Handy new Toolcat from Bobcat

  • 04-Feb-2009 08:49 EST

More than 40 attachments are available on Bobcat's Toolcat 5610, and many are able to be changed in less than a minute by using the tool-free Bob-Tach mounting system.

Bobcat's Toolcat 5610 was designed to eliminate several larger light-duty machines, combining what the company says are the best features of a pickup truck, skid-steer loader, tractor, and utility vehicle. In this way, it can duplicate the most important functions of several tools without the individual upkeep and costs.

Just larger than a golf cart, and looking similar without attachments, the 5610 has front and rear attachment points, with a hydraulic power-take-off (PTO) and three-point hitch in the rear, as well as capabilities for more than 40 Bobcat-specific front attachments. The three-point hitch can use category-one three-point implements up to 1775 lb (805 kg). The PTO is optional and powers a number of accessories including mowers, tillers, and snowblowers, all designed with ground crews, landscapers, and larger property owners in mind.

The front of the machine makes up the loader part of the equation; the front lift arm has a rated operating capacity of 1300 lb (590 kg), or 1500 lb (680 kg) if the counterweight is used. The front and rear attachment systems can be used at the same time, provided only one is hydraulically powered. Remote rear hydraulics are optional, allowing control of two hydraulic cylinders, which are common on many of the implements that are available.

In the rear of the machine, two compartments, each able to carry 50 lb (23 kg), provide space for tools.

Bobcat emphasizes that the Toolcat 5610 is not just an enlarged golf cart. It has four-wheel independent suspension, full-time four-wheel drive, and all-wheel steering, making it truly viable when conditions become difficult. The limited slip differentials and automatic power-management system balance the power distribution between the attachments and the wheels, ensuring traction under duress.

A work mode allows for precise speed control in tight quarters, and cruise control allows for more relaxed cruising when the 18 mph (29 km/h) top speed is needed. The four-wheel steering, which can be turned off if the driver prefers standard front-wheel steering, enables the Toolcat to have a turning radius of 17.5 ft (5.3 m) and aids in tight mowing and maneuvering situations. The inside axles turn at a sharper angle than the outside, minimizing damage to the material below and maximizing tire life.

The 5640-lb (2558-kg) Toolcat has a side-mounted 59-hp (44-kw) Tier 2 turbo-diesel engine, with onboard diagnostics and shutdown systems to prevent damage in case of a problem. This power gives the 5610 a towing capacity of 4000 lb (1814 kg) from the standard 2-in (50-mm) receiver hitch, which is substantial enough for many chores. Its cab is similar to that of a pickup truck with a tilt steering wheel, standard pedal array, and optional heating, air-conditioning, CD player, and remote-start.

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