery functions. A new larger fuel filter offers better system protection and longer filter lift.
Bobcat's Bob-Tach attachment mounting system comes standard on the loaders; Power Bob-Tach, which allows users to change non-hydraulic attachments without leaving the cab, is an option.
Other options include Selectable Joystick Control, MaxControl Remote Operation, automatic ride control and hydraulic bucket positioning.