Bobcat Skid-Steer Loader Works Easily in Tight Jobsites

Staff | September 28, 2010

Bobcat Company's S70, the smallest model in the company's line of skid-steer loaders, replaces Model 463. The unit is useful for work in tight jobsites because of its dimensions of 71.4 inches high, 35.4 inches wide and 75.5 inches long without attachment.

The S70 can fit in many areas where other equipment can not, whether it is passing through gates on landscape sites, driving through narrow side-yards on a construction job or working in the confined space of barns in agriculture applications.

With a rated operating capacity of 700 pounds, the loader is powered by a 23.5-horsepower diesel engine that powers a fully hydrostatic, four-wheel drive system with a travel speed of 6.1 miles-per-hour. With an operating weight of 2,845 pounds, it is also easy to transport.

The loader also incorporates new features including an updated engine mount, hydrostatic pump centering and belt drive system. The engine mount reduces vibration in the machine for greater operator comfort plus the hydrostatic pump centering is based on a similar setup in Bobcat mini track loaders and uses a tension spring instead of a torsion spring, reducing maintenance and increasing uptime.

The belt tensioner features more robust components and a simpler design that uses technology from larger Bobcat loaders. A micro, serpentine-style V belt is used in the belt tensioner system, which is more durable and decreases maintenance time.

Indicator lights for the Bobcat Interlock Control System (BICS) have been moved from the rear of the cab to the right-hand instrument panel requiring that the operator be seated in the loader with the seat bar down and the engine running before the hydraulic lift, tilt and the traction drive system can be operated. Auxiliary hydraulics will also deactivate when the operator raises the seat bar.

The S70 includes the Bob-Tach™ attachment system and a 14-pin attachment control kit. Thirty five attachments can be used on the unit to assist customers in performing a variety of labor-saving tasks.

Other features include a transversely mounted engine and a tip-up cab for easier access when the machine needs to be serviced; a center-mounted, maintenance-free chaincase which allows the unit to travel through deep mud and other areas more easily because of its keel-shaped belly pan; and axle housings are fixed and welded to the chaincase to eliminate maintenance related to tightening bolts or other chain adjustments.