Bobcat Upgrades 700, 800 M-Series Loaders

March 2013, Vol. 68 No. 3

A new hydraulic control valve allows use of the tilt function — rolling out or rolling back an attachment — regardless of auxiliary system pressure. This change makes it easier to operate attachments like planers, wheel saws, grapples, tillers, etc.

All deluxe instrument panels in M-Series loaders, including 600 frame-size loaders not affected by iT4 in 2012, will provide simplified navigation and more in-depth information regarding operator and machine performance. Operators can set three different drive response modes and select them with simple push-button controls in the left panel information area.

The 5-inch, full-color LCD screen now offers a display screen titled “Machine Performance,” which provides three functions — viewed only by owner-level individuals — to assist with monitoring key data to determine productivity rates by operators and other project metrics. Those functions include user login information, overall job statistics and user job statistics.

New screens viewed by all users include vital information such as real-time fuel consumption and emissions data. A simplified panel viewed by all users, includes simple universal icons such as “Home” screen button.

As with all iT4 emissions controls technologies, it is important to remember that only ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel may be used in iT4 compliant 700 and 800 frame-size loaders. Sulfur is a significant contributor to pollutants that exist in diesel engine exhaust, and iT4 engines are dependent on ULSD, which has significantly less sulfur compared with prior diesel fuels (15 ppm versus 500 ppm). Sulfur amounts that exceed those contained in ULSD will damage or ruin key exhaust system components, requiring replacement or costly repairs.

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