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Skid-Steer Loaders: Equipment Spotlight
Skid steer loaders from Bobcat, John Deere, Volvo CE, Caterpillar and Case.
With a rated operating capacity of 3,875 pounds and an operating weight of 10,008 pounds, the S850 is now the largest Bobcat skid-steer loader. Thanks to vertical-style lift arms, the S850 offers a lift height of 144 inches; given it the most lift height of any Bobcat loader. It is powered by a 92-hp water-cooled diesel engine. Routine maintenance on the S850 has been minimized to enhance operator productivity. The redesigned cooling system makes it easier to clean out the cooling system, with an oil cooler that swings up, allowing the operator to clean the areas between the oil cooler and radiator. Operators have the choice between standard hand/foot controls or the new Selectable Joystick Controls. The control levers on the optional Selectable Joystick Controls 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. bobcat.com
The new 328E skid steer boasts 25 percent more floor space than previous models and for easy hydraulic attachment, John Deere added connect-under-pressure auxiliary couplers. The engine side shields now can be installed more securely with the improved design. Customers asked for automotive-style courtesy lighting, so now lights can be preset to stay on for up to a 90-second interval before shutting down after the operator exits the machine. Options include electrohydraulic (EH) controls you can switch to ISO, H-pattern, or foot pedal controls for operation with the push of a button. Plus, the 328E features more power while maintaining our patented vertical-lift boom for exceptional lift height and reach. And its EPA Interim Tier 4 engine features automatic cleaning without impacting machine operation in most conditions. 800.503.3373, deere.com