New Bobcat R2-Series E42 and E50 excavators feature improved low-effort joysticks that respond easily to operator input. - Photo courtesy of Bobcat

New Bobcat R2-Series E42 and E50 excavators feature improved low-effort joysticks that respond easily to operator input.

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Bobcat Company’s R2-Series compact excavators pack the digging power of a larger machine into a compact frame that can fit into small jobsites. The first R2-Series excavators to launch will include the Bobcat E42 and E50 compact excavators, and additional R2-Series excavators will be introduced later.

They feature a more efficient engine with improved cold-weather operation and include a variety of features that make maintenance and service more convenient.

The new excavators feature low-effort joysticks that respond easily to operator input, enabling longer operation with less fatigue. Bobcat joysticks provide quick and precise movement with low effort, while the new hydraulic control valve offers improved metering, finite movement and controllability for level grading, as well as fast cycle times.

New excavators feature dual-flange track rollers that extend the undercarriage structure closer to the track’s edge. The added stability features in this design results in an increase in lift-over-side capacity and improves over-the-side digging performance and slewing ability.

R2-Series E42 and E50 excavators will be equipped with a new cooling system with side-by-side heat exchangers. This feature controls engine compartment temperature more efficiently, improving performance and serviceability while protecting engine component life. Cleanout is easier, too. There is no need to separate coolers to remove debris or to wash out the coolers. It also generates less noise to enhance operator comfort.

New R2-Series E42 and E50 excavators are ready for the optional Bobcat depth check accessory kit for compact excavators. This kit minimizes the tendency to over- and under-dig.

QuickLook: Bobcat R2-Series E42 compact excavator

  • Horsepower: 42.6-hp Bobcat turbo-charged diesel engine
  • Operating weight: 9,830 lbs.
  • Maximum reach at ground level: 17.6 ft.
  • Maximum dig depth: 10.4 ft.
  • Maximum dump height: 12.3 ft.
  • Width: 72.8 in.
  • Auxiliary hydraulic flow: 20 gpm
  • Tail swing type: Conventional

QuickLook: Bobcat R2-Series E50 compact excavator

  • Horsepower: 49.7-hp Bobcat turbo-charged diesel engine
  • Operating weight: 11,357 lbs.
  • Maximum reach at ground level: 19.3 ft.
  • Maximum dig depth: 11.4 ft.
  • Maximum dump height: 12.8ft.
  • Width: 72.8 in.
  • Auxiliary hydraulic flow: 20 gpm
  • Tail swing type: Minimal