Bobcat's E60, E80 Excavators

August 2009 Vol. 64 No. 8
The Bobcat E80.

When Bobcat engineers began work on the E60 and E80 excavators, they committed to a completely new design that set a high standard by increasing service intervals, operator comfort and durability.

Everything about the new excavators has been created to keep operators working longer, including a spacious cab and a top of the line seat to keep operators working comfortably and polymer shims to decrease wear on the lateral pins.

Daily greasing of the bushings at the boom, arm and bucket pivot is a thing of the past with these new excavators. The E60 and E80 service interval of greasing the bushings has been expanded to 250 hours.

The E60 and E80 offers a spacious cab with an operator seat that adjusts nine ways and a heating and air conditioning system that has true automotive style controls. These features have been designed to keep operators who spend many hours in their machines comfortable and productive.

The high capacity climate control system has true automotive style controls and vents in front of and to the rear of the operator, placing the air movement exactly where needed.

A fixed instrument panel on the right side of the cab is a central, easy to read display of all of the information the operator needs on machine performance.

Each E60 and E80 is delivered clamp ready for operators who want to quickly and easily add and use a clamp.

In addition to clamps, Bobcat provides a number of attachments available for use on the excavators. The pin coupler system, standard on the E60 and an option on the E80, allows the operator to quickly change between attachments. Bobcat also provides a platform for attachments previously used on the 442, allowing owners to use the attachments they already own on the E80.

Polymer shims are used in lateral joints to create tightness and prevent slop in attachments, such as buckets. Slop is created by wear on the pins, and the polymer shims used in the joints decrease pin wear and increase tightness in the attachment work group.

The E60 has a 50 horsepower engine and the E80 has a 57 horsepower engine, both of which are Interim Tier IV compliant. The engine control system on each excavator has an auto idle feature, reducing fuel consumption when the machine is not working. Engine rpm is controlled electronically so that the operator uses only as much engine power as necessary for the application. The quiet operation of the engine is also a benefit, as many cities and work areas are becoming more sensitive to construction noise.