New Bobcat backhoe for MEA, Russia and CIS
By Thomas Allen30 September 2020
Bobcat is looking to strengthen its position as a compact equipment supplier in the Middle East, Africa, Russia and the CIS countries with the introduction of its new R-Series B730 backhoe loader.
It replaces the company’s B700, B730 and B750 models, which marked Bobcat’s entry into the backhoe loader market in this region in 2016.
According to Roy Haaker, Vice president Sales & Marketing EMEA, Bobcat, backhoe loaders represent the biggest proportion of the compact equipment market in the CIS region.
Gaby Rhayem, Regional Director MEA, Bobcat, added to this, saying, “Our new generation R-series B730 backhoe loader… will allow us to gain market share and further improve our position throughout the region.”
Gustavo Otero, President EMEA, Bobcat, said, despite the significant impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on demand, “Bobcat continues to innovate and invest in new products.” He added that in the third quarter of 2020, most markets have started to recover.
Rental was highlighted as a key market for the new R-Series B730, which is available in a choice of configurations for different applications.
The engine cover has been designed as a single unit to make maintenance access easier. Daily checks can be made at ground level without raising the boom.
Also, a heavy-duty front grill protects the machine from damage.
The model is fitted with a new six-pillar cab that provides operators with a choice of control configuration: ISO, SAE or Cross (X) backhoe controls. The customer can build their preferred control pattern or change to pilot controls with a selectable control pattern, making it easier for operators to transition from one machine to another.
The multi-function loader lever, featured as standard, has the 6-in-1 bucket, differential lock and transmission disengage functions integrated into a single control grip. The same lever also assists with Return to Dig and Float operations for increased productivity.
Visibility around the machine is enhanced by the enlarged, sliding rear window and the angled side windows that have flat panes of glass for ease of replacement.
The R-Series B730 is powered by a Perkins 1104C-44T 100hp engine with a maximum torque of 408Nm, making the backhoe suitable for demanding applications.
The machine offers a shovel breakout force of 61.2kN and an arm breakout force of 57.9kN.
It is covered by a 2-year warranty as standard.