New features for 500-series compact loaders
By Chris Sleight03 February 2014
ConExpo-Con/Agg will see Bobcat plans to launch its first Tier 4 Final-compliant compact loaders. Built around its 500-series frame, the seven-model range comprises the S510, S550 and T550 radial lift path loaders, which are suited to digging and dumping applications, and the S530, S570, S590 and T590 vertical lift path models, which are better for loading at height.
These machines offer rated capacities up to 998 kg, and come with several new features such as a machine protection system that monitors, manages and shuts down the engine if there is a problem like coolant or oil temperatures getting too high. Meanwhile, a cold weather protection system limits maximum engine revs to prevent damage if oil temperatures are too low.
Another interesting feature is that despite stringent new emissions laws, the machines’ engines do not require any bulky aftertreatment systems, such as a diesel particulate filter (DPF), to meet pollution limits. The company said this was accomplished through a specially designed engine combustion chamber that reduces the amounts of particulate matter created during combustion.