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New Bobcat 500 Platform Compact Loaders - page 2 of 3

The S530, S570, S590 and T590 models feature vertical lift path boom arms and are more suited to lift and carry as well as material-handling applications. The S530, S570, S590 and T590 models feature vertical lift path boom arms and are more suited to lift and carry as well as material-handling applications.

These have increased lift height compared to the previous generation of machines and, combined with an optimised lift arm design, provide operators with 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 materials.

As in the larger new generation loaders, these loaders incorporate a unique forward-positioned cab that moves the operator closer to the attachment and provides enhanced visibility all around the machine.

Bobcat in their statement say "The 500 platform loaders have the largest cab door opening on the market, offering superior visibility to the cutting edge of the bucket or the corners of an attachment."

This has been achieved by lowering the cab door and increasing the overall surface of the door by more than 40% to provide improved visibility and make it easier for operators to enter and exit the cab. The height of the cab has been increased to provide additional headroom, while still keeping the overall height of the machine under 2 m for accessing restricted height areas.

Windows on the sides and rear of the cab are larger, providing more visibility to the tyres/tracks and the back of the machine. The larger top window makes it easier and more comfortable for the operator to see an attachment with the lift arms raised, an advantage when loading trucks or performing other similar tasks.

Bobcat - 10% increase in size and over 30% increase in visibility, the cab on the new loaders Improved operator working environment

As well as the 10% increase in size and over 30% increase in visibility, the cab on the new loaders allows the operator to adjust the environment to individual preference with ample adjustment in seat and suspension to produce the most suitable working conditions.

The optional pressurization on the cab improves HVAC performance by 35%. It is based on a new one-piece seal that goes all the way around the door and fits into a special curved pocket. This minimises the amount of dirt and dust that might enter the cab, making it easier to clean.

Sound level in the cab has been reduced by 5 dBA, while the noise for bystanders has been lowered by 4 dBA. The overall result is the perception of a reduction in noise by over 50%.

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