Bobcat has launched the company’s new L23 and L28 small articulated loaders (SAL).
The new SALs continue Bobcat’s expansion in the compact wheel loader market.
The firm now claims to have the largest loader portfolio of any manufacturer in the world.
Designed and built by Bobcat at the company’s North American facilities, the new SALs offer tipping loads of up to 1.39t.
Bobcat says the high lift capacities compared with machine weight are ideal operations in confined areas.
Both models are powered by the same 25hp in-line mounted high-torque Stage V engine and both have a maximum forward speed of just over 13km/h.
Weighing in at 1,791kg, the smaller L23 has a tipping load capacity of 1,265kg, while the larger L28 (1,903kg) has a slightly larger 1,391kg tipping load capacity.
Designed to be just over one metre wide, combined with a tight turning radius, Bobcat says its SALs are built to work in tricky and hard-to-reach areas.
Bobcat says its new SALs are designed to work in landscaping, light construction and municipality maintenance markets, as well as in agriculture and horticulture.
Bobcat says its range of SALs are available with canopy and cab versions.
An enclosed cab and heated seat are available for colder climates.
The machine features a twin-pedal design to enable quick direction changes - one pedal moves the machine forward, the other puts it into reverse.
The firm says the convenient design is for seasonal employees or rental customers.
The L28 has a telescoping lift arm that extends the lifting height and reach.
Bobcat says it includes a dual-cylinder design that keeps the load level as the operator moves the bucket and handles materials at height.
The telescopic cylinder is synchronised with a hydraulic levelling link, providing assistance with levelling and helping to prevent spillage over the back of the bucket.
The loader features an articulated joint, which the manufacturer says enables the rear tyres to match the front tyre path when turning, while its turf-safe mode limits wheel slippage.
Depending on the operating conditions in hand, the loaders automatically enable one of two traction modes: High-Traction Mode for control over rough and slippery terrain or Turf-Safe Mode for the least possible ground disturbance.
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.