Bobcat intros first R-series compact excavators
Bobcat has introduced the first models in the R-series line of compact excavators, with the release of the new E32 and E35.
Bobcat says the E32 and E35 are just the beginning of the R-Series, with additional models to be released at a later date. The R-Series are suited to a variety of roles, but especially those where larger equipment can’t fit or tasks that had been previously completed by hand.
The new R-series models are driven by 18.5kW Tier 4 diesel engines as standard, with the R35 also available with a 25kW option.
The R-series improves the mini-excavators’ stability with a standard dual-flange track roller system. The system allows operators to dig over the side of the machine with greater confidence by extending the undercarriage structure closer to the track’s edge.
Bobcat has redesigned the operators’ cab and increased window surface area by 15 percent, improving visibility. Floor space in the R series cab has also been increased by 29 percent over previous models, with redesigned floor pedals that can fold away to give even more foot space.
Operators are able to switch between standard controls and ISO controls with the flick of a switch below the operators’ seat. The second auxiliary selector switch has also been repositioned to allow users to toggle between the second auxiliary and the boom offset without removing their hand from the left joystick.
The R-series design maintains a wide-open access panel to the engine and daily maintenance points, to minimise downtime. A new greaseless pin join in the boom swing also means one less greasing item.
Transporting the R-series excavators has also been made easier with the addition of four-point machine tie-down locations that are easily visible, so operators can quickly attach the machines to a trailer to move on to the next job.
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