March 2014: Bobcat Company has announced the launch of its Bobcat® M-Series 500 skid-steer loaders and compact track loaders in Australia and New Zealand.
The versatile new range boasts superior durability, comfort and reliability and replaces the popular K series machines. The range includes the S510 (replacing the S150), the S530 (replacing the S175), the S550 (replacing the S160), the S570 (replacing the S185) and the S590 (replacing the S205). The T590 replaces the T190 compact track loader.
The loaders feature improved digging and pushing power with performance enhancements that provide users increased uptime and improved visibility. Best-in-class pressurised interiors help to keep users clean and comfortable while the cab-forward design moves the operator closer to the attachment and provides unmatched visibility in all directions.
The highly manoeuvrable Bobcat® M-Series 500 skid-steers have a two-speed option which boosts the loaders’ maximum speed. For hydraulic performance, the loaders are engineered for higher standard flow and pressure which give attachments more power. The hydraulic bucket positioning option keeps the loader bucket level as it is raised to reduce spillage.
Simple check points and superior design make it easier to perform maintenance correctly at the proper intervals.
Roger Baker, product manager with Bobcat Company, said, “With enhanced operation, maintenance and design, the re-engineered M-Series 500 loaders offer superior performance and improved visibility. The machine’s hydraulic systems work faster and stronger to increase operator performance. Design choices were made to ensure particular parts of the machinery need maintenance less often. The auxiliary hydraulic quick couplers on the 500 models are mounted to lift the arm’s front plate, which provides a sturdier mounting surface and better protection.”
Three control systems are available in the 500 models: foot pedals, the Bobcat® Advanced Control System (ACS) and the Selectable Joystick Controls (SJC). With the SJC, the machine can be operated in the ISO or H pattern. These handles move up and down in conjunction with the seat to reduce arm movement and operator fatigue. The joystick mounts also slide forward or backward to adjust to the preference of each individual operator. Similar to other M-Series loaders, the 500 models feature a 5-inch colour panel that allows the operator to monitor performance.
The 500 M-Series equipment also features an improved cooling system with superior protection, dual-path cooling efficiency and exclusive SmartFAN to keep the loader cool when working long hours. The new design makes it easier to clean out the cooling system by allowing the operator to clean the area between the oil cooler and radiator.