Bobcat Company introduced its brand-new 700 platform skid-steer loaders, compact track loaders, and all-wheel steer loader at World of Concrete in Las Vegas. The new M-Series 700 platform loaders replace the current K-Series models S250, S300, S330, T300, T320, and A300.
New machines include the S750 and S770 skid-steer loaders, the T750 and T770 compact track loaders, and the A770 all-wheel steer loader. All 700 platform machines have vertical lift path arms and a height-to-hinge pin measurement of 132 inches — 3.5 inches higher than the K-Series loaders. Additionally, the machines feature 23 gallons per minute standard hydraulic flow — 11 percent more than the K-Series.
The 700 platform loaders will have the same increased hydraulic performance as the other M-Series loader models, enabling them to efficiently accomplish more work, Bobcat stated. The hydraulic systems on M-Series loaders have been engineered for higher standard flow and pressure that give attachments more power to work more quickly.
New job-enhancing features were added to the optional deluxe instrumentation panel, Bobcat stated. Available only on M-Series machines, the panel intelligently monitors key loader functions, and the keyless start helps prevent theft. The new 5-inch, full-color LCD screen offers better readability and interaction. Virtual sweep gauges allow the operator to quickly read and understand the machine’s performance.
The auxiliary hydraulic quick couplers are mounted directly to the front plate of the lift arm to provide solid mounting, and hoses are routed through the loader arms for better protection. A guard bar extends in front of the coupler for added security.
Bobcat redesigned the cooling system on the M-Series for increased efficiency and higher performance. The new design also makes it easier to clean out the cooling system, with an oil cooler that swings up, allowing the operator to clean the area between the oil cooler and the radiator.
The 700 platform loaders, like other M-Series loader models, feature a cab-forward design that moves the operator closer to the attachment and provides visibility in all directions. The cab door threshold has been lowered and the overall surface of the door has increased more than 40 percent to provide improved visibility and make it easier for operators to enter and exit the cab.
Windows on the sides and rear of the cab have also been increased in size to provide more visibility to the tires and to the rear. The larger top window makes it easier and more comfortable for the operator to see the attachment with the lift arms raised, an advantage when loading trucks or performing other tasks.
Bobcat increased the size of the M-series cab by 10 percent, redesigned the interior to allow operators to adjust the environment to their individual preferences and improved cab pressurization. Other features include a new one-piece seal designed to keep out dust and dirt and engine mounts that improve isolation to reduce vibration and noise.
Bobcat M-series loaders have a best-in-class pressurized cab, with a new one-piece seal that goes all the way around the door and fits into a special curved pocket. This minimizes the amount of dirt and dust that might enter the cab, creating more enjoyable working conditions and making it easier to clean the cab.
The control levers on the optional Selectable Joystick Controls (SJC) move up and down in conjunction with the seat to reduce arm movement and fatigue as the operator controls the machine. The joystick mounts slide forward or backward to adjust to the preference of each individual operator.