Bobcat debuts bigger compact tractors

  • 05-Sep-2008 02:53 EDT

The CT450, the largest of four new compact tractors recently introduced by Bobcat, is powered by an Interim Tier 4 50-hp (37-kW) diesel.

Bobcat Co., a division of Doosan Infracore for nearly a year now, has added four new models to its line of compact tractors for applications including farming, landscaping, and groundskeeping.

The four tractor models—the CT335, CT440, CT445, and CT450—are available in three different packages. The Economy Package has a three-point implement hitch with PTO, while the Standard Package adds a loader joystick and control valve to those features. There is also a version of the Standard Package tractor with an enclosed cab. All are powered by Interim Tier 4 Daedong engines.

All four have an independent PTO that can be engaged with the flip of a switch while the tractor is in motion, allowing operators to engage the PTO on a three-point implement only in areas where it is needed. The models have a heavier and larger chassis and higher power rating than Bobcat’s other compact tractors.

Cab models have standard heat and air conditioning and are radio-ready. The cab’s curved glass was designed to reduce glare and provide good visibility. There is also a glass window on the bottom rear of the cab so the operator can see the three-point hitch area for easier implement hookup. Doors are on both sides of the tractor for operator access when the machine is parked next to obstructions such as building, fences, or trees.

Rear implements available for use on Bobcat compact tractors include an angle blade, auger, backhoe, box blade, finish mower, rotary cutter, snowblower, soil cultivator, tiller, and tine rake. A remote three-point hitch adjustment lever on the back of the machines allows operators to raise and lower the hitch links from the rear of the tractor for easier hookup of implements.

Bob-Tach, an optional system available for all nine Bobcat compact tractor models, allows operators to change attachments in less than a minute. This system was originally introduced in 1970 on the M970 skid-steer loader and enables the tractors to perform multiple functions with the front-end loader. Currently, a bucket and pallet forks are available for use on the loader, with additional attachments planned for the future.

The tractors feature four-wheel drive and come with hydrostatic transmissions with three travel speeds.

Other features include a spark arrestor muffler, horn, brake lights, and a standard Bobcat suspension seat with a fully retractable seatbelt. The rollover protective structure can be folded down to make transportation and storage of the tractor more convenient.

Daedong manufactures the tractors in South Korea, with final assembly occurring in the U.S.

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