Bobcat launches new 500 series compact loaders
Six new platform compact loader models for Middle East markets
Bobcat has launched a new range of 500 series platform compact loaders, comprising six new models destined for markets in the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.
According to parent company Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment, the new machines are intended to cement Bobcat’s leadership of the skid-steer and compact tracked loader market worldwide. Nearly one out of every two skid-steer loaders on the market is a Bobcat machine, said the company.
The new 500 platform loaders replace the existing S150, S160, S175, S185, S205 and T190 loaders, and consist of the S510, S530, S550, S570 and S590 skid-steer loaders and the T590 compact tracked loader.
The complete redesign mimics some of the improvements in the 600, 700 and 800 platform models launched in the past two years. The 500 family features improved visibility, power, and traction, with greater lift capacity, faster cycle times, and higher breakout forces. Overall performance and cycle times are up by around 16% on the previous models.
As expected, the machines are compatible with Bobcat's wide range of attachments, while the hydraulic system means improved power for attachments. The S530 and T590 will be first shown at the Rental Show 2013 in Las Vegas in February, where the S530 skid-steer loader will be equipped with a soil conditioner, and the T590 compact track loader will be equipped with a bucket grapple attachment.
Operators will benefit from a reduced number of hydraulic connections, which means less potential for leaks, and check points and other features are designed make it easier to perform routine maintenance on the machine at the proper intervals.