According to Bobcat, one of the key changes in the compact equipment sector in the Middle East is the significant growth in the Compact Track Loader market in the region. Since 2017, Bobcat has increased its share of the market, with sales of compact track loaders more than quadrupling in the same period.
The growth is being driven by increasing demand among contractors for safe, stable and high performing machines that can be combined with a wide range of attachments that help them to expand the amount and type of work they can carry out with the same loaders.
Ernesto Anton, District Manager Middle East for Doosan Bobcat EMEA, said: “This growth is due to the unique characteristics of compact track loaders as tool carriers and the wide array of attachments that they can work with. We sell an expanding array of attachments to Middle East customers for both skid-steer and compact track loaders depending on the particular application, including Forestry Cutters, Planers, Wheel Saws and Sand Cleaners. Landscaping is a much more important application in the area and customers are also looking for the high lift capacity offered by our track loaders.
“We are providing regular demonstrations of our compact track loaders for our customers to show the high performance and the tool carrier benefits offered by our machines. Together with our comprehensive network of dealers covering every country in the Middle East, we can offer all types of training to ensure customers get the most out of their machines/attachments and have the best solution for their needs.”
Very Stable Platform for Attachments
Bobcat compact track loaders provide a very stable platform for working with a wide range of attachments. Using the exclusive, quick change Bob-Tach mounting systems on the machines, attachments can be added or removed very quickly, ensuring the attachment fits securely and safely to the machine in seconds. Ideal for users needing to change attachments regularly, the Power Bob-Tach is a time-saving, electro-hydraulic device that makes the connection to the attachment automatically.
As tool carriers, compact track loaders offer many advantages over the comparable wheeled machines. They can provide increased productivity in many conditions with a lifting capacity approximately 25% more than the equivalently sized wheeled loaders.
While wheeled machines may outperform tracked machines for sheer manoeuvrability on hard surfaces, the rubber tracked undercarriage on track loaders ensures improved traction on rough terrain; soft, sandy surfaces and in wet, muddy conditions. Unlike crawler or tracked loaders with steel tracks, compact track loaders offer exceptional manoeuvrability and fast cycle times.
The increased ground contact area and the lower centre of gravity means compact track loaders are generally more stable than wheeled machines, especially when shuttling backwards and forwards. The much better traction of compact track loaders provides 15% more pushing force than equivalently sized wheeled machines, allowing them to push heavier loads without getting stuck.
Moreover, since compact tracked loaders are equipped with dedicated rubber tracks, they will not mark paved surfaces and are therefore ideal for travel over and use on public roads. In fact, the excellent traction and flotation is ideal when working with planer and wheel saw attachments, where the machine hugs the surface for excellent stability and provides superior pushing power and precision for cutting into asphalt and concrete. Compact track loaders are also ideally suited for use in the rapidly expanding market for 2D and 3D laser grading systems.
Overall, the smoother ride over rough surfaces enhances operator comfort and helps keep loose materials in the bucket. The lighter ride over all terrains also helps to eliminate downtime from damaged tyres.
Low Ground Pressure
Approximately three times less than wheeled machines, the low ground disturbance of compact track loaders allows them to work on delicate surfaces, such as established lawns or asphalt, minimizing damage and reducing the need for tidying up after the job is complete. By distributing weight over a larger area, compact track loaders also offer a smooth ride with the high stability and manoeuvrability needed for grading and backfilling on rough terrain.
The widest range of compact track loaders is available from Bobcat, with four models offered in the Middle East, namely the T590, T650, T770 and T870, with rated operating capacities from 971 to 1726 kg and tipping loads from 2774 up to 4931 kg. Bobcat also sells the company’s MT55 mini-track loader in the Middle East, with a rated operating capacity and tipping load of 254 and 732 kg, respectively.
In the Bobcat range, there is a choice of size and boom configurations – radial and vertical lift path models – similar to those in the company’s market-leading wheeled skid-steer loader range. There are various options for Bobcat rubber tracks with multiple tread patterns available, so that the performance of track loaders can be optimized by selecting a track that exactly matches the application. Wide tracks are a good choice when lower ground pressure and flotation are desired. For increased ground pressure, added traction and pushing force, it may be better to choose a narrower track.
High Productivity T590 Model
One of the most popular Bobcat compact track loaders in the Middle East is the T590 vertical lift path model powered by the Bobcat D24 49.2 kW (66 HP) turbocharged diesel engine.
Excellent productivity results from the high pressure of the hydraulic system, 101 l/min in the high flow version, which provides increased attachment performance. The T590 can be matched with over 80 different attachments and there are rear hydraulic auxiliary and 7-pin ACD connector options available.
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