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New Bobcat 500 Platform Compact Loaders - page 3 of 3

Customers have a choice between standard foot pedal hydraulic controls, the optional Advanced Control System (ACS) or the Selectable Joystick Controls (SJC), also an option.

The standard foot pedals control the lift and tilt through mechanical linkage. The ACS lets the operator use a dash-mounted switch to instantly select between advanced hand control or advanced foot control of lift and tilt functions.

The low effort control levers of the SJC 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 requirements of each individual operator.

The cab is radio ready with a 12 volt power outlet for charging mobile phones and other devices, a cup holder, added storage compartments and an option new full-colour deluxe instrument panels.

The new panel intelligently monitors key loader functions, while a keyless start helps prevent theft. The 5-inch, full-colour LCD screen offers better readability and interaction. Easy-to-read virtual sweep gauges allow the operator to quickly read and understand the machine’s performance.

Outside, there is a 50% increase in the front work lights output using optimised reflectors and lenses. The cab is also equipped with front door and rear window emergency removal handles.

In all Bobcat new generation loaders, the hydraulic quick coupler block is integrated and protected in the lift arm and hoses are routed through the loader arms for better protection. A guard bar extends in front of the coupler for added security.
Increased hydraulic power

The new series of loaders have increased hydraulic performance over their predecessors and have been engineered for higher standard flow and pressure, for better breakout forces and to give attachments more power to work with.

A reduced number of hydraulic connections lowers the potential for leaks, which are further reduced by replacing 45 and 90 degree connections with straight fittings wherever possible, to ensure better alignment of fittings, hoses and tube lines.

In each model, size, power and displacement are matched to the loader’s rated operating capacity, balance and weight to maximise operating efficient.

The swing-open tailgate provides excellent serviceability of the loaders which is also enhanced by an easily accessible box-style air filter and a transversely mounted engine. The tip-up cab design allows ready access to important hydraulic componentTo ensure that operators spend minimal time on routine maintenance, the loaders are designed to work long hours in demanding conditions. Simple check points and superior design make it easier to perform routine maintenance at the proper intervals.

An integrated rear bumper protects the tailgate, whilst the solid steel tailgate prevents items from penetrating the engine compartment.

The swing-open tailgate provides excellent serviceability of the loaders which is also enhanced by an easily accessible box-style air filter and a transversely mounted engine. The tip-up cab design allows ready access to important hydraulic components. Changing the hydraulic oil filtration from 90 to 10 microns significantly reduces the risk of contamination.

The skid-steer loader models offer a two-speed option which boosts the maximum travel speed from 11.8 km/h in low range to 17.3 km/h in high range. An hydraulic bucket positioning option keeps the loader bucket level as the lift arms travel upward, reducing spillage during lift and carry operations.

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