Bobcat loader for hard-to-reach jobs

  • 30-Sep-2009 03:33 EDT

When compared to other loaders of similar size, Bobcat claims the all-steel undercarriage T110 compact track loader provides an "excellent" horsepower-to-weight ratio.

With a width of 47 in (1194 mm) and a length of 90 in (2300 mm) without attachment, Bobcat's spry 2.5-ton (2.3-t) T110 compact tracked loader was designed specifically for a wide variety of users in landscaping, equipment rental, forestry, flood defense work, residential and commercial construction, local authorities, agriculture, nurseries, recycling, and many other areas.

Driven by a four-cylinder, 42-hp (31-kW) at 2200 rpm Kubota V2403 naturally aspirated diesel that meets U.S. EPA Interim Tier 4, the T110 offers a rated operating capacity (SAE) of 1100 lb (500 kg) and a tipping load of 3190 lb (1450 kg). According to Bobcat, at 101 dB(A), the bystander noise level is significantly lower than the 103 dB(A) required by the EU directive 2000/14/EC. Cushioned engine mounts contribute to minimized vibrations.

Equipped with 10-in (250-mm) wide rubber tracks, the T110 has a low ground pressure of just 4.6 psi (31.7 kPa). The tracks provide for improved traction and flotation on soft and wet surfaces, as well as improved stability for work on slopes, maximizing pushing force and lifting capacity and optimizing work with heavier attachments. Bobcat says the T110 can travel easily over roads, pavements, and pedestrian walkways without causing damage.

A hydraulic flow of 12.5 gal/min (47 L/min) on the T110 enables fast bucket rollback/dump and other workgroup functions for the 26 approved attachments. The T110 is equipped as standard with the quick-change Bob-Tach attachment mounting frame. Also available is the Power Bob-Tach system that allows the operator to change nonhydraulic attachments simply by flipping a switch, without leaving the cab.

Offering many of the same features as larger Bobcat loaders, the operator cab is equipped as standard with a front door with windshield wiper and side windows. The top and rear windows can easily be removed without tools. A heated cab is available as an option.    

Equipped with integrated front and rear lights, the cab has a large front opening for enhanced visibility of the work area and attachments. The domed roof on the cab sheds rain water and offers good head clearance. In addition to good visibility, the use of dual-tilt cylinders and the open design of the Bob-Tach quick-change attachment system facilitate easy entry and exit from the cab.

The cushioned suspension seat is fully adjustable to the operator’s weight and features the Bobcat Interlock Control System (BICS) for safety. The BICS requires the operator to be seated with a seat bar in place and the engine running. Bobcat says the rear-pivot seat bar is easy to pull down or push up and provides ample room for larger operators and more rest area for arms. The loader steering levers provide for precise responsive movements.

State-of-the-art instrumentation in the cab is arranged in two groups at the front of the cab, one in the top left corner and the other in the top right. There is a choice of panels on the right-hand side—a standard system or an optional deluxe instrument panel with additional features, including a security system with a keyless ignition package. The keyless system makes it possible to lock out certain functions, a useful feature in rental applications.

Bobcat says the T110 is designed for durability and low maintenance with a well-built, robust frame and strong dual-tilt cylinders. A closed undercarriage features a sturdy, keel-shaped belly pan and an automatic tensioner on the transmission belt drive. The triple flange spring rollers for the tracks are made of steel and never need greasing. Track tension is easy to adjust with a standard grease gun.

Due to the large swing open tailgate and transversely mounted engine, the new T110 offers one-side servicing. The engine area is fully protected by a 0.24-in (6-mm) thick steel tailgate. Hydraulic and hydrostatic components under the operator cab can be accessed quickly by removing two nuts at the front of the cab and tilting it back. It has an operating weight of 5200 lb (2360 kg).

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