Bobcat adds new line of compact tractors

  • 19-Jun-2008 08:13 EDT
Bobcat’s new compact tractors, including the CT230 shown here, are designed to work with the full range of Bobcat implements, from seeders and mowers to front-end loaders and backhoes.

A new line of compact tractors has joined the Bobcat family. The new tractors will feature four-wheel drive for working over rough and uneven terrain, as well as a hydrostatic transmission for straightforward operation through a wide variety of tasks.

Three of the nine new compact tractors—the Bobcat CT120, CT225, and CT230—are already available at select Bobcat dealerships in the U.S. and Canada. Two more models, the CT122 and CT235, have now been launched and four remaining models will be introduced through the reminder of 2008.

The Bobcat CT120 compact tractor provides 20 hp (15 kW), 14.5 hp (10.8kW) PTO, and two travel speed ranges. It is 46.5 in (1181 mm) wide with agriculture tires, 106 in (2692 mm) long, 81.8 in (2078 mm) high with the rollover protective structure (ROPS) deployed. It has a mass of 2055 lb (932 kg), and a tight turning radius of 89 in (2261 mm), making this model an appropriate choice for working around buildings or in space-restricted areas.

Offering 27 hp (20 kW), a 22-hp (19.5 kW) PTO, and three travel speeds, the Bobcat CT225 is 56 in (1422 mm) wide with agricultural tires, 118 in (2997 mm) long, and 96 in (2438 mm) high with the ROPS deployed. With an operating mass of 3021 lb (1370 kg) and a lift capacity of 960 lb (435 kg), this model is small and lightweight enough to tackle more demanding tasks in restricted spaces where floatation is important.

The Bobcat CT230, also included with the initial launch, offers 30 hp (22 kW) and three travel speeds. It has the same dimensions as the CT225: 56 in (1422 mm) wide with agricultural tires, 118 in (2997 mm) long, and 96 in (2438 mm) high with the ROPS deployed. Capable of traveling at rates as high as 13.1 mph (21.1 km/h) forward and 8.2 mph (13.2 km/h) reverse, this model also offers a higher PTO power at 22 hp (16 kW) and a lift capacity of 1225 lb (556 kg).

The more recently launched CT122 offers 22 hp (16 kW) and two-speed travel. It is 46.5 in (1181 mm) wide with agricultural tires, 106 in (2692 mm) long, 81.8 in (2078 mm) tall with the ROPS deployed, and has a mass of 2055 lb (932 kg). The CT235 delivers 34 hp (25 kW) and three-speed travel. It is 56 in (1422 mm) wide with agricultural tires, 118 in (2997 mm) long, 96 in (2438 mm) high with the ROPS deployed, and has a mass of 3055 lb (1386 kg).

All models in Bobcat’s new compact tractor line offer a standard suspension seat, power steering, and cruise control for comfortable, low-effort operation through extended jobs such as mowing, spraying, cultivating, or seeding. All can be used with Bobcat implements, including an angle blade, auger, backhoe, box blade, finish mower, seeder, tine rake, and a front-end loader and attachments.

Designed for good all-around visibility, the new compact tractors also offer such safety features as a spark arrestor muffler, horn, brake lights, and a fully retractable seatbelt. A safety interlock system allows for neutral start and operation, and the ROPS can be folded down for easier transportation and storage of the tractor.

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