FARMERS that operate skid-steer loaders will find Bobcat’s new R-Series Stage V compact models extremely versatile and efficient.

The new R-Series models comprise the S66 and S76 skid-steer loaders and the T66 and T76 compact track loaders.

To ensure optimum performance and comfort, the stability of both types of loaders has been further improved with longer wheelbases and track footprints compared to the previous generation machines.

The higher stability combined with enhanced efficiency from the hydraulics provides class leading push and breakout forces and increased lift capacity, resulting in higher productivity even on the toughest jobs.

The longer wheelbases and tracks also ensure a smoother ride. The new T66 and T76 compact track loaders have a solid undercarriage system as standard, but can be equipped with the optional five link torsion suspension undercarriage as an option, a feature which guarantees a smoother ride, tackling rough terrain with ease, feeling fewer bumps and avoiding material spillage.

Stability and productivity can be further enhanced by the optional 'Auto Ride Control' feature available on all R-Series loaders. This can help reduce material spillage and also improves operator comfort by offering a smoother ride.

Compact and hard-working – the R series from Bobcat

Compact and hard-working – the R series from Bobcat

One-piece cab

All R-Series machines come as standard with a fully enclosed one-piece deluxe cab with HVAC, a five-inch 'deluxe display' and an LED lighting system.

Available options are the Clear-Side cab, which has mesh-free side screens to aid visibility, a rear-view camera that connects to both the standard five inch and the optional seven inch touch display, as well as a 'premium' LED light package. The standard suspension seat can be replaced with a cloth heated air-ride seat option.

The new loaders feature a variety of performance, comfort and visibility enhancements to help provide customers with increased productivity. As a result, many previous options are now built into the new R-Series loaders as standard features.

Standard set up on all the new R-Series loaders is the SJC system. Manual hand and foot controls are available as a no-cost option on the S66 and S76 skid-steer loaders.

Based on easy-to-use, low-effort joysticks, the SJC system provides the operator with Bobcat-exclusive features and fingertip switches. This automatically configures the loaders as tool carriers for working all day with the widest possible selection of Bobcat attachments, as well as providing increased operator comfort and unmatched joystick control of the loader itself.

John Chattaway, Bobcat loaders product manager said: “Utilising decades of experience, Bobcat has always made the toughest market-leading loaders on the planet.

“This continues in the new R-Series loaders, which have been completely redesigned from the ground up with a focus on quality, reliability, durability and first-class comfort. The new R-Series represents the next stage in the evolution of the compact equipment industry.

“The new R-Series loaders are also distinguished by a new naming system, which now uses two digits in the name rather than the three used in previous models. This also serves to separate the new R-Series loaders from our M-Series machines,” he said.