The first models of R-Series loaders will be available in early 2020. R-Series loaders have been designed to be tougher with Bobcat lift arms featuring cast steel construction for increased material strength and rigidity. Cast steel puts more material where it’s needed, providing greater strength while enabling a slimmer-profile arm that also enhances visibility.
As operators rely on compact equipment to run longer and do bigger, more difficult jobs, better cooling is essential. The R-Series cooling system is completely redesigned for optimal operation and maximum uptime.
Comfort has been improved with features such as ergonomic controls with innovative instrumentation, automatic heat and air conditioning, a heated air ride seat with operator-controlled heat and a clear-side enclosure option to maximize visibility. Selectable Joystick Controls (SJC) with Drive Response Mode, Speed Management, Steering Drift Compensation and Horsepower Management help reduce operator fatigue. An optional touch display features a full-color 7-in. display, device connectivity, a USB power port and active noise canceling during phone calls.
The newly optimized geometry of the R-Series workgroup improves lift capacity throughout the loader’s range of motion. When it’s combined with the high hydraulic performance and sturdy, cast lift arms, operators will experience higher lift capacities throughout the lift cycle — even at full reach. Additionally, the extra lift height on R-Series loader models gives you increased capability for dumping into high-sided dump trucks and hoppers.
Features On Demand
Bobcat Company also launched Features On Demand for its new R-Series compact loaders. Features On Demand allows customers to purchase an R-Series compact loader that has the capability to activate a set of features per the customers’ request at the time they purchase the machine. After purchase, customers then have the flexibility to adapt their equipment with preinstalled hardware as their needs change.
Features that are included are high-flow auxiliary hydraulics, 2-Speed travel, reversing fan, dual-direction bucket positioning and automatic ride control. Ultimately, Features On Demand will offer customers a lower upfront cost, compared to buying a fully featured machine with features they won’t use right away, and lower expenses later to add these features to the machine.