Bobcat expands its R-series excavator lineup

February 7, 2018 -  By

Bobcat Co. expanded its R-Series excavator lineup with the new E85, the largest machine in the company’s compact excavator family. The 8.5-ton E85 features the same design and other cab upgrades as the E32 and E35 R-Series compact excavators that were introduced in 2017.

It shares the same Bobcat, turbo-charged diesel engine technology—that does not require a diesel particulate filter or selective catalytic reduction—and similar cab upgrades found on the current R-Series excavators. Additionally, a new standard lift eye is included to help operators lift and place objects.

The 13 inches of tail overhang allow the E85 to work in compact environments. The excavator’s boom swing frame stays within the width of the machine’s tracks as it swings, making it easier to perform in confined job site conditions.

The new machine features include redesigned travel pedals that fold away, a widened seat and cab, optional automatic heating and air conditioning systems and optional heated seats.

Bobcat E85 excavator cabs are rated as a Level 1 Falling Object Protective Structure (FOPS).

The new machine features a standard, easy-to-reach control pattern selector. This feature is conveniently located within the operator’s reach, allowing the operator to quickly switch from ISO controls to standard controls. With the repositioned second auxiliary hydraulic selector switch, operators can toggle between the optional second auxiliary and the boom offset without removing their hands from the left joystick.

This R-Series excavator also has a variety of optional enhancements, including:

  • Hydraulic pin-grabber quick coupler accessory to quickly change attachments from the cab;
  • Secondary auxiliary hydraulics to operate attachments with multiple capabilities;
  • Deluxe instrumentation panel;
  • Factory-installed steel tracks and segmented tracks;
  • Travel alarm to meet localized job site requirements;
  • Rear work light kit;
  • Counterweight to add lifting capabilities;
  • Guard kits for the front and top windows to elevate the cab to a Level 2 FOPS rating;
  • Keyless start to increase machine security; and
  • Radio kit.

A new tubular-frame reinforced cab door comes standard, making the E85 even stronger and able to withstand rough job site conditions. The tubular frame holds a tighter seal, helping keep out dirt and dust for an enhanced operating experience.

The E85 can be equipped with a depth check system, allowing operators to accurately measure depth and grade without exiting the excavator. The depth check system has an accuracy of ± 0.5 inches.

As part of the new R-Series model, the 66-hp E85 will now be designed and manufactured in Bismarck, N.D.

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