Bobcat R-Series compact loaders begins rollout

By: Chris McCullough and Andrew Hobbs

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Bobcat’s new R Series of compact loaders represents the most significant redesign of Bobcat loaders in the past 60 years.


The Bobcat R-series T66 loader. Operation is based on easy-to-use, low-effort joysticks

Bobcat has launched its R-Series skid-steer and compact track loaders as part of a new premium range of loaders for the company.

Australian Bobcat distributor Clark Equipment is starting to land inventory of the T66 and T76 compact track loaders and marketing manager Matthew Hammond says it’s an exciting change.

"We think it is taking Bobcat’s dominance in the loader industry to the next level, and it is going to be a big jump up – it is something the market hasn’t really seen," he says.

"Essentially it is a generational jump up from the M Series to the R Series – it is bringing in a lot of new technology and new features as standard."

Check out this 2013 story about the launch of the M Series here

The new R-Series models comprise the T66 and T76 compact track loaders and the S66 and S76 skid-steer loaders, all of which have been equipped with longer wheelbases and track footprints when compared to the M Series models.

The higher stability combined with enhanced efficiency from the hydraulics provides classleading push and breakout forces and increased lift capacity, resulting in higher productivity even on the toughest jobs.

The longer wheelbases and tracks also ensure a smoother ride. The new T66 and T76 compact track loaders have a solid undercarriage system as standard, but can be equipped with the optional 5-Link Torsion Suspension Undercarriage as an option guaranteeing an even better ride, tackling rough terrain with ease, feeling less bumps and avoiding material spillage.

Stability and productivity can be further enhanced by the optional Auto Ride Control feature available on all R-Series loaders. This feature reduces material spillage and also increases operator comfort by offering a smoother ride.


Available options include a clear-side cab, which has mesh-free side screens to aid visibility


All R-Series machines come as standard with a fully enclosed one-piece deluxe cab with HVAC, a 5-inch (12.7cm) Deluxe Display and an LED lighting system.

Available options are the Clear-Side cab, which has mesh-free side screens to aid visibility, a rearview camera that connects to both the standard 5-inch and the optional 7-inch (17.8cm) touch display, as well as the Premium LED light package.

The standard suspension seat can be replaced with a cloth heated air-ride seat option.

The new loaders feature a variety of performance, comfort and visibility enhancements to help provide customers with increased productivity. As a result, many previous options are now built into the new R-Series loaders as standard features.

Based on easy-to-use, low-effort joysticks, the SJC system provides the operator with Bobcat exclusive features and fingertip switches.

This automatically configures the loaders as tool carriers for working all day with the widest possible selection of Bobcat attachments, as well as providing increased operator comfort and unmatched joystick control of the loader itself.

Bobcat loaders product manager UK John Chattaway says the company has a long tradition of building tough loaders.

"This continues in the new R-Series loaders, which have been completely redesigned from the ground up with a focus on quality, reliability, durability and first-class comfort," he says.

"The new R-Series represents the next stage in the evolution of the compact equipment industry.

"The new R-Series loaders are also distinguished by a new naming system, which now uses two digits in the name rather than the three used in previous models. This also serves to separate the new R-Series loaders from our M-Series machines."

T66 and T76 models are arriving in Australia in limited numbers now. Contact Clark Equipment or your local Bobcat dealer for further information.

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