It laid off welders and machinists and scheduled temporary shutdowns of its manufacturing plants this summer, but there’s no slowdown in product development at Bobcat.
The Fargo, N.D., company introduced the new M Series loaders recently. The four models -- the S630 and S650 skid-steer loader and the T630 and T650 compact track loaders – have bigger, more comfortable cabs; better visibility and more hydraulic power and are easier to maintain than any other loader on the market, according to the company.
I got to drive the new loaders at the company’s rollout for the media. (Tough job, right?)
I noticed the new models had more hydraulic power – which means you’ll be able to work faster.
They were also more comfortable. The cabs are 10% bigger and 60% quieter. (you’ll be able to hear your cell phone.) The cabs are also pressurized to keep out dust and dirt. Seats and controls are infinitely adjustable so you can find your own sweet spot for comfort.
I was also able to see. The seats are two inches closer to the attachments. The frame has been redesigned so there is 40% more glass area. I could see the edge of the front and back wheel or tracks easily. There are bigger, brighter lights for night work.
There’s even a cup holder, a radio and cell phone/MP3 player charging station.
For more information, see www.bobcat.com/loaders.