Bobcat has introduced a new high performance loader in the shape of the 2.8 tonne, 45.5 kW (61 hp) T450. According to the company, the new machine fills the gap between its T100 and T590 machines once occupied by the no-longer produced T140. The new machine offers 25% greater power than the T140 and features hydraulic and hydrostatic efficiency improvements that Bobcat says result in significantly improved productivity.

The T450 uses a Bobcat D24 diesel that meets current Stage IIIB emission requirements using exhaust gas recirculation and diesel oxidation catalyst after-treatment without a diesel particulate filter.

High productivity results from the increased pressure of the hydraulic system which provides increased attachment performance - the T450 can be matched with over 80 different attachments and there are rear hydraulic auxiliary and 7-pin ACD connector options available. The T450 is equipped as standard with the quick-change Bob-Tach attachment mounting frame. However, customers can choose the optional Power Bob-Tach system to change non-hydraulic attachments simply by flipping a switch inside the cab.

Equipped with radial lift boom arms, the rated operating capacity of the T450 has been increased from 642 kg (1,413 lb) to 665 kg (1,463 lb), while the operating weight has been reduced from 2,990 kg (6,578 lb) to 2,789 kg 6,136 lb) against the T140. Thanks to its compact dimensions and lower weight, the T450 is easy to transport on a trailer towed by a light truck, 4 x 4, or all-terrain vehicle.

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