Bobcat Launches 2012 Light Construction Machines

Light construction products from the skid steer giant include a revamped line of air compressors, generators, pressure washers, plate compactors and rammers

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Bobcat has announced its 2012 lineup of light construction products, featuring a revamped line of air compressors, generators and pressure washers, as well as compaction equipment, including plate compactors and upright rammers. Powered by fuel-efficient, Honda engines, these durable models are designed to provide reliable performance for jobsite development and cleanup operations.

Air compressors
Three portable air compressor units supported by durable frames and strong cylinders provide power for pneumatic tools. The 8-gallon models feature cast iron compressors and puncture-proof tires. Two single-stage compressor pump models, including a 5-gallon unit offering 4.1 cfm at 100 psi and an 8-gallon model delivering 13.1 cfm at 100 psi, make up the smaller units. Rounding out the air compressor line is an 8-gallon two-stage unit that provides 17.2 cfm at 175 psi.

A team of three generators with outputs of 3,000, 4,000 and 7,500 watts provide power for remote electricity generation needs. All models feature low-oil shutdown, large low-tone mufflers to reduce noise and USDA/USFS-approved spark arrestors. The heavy-duty frames increase durability, yet the lightweight design can be easily wheel- mounted or transferred to vehicles for transporting.

Pressure washers
The redesigned tire-mounted Bobcat pressure washer line features two portable cold water gasoline direct-drive models with 3,000 and 3,400 psi, respectively, for routine cleanups and wash jobs. Those units are joined by one portable hot water gasoline direct-drive model delivering 3,500 psi, and two electric models; a direct-drive unit that offers 1,500 psi and a belt-drive model that operates at 3,000 psi.

Vibratory plate compactors
Engineered with high centrifugal forces, the BC15, BC19 and BC22 single-direction vibratory plate compactors effectively and efficiently compact granular soils and crushed aggregates to depths of 12 to 16.5 inches. The units are also equipped with a water sprinkler system with removable water tanks for the compaction of hot mix asphalt.

The BC15 delivers 3,400 pounds of centrifugal force from a compact frame using a 17-by-22-inch plate. The BC19 has a 20-by-22-inch plate and compacts with 4,000 pounds of centrifugal force. The BC22 has a 22-by-22-inch plate and offers the highest compaction rate with 5,700 pounds of centrifugal force. These compaction units range in operating weight from 150 pounds to 220 pounds, allowing them to remain highly maneuverable and portable.

Upright rammers

Two upright rammer models, the BR55 and BR72, offer a low center of gravity and a lightweight design for backfilling and narrow trench compaction. The rammers’ impact force is applied to material by a durable steel-plated wooden foot that measures 9 inches by 13 inches on the BR55 and 11 inches by 13 inches on the BR72. The BR55 provides an impact force of 2,600 pounds, while the BR72 delivers 3,400 pounds of force. Both ramming tools provide powerful compaction in a small, self-balanced design that stands under 44 inches off the ground.

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