Smooth power for new generation minis

By Becca Wilkins01 June 2009

New to the Bobcat range is the new generation of three and a half tonne machines including the 3,2 tonne E32 conventional tail swing and the 3,5 tonne E35 zero tail swing models.

The new excavators combine maximum productivity with the ability to carry out jobs with precision and fingertip control, the company said.

"The load sense piston pump and the closed centre valve enable exceptionally fine metering of hydraulic flow for smooth, precise control of machine functions, while reducing hydraulic noise. The boom and dipper arm cylinders are cushioned to provide a smooth, end-of stroke operation," a spokesman for Bobcat said.

A thumb-operated boom offset control on the left joystick improves control of the boom swing function while providing more floor space for the operator. This feature is in contrast to the pedal control used on many excavators of the 3 tonne class, Bobcat stated.

"An important new feature which provides smooth travel in all operating conditions is the auto-shift travel motor which allows an automatic transition from the low to high speed range or vice versa. The operator can select the auto-shift feature via a rocker switch on the right hand dashboard." Alternatively, the auto-shift can be disengaged and the operator can use the switch located on the blade control lever to select the desired travel speed.

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