All-new Bobcat utility vehicles offer improved performance and productivity
June 14, 2010 By Mike Jiggens
From inspecting fence on a farm or acreage to hauling tools and people
around a construction site, efficiency is key to a productive job. The
all-new line of Bobcat® utility vehicles is designed to deliver the
power and performance needed to handle any job-related task with ease.
Every aspect of the new Bobcat utility vehicles has been designed to help customers get more work done in less time. Increased power, speed, payload capacity and uptime are all key features built into the all-new design. And like all Bobcat compact equipment, the utility vehicles are versatile jobsite machines that can reach areas where larger equipment can’t fit.
Four models available at launch
The new Bobcat line of utility vehicles launches with four models — the 3200, 3400, 3400XL and 3450. Features range from two-wheel drive to the four-wheel drive, attachment-ready 3450. Additional options and accessories are available to customize the new utility vehicles to fit each customer’s unique needs.
Power and performance to get the job done
Several improvements have been made to the new Bobcat utility vehicles, including performance enhancements such as more responsive acceleration, better payload capacities and increased horsepower and top speeds, and electronic fuel-injected gas 4×4 models that start easier and run more reliably in higher altitudes.
Increased payloads, acceleration and top speeds are the direct result of the new horsepower ratings in both the gas and diesel engines — ranging from 24.8 hp to 32 hp. This means customers can quickly haul tools, materials and people — up to six in the 3400XL with bench seating — across job sites or other large areas such as athletic fields or farms. The quicker the tools and people get to the task at hand, the quicker the work is complete.
Operators can easily flip a switch to select from one-wheel (Turf Mode), two-wheel or four-wheel drive on the Bobcat 4×4 models to best match the driving conditions. When the front wheels are engaged in the 4×4 mode, all four wheels receive torque for maximum traction.
Operator comfort and ease of use
Operators and passengers will ride in comfort as the four-wheel independent suspension provides a smooth ride and improves the Bobcat utility vehicle’s agility over rough terrain. Other comfort features include lower sound levels, two-passenger bucket seating (dealer-installed bench seat also available) and a dealer-installed cab and heat for working in cold or windy climates.
These features and others, such as easy-to-see instrumentation, a single-latch tailgate and easy-to-clean cargo box, make Bobcat utility vehicles intuitive to use. With ease-of-use and superior comfort, operators will be able to get more work done quickly — whether they are monitoring livestock or clearing snow.
Uptime and easy maintenance to keep working
If a vehicle isn’t running, it isn’t working. Bobcat utility vehicles feature durable components and protective parts for maximum uptime and easy upkeep, including the sealed continuously variable transmission (CVT) guard, full skid plate, front and rear constant velocity CV boot shields and a radiator guard. The vehicles also feature a composite cargo box that resists corrosion, unlike steel or aluminum. Day-to-day maintenance checks are easy to perform with quick access to the engine compartment, air filter and battery.
Liquid-cooled engines in Bobcat utility vehicles protect critical engine components from overheating, which also results in more power and performance from the machine because components are kept cooler at higher engine speeds.
Attachment readiness and maximum versatility
To meet jobsite needs, the 3450 can use up to five front-mounted attachments with the exclusive RapidLink™ attachment mounting system. Choose from a bucket, pallet fork, mower, snow blade or Whisker push broom to do anything from clearing sidewalks of snow and debris to moving dirt or palleted materials. Maximum lift height is 2 feet and rated operating capacity is 500 pounds.
Other options are available to match the utility vehicle to specific task-related demands, such as an optional brush guard, powered cargo box lift, strobe lights, turn signals and backup alarms. The integrated accessory system is designed into the cargo box allows a number of accessories to quickly and easily be mounted to the vehicle. The accessories include a tool holder, cargo box divider, cargo box wall extensions, as well as a number of other task-related accessories. Hunting enthusiasts can choose a limited edition package, including a brush guard, powered cargo box lift, black rims, green color scheme, and gun scabbard mount with dual gun boots.
Bobcat utility vehicles a match for all tasks
The new family of Bobcat utility vehicles is a great match for farmers and homeowners with acreage, construction and landscape contractors, and facility and maintenance professionals of all types.
For nursery and grounds maintenance crews
Even the smallest tasks require the right people and tools to get accomplished. The all-new Bobcat utility vehicles make moving around a large facility or nursery possible, with room for up to six people in the 3400XL with optional bench seating. The cargo box and towing capabilities mean crews will never be without the necessary tools to get their work done. From planting, moving and maintaining trees and plants, to clearing away snow, leaves and debris, Bobcat utility vehicles give crews the versatility needed to quickly accomplish each task and move on to the next to keep facilities operating smoothly and looking great.
Hauling tools/supplies on the construction or landscape site
A jobsite full of equipment and construction materials can be a tight fit, but the all-new Bobcat utility vehicles are compact enough to move with ease, all while carrying crew members, tools and materials. With a 1,600-pound or 1,850-pound vehicle rated capacity and a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds, the utility vehicles can tow or haul the necessary items to complete a task, quickly moving on to the next. The 3450 has the ability to switch between five attachments to complete additional work and keep larger equipment focused on larger jobs. The ability to efficiently and quickly complete jobsite tasks means increased productivity and a better bottom line.
Visit http://www.bobcat.com for more information on the all-new family of Bobcat utility vehicles.
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