LAS VEGAS–Bobcat introduced the seven medium-frame size skid-steer and compact track loader in its 500 Series back in late October 2012, after all seven models began limited production in September with full availability that began at dealerships in January.
The new machines include the S510, S530, S550, S570 and S590 skid-steer loaders, and the T550 and T590 compact track loaders. The S510, S550 and T550feature 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 M-Series vertical lift path machines feature an increased lift height over the equivalent K-Series models.
Bobcat showcased machines from the 500 Series at World of Concrete 2013. Mike Fitzgerald of Bobcat was kind enough to give me the opportunity to conduct an exclusive video interview and walkaround of the S590 at the show.
Check out the raw footage shot on the show floor at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUIzeZg008w&feature=share&list=UUccsoEaLLZUJh9JLNFuJ7JQ. You may also go to YouTube! and check out the BetterRoadsmag YouTube! channel for additional videos or if you’d rather not click on the link. –by Tina Grady Barbaccia, Executive Editor, Better Roads, reporting live from the World of Concrete 2013