With its first completed machine just off the assembly line, Bobcat has announced that the company’s first new compact wheel loader, the L85, is now in full production.
The new loader range is being built at the Bobcat plant in the Czech Republic.
Bobcat has also just confirmed full specification and features for the L85.
The firm said that to meet demand, an additional fourth production line has been built at the plant in the Czech Republic.
It added that the capacity of the new production line is around 1,000 machines per year and it will be operated by 15 workers per shift.
The overall new investment involved was worth over €1m.
The loader is equipped with Bobcat's own 68hp engine and hydraulic system.
With an operating weight of 5,091kg, the loader has been designed for construction, landscaping, industrial and agricultural work.
The engine is generally started by the standard key, but for quick engine start and stop during the day, the operator can also use soft-touch buttons conveniently located on the right-hand console.
The machine is equipped with an automatic parking brake and slope assist features, meaning the parking brake on the L85 is automatically engaged and disengaged as required, similar features to those in the automotive industry.
Bobcat has approved a number of loader attachments for use on the L85.
The current portfolio includes a general-purpose bucket, light material buckets, a combination bucket, pallet forks and angle broom and snowblower attachments. It’s understood more are on the way.
The L85 is equipped as standard with the Power Quick-Tach system, compatible with widely used industry standard couplers.
To run high-flow attachments, the L85 can be fitted with a high flow option, providing a hydraulic flow of 100l/min.
The L85 is also equipped with advanced attachment control. This system enables the operator to switch to an alternative machine control pattern.
This offers independent control of the engine speed (and maximum auxiliary flow) and the machine travel speed.
The direction-changing switch [forward-neutral-reverse] is located on the front side of the joystick and is index-finger operated.
Controls for differential lock, turtle/rabbit mode, boom float and auxiliary flow control are all at the operator’s fingertips on the top of the joystick.
The jog shuttle is used to reach, navigate and confirm the set-up of the L85 on the five-inch LED display, and also to switch to the view provided by the rear-view camera.
Bobcat have said the joystick’s position is adjustable horizontally and integrated in the operator’s suspension seat for best operation comfort.
The steering column is also adjustable in two directions – horizontal and vertical. The cab is enclosed and pressurized, meeting the FOPS II safety requirements.
The L85 is equipped as standard with a heating system, while a full heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is available as a factory option.