Bobcat has launched a new range of backhoe loaders for sale in markets in the Middle East and Africa. Comprising four models – the B700, B730, B750 and B780 – the new Bobcat backhoe loader range offers a choice of different specifications for diverse applications in construction, utility, rental, roadworks, demolition, excavation, landscaping and agriculture.
All four models are powered by the Perkins 1104C-44T 4.4 l engine with direct fuel injection and a best-in- class output of 74,5 kW of power at 2 200rpm and maximum torque of 408Nm at 1 350rpm. The Perkins engine features a high-quality filtration system for longer life, and its single-side service components mean that maintenance and daily checks are easy to carry out as they are on the rest of the machine.
The units come with a standard two-year powertrain warranty .
There is a choice of four-speed synchroshuttle, powershift or auto powershift transmissions in the different models to meet various applications including those requiring a significant amount of directional changes on site. Gear shifts are smooth and precise and help to maximise fuel efficiency. This is combined with a top speed of 40km/h and extra added features/options such as return to dig, ride control and more for increased productivity.
All the models have an open centre hydraulic system and are equipped with tandem gear pumps with high flow capacities of 136l/min in the B700 and 154l/min in the B730, B750 and B780 models, respectively. An unloader valve is featured as standard on all the models as is the electrohydraulic differential lock, with a limited slip differential being used on the B730 and B750 models. All the new Bobcat backhoe loaders are supplied with class-leading Michelin tyres.
The B700 and B730 offer a choice of an open canopy or an enclosed cab, while the B750 and B780 are all equipped as standard with an enclosed cab. The cab is easy to enter/exit; has a fully adjustable operator’s seat with all the controls within close reach, leading to less fatigue through greater comfort and more productivity; a tiltable steering column; a high performing optional HVAC system and excellent all-round visibility for the operator.
The driver also benefits because they can learn to operate the loaders very quickly, with simple, ergonomic controls, clear dashboard layouts and audible and visual warnings for guidance. All four backhoe loaders are very manoeuvrable and they can easily negotiate obstacles on job site.
The B700 is an entry-level machine which includes many of the features of the next model in the range, the B730 – it is driven via a synchroshuttle transmission; it has ‘Cab and Canopy’ and ‘2WD or 4WD’ options; and it has a single loader bucket cylinder with a full cylinder diameter to increase breakout force and reduce maintenance costs with fewer hoses and fittings.
The B730 is driven through a standard powershift transmission, and controlled by mechanical levers – this model is equipped with 18 inch front tyres and has 2-wheel steer. Double loader bucket cylinders provide superior breakout force and reduce maintenance costs by using a bolt type cylinder head design. The B750 has the same features as the B730, except for 20 inch front tyres and a hydraulic joystick control system.
The B780 has the same features as the B750 and is driven through a standard auto powershift transmission, producing a highly manoeuvrable, 4 equal-sized wheel backhoe loader that can be steered using three different modes: 2-wheel steer, 4-wheel steer and crab steer.
The low-effort loader joystick controls in the B750 and B780 provide precise control and comfort to enable operators to work for longer periods and increase productivity.
Ground clearances of 385 mm in the B780 and 400 mm in the B700, B730 and B750, together with a 25° back ramp angle, provide excellent climbing performance over steep slopes.
Bobcat backhoe loaders are designed to provide easy and quick access to the engine compartment and other locations to service and maintain components at ground level by simply removing the side panels. Refuelling of the tanks is also accomplished from ground level and the tanks are protected with a lock matching with the ignition key.