Bobcat updates M series loaders
Bobcat has given the popular M series compact track loaders and skid-steers a mid-generation update with the release of the M2 series.
Bobcat says the refinements added to the M2 series are primarily aimed at improving operator comfort.
One of the most noticeable additions to the new models is the ‘low-effort’ controls. A new hydrostatic pump system reduces the level of control-lever effort needed by as much as 25 per cent, improving operator fatigue levels.
Noise exposure for operators has also been an area of improvement on the M2 series, with larger front and rear cab isolators to suppress machine sound. Rubber isolators sitting between the cab and the loader frame help dampen vibration further and the cab’s door seal has been redesigned to be a tighter fit.
An automatic ride control system also helps reduce operator fatigue and allows travel at faster speeds across rough terrain.
The system works by detecting increased hydraulic lift arm pressure when the loader is carrying material. It then adjusts the dampening around the lift arms to cushion movement, providing a smoother ride and reducing material spillage.
The system can also manually be switched off for back-dragging tasks.
A new feature on the M2 loaders is the option of a reversing fan for dusty or light-material applications. The fan can be controlled manually or set to automatic and will reverse direction to clear debris from the rear screen.
Bobcat has also added new safety features during the update, with a side lighting kit now available comprised of LED light bars that can be switched on and off from within the cab. The company says each light bar can generate 800 lumens of light.
At this stage we haven’t had confirmation of the M2 Series’ availability in Australia from local supplier Clark Equipment.
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