Bobcat has launched its L23 and L28 small articulated loaders (SALs).
According to the company, the new range offers high lift capacities in confined spaces, ease-of-use with simple, intuitive controls and low ground disturbance for working on any terrain.
Designed and built by Bobcat at its North American facilities, the new SALs offer impressive stability and tipping loads of up to 1.39 tonne.
According to the company, it is easy to place loads with the SALs over trenches and pavements, a task that is further enhanced by the excellent all-around visibility on both machines.
Compared to machine weight, the high lift capacities are ideal for heavy lift and carry operations in confined areas.
The extendable boom on the L28 provides more options for easy placement of loads, and counterweight options allow the user to customise the capacity to the application.
With a width of just over one metre combined with a tight turning radius, the machine’s compact size allows Bobcat SALs to “work easily even in tricky and hard to reach areas”.
Despite their robust construction, the SALs are also built to be light enough for easy transportation.
John Chattaway, loaders product manager at Bobcat, said: “SALs pack a serious punch in a compact, lightweight package that is wonderfully easy to operate, making them a powerful and handy multi-purpose tool for a wide range of applications.”
“Both the L23 and L28 are 25 HP machines with intuitive controls that make them ideal for almost any user to operate, appealing to an even wider customer base and extending the reach of Bobcat loader products.”
“The key attributes that SAL users are looking for are a high lifting capacity coupled with stability and low ground disturbance as these machines are mainly used in load and carry applications.”
“Bobcat brings to this market the company’s years of experience in the loader business, enabling us to build machines that are safe, reliable, and very durable. This adds up to a quality of machine not matched by our competitors.”
Easy-to-use operation and controls
Bobcat SALs are available with canopy and cab versions, which the company have specially designed to provide extra space where needed for easy entry, exit and operator comfort.
“The controls are intuitive for all levels of operator experience, and an enclosed cab and heated seat are available for colder climates.”
A simple, intuitive twin-pedal design on the SALs enables quick and easy direction changes: one pedal moves the machine forward, the other puts it into reverse.
These travel controls are easy for operators to master, making the SAL a great choice for seasonal employees or rental customers. Furthermore, it also convenient and simple for operators who need to master controls for multiple machines.
In addition to its impressive lift capacity, the L28 has a telescoping lift arm that extends the lifting height and reach.
“It also includes an innovative dual-cylinder design that keeps the load level as the operator moves the bucket and handles materials at height.”
“The telescopic cylinder is synchronized with a hydraulic levelling link, providing assistance with levelling and helping to prevent spillage over the back of the bucket, again greatly improving ease-of-use and productivity.”
To ensure the new SALs are “truly multi-purpose” machines, Bobcat has developed a special version of the proprietary Bob-Tach® attachment mounting system allowing the use of both S70/MT55 and S100/S450 approved attachments.
The dependable, in-line mounted high torque engine is Stage V certified but mechanically governed so that it can be used in all regions.
According to the company, an efficient cooling system on the SALs offers improved operation and component protection for class-leading performance.
Two traction modes
Specifically designed not to damage surfaces, Bobcat SALs achieve very minimal ground disturbance not only using an articulated joint, which enables the rear tyres to match the front tyre path when turning, but also the turf-safe mode that limits wheel slippage.
Depending on the operating conditions, Bobcat SALs automatically enable one of two traction modes:
- High-Traction Mode for control over rough and slippery terrain;
- Turf-Safe Mode for the least possible ground disturbance.
In the High-Traction Mode, when the steering wheel is not turning, improved traction provides excellent control and mobility over rough or slippery terrain.
The Turf-Safe Mode allows active steering and keeps the wheels from scrubbing on the ground, causing the least possible ground disturbance. In addition, an optional traction assist, similar to a differential lock, enables the operator to momentarily override the automatic modes to travel through adverse conditions at the touch of a switch.