In the tightly contested 2 tonne zero swing excavator market space, there are quite a few options worthy of consideration. There is however, only one manufacturer that pioneered and remained dedicated solely to the compact construction equipment market. That is of course, Bobcat Company.
The recently released Bobcat E20 is a true zero swing, 14 horsepower, rubber tracked excavator with 30 L/min. auxiliary hydraulic flow. Just like the Bobcat skid steer and compact track loader product lines that dominate global market share, the Bobcat E20 is becoming a force to be reckoned with at 1,953 kg. Dual flow auxiliary plumbing as standard enables bi-directional attachments such as augers and tilt buckets to be utilised.
With an unparalleled line up of attachments developed specifically to match the designed capabilities of Bobcat equipment, the Bobcat E20 is whatever you want it to be.
Ever since the first machine displaying the “Bobcat” logo was released to the market in 1962, a focus on build quality, performance and reliability has ensured the brand’s longevity. Unlike many other OEMs, Bobcat really has focused on the smaller end of the market, and have only ever really produced hydrostatically powered machinery. You the customer benefit from this in two ways; engineering excellence & customer focus.
The Bobcat E20 is loaded with features making it one of the most versatile and user friendly machines around. The undercarriage is longer than its predecessor, therefore making it more stable. It also features a hydraulically widening undercarriage system, enabling the E20 to be retracted into a 991mm width configuration to access tight area such as doorways and gates. Once you’re on the job, the widening undercarriage on the E20 can extended out to a gauge of 1,346mm for added stability. This feature enhances the use of the boom swing function allowing for heavier loads to be lifted over the side of the track frame.
Fine control of the swing boom feature is made easy by way of a proportional thumb switch mounted atop the pilot control lever. The E20 also features an adjustable width push blade so you can perform pushing, spreading and back filling operations in either the narrow or wide gauge configuration.
From a safety perspective the E20 has you covered, quite literally. The operator’s canopy is ROPS, FOPS and TOPS compliant, and one of the most spacious in its weight class. The E20 can be ordered in either open canopy or in an enclosed air conditioned cabin variant. The operator’s seat is supportive, and it allows enough adjustment to achieve a comfortable seating position for operators of various sizes and stature. The instrumentation and layout of the various controls and switches is ergonomically designed to minimise operator fatigue, while the monitor panel is simplistically functional.
The overall fit and finish of panel work, the lustre of the paint finish and decal package are all exactly as you’d expect from a market leading manufacturer such as Bobcat. As is case with the Bobcat loader range, the hydraulic lines and wiring harnesses are routed neatly to minimise abrasive wear and potential breakdowns. With a long heritage steeped in quality and reliability, the Bobcat E20 not only upholds Bobcat’s penchant for excellence; it raises the bar.
Operationally, the Bobcat E20 brings all the above features together to produce a fast, powerful and versatile machine that rivals the competition in performance, accessibility and resale value. The controls in the E20 are forgiving enough to allow a novice to use it, yet precise enough to enable an experienced operator to conduct detailed finishing operations.
One additional feature that has been well received by their customer base is the auto-locking swing brake functionality. This allows the upper structure to be locked in an almost infinite range of positions. This is handy when operating on the side of a gradient or while in transit. Serviceability is no issue with the Bobcat E20 either. A generous, side swinging rear door opens to allow easy access to all daily service points. Filtration system and daily service items are situated for ease of access to reduce downtime and service costs.
The Bobcat E20 can be moved on a trailer, behind a suitable commercial vehicle such as a van or ute. Clark Equipment, the sole Australian dealership for the Bobcat product range, are simplifying the process of compiling the package by structuring a “Tradie Pack” complete with a trailer, a range of attachments and customer promo pack. This way, everything you need can be packaged up in one convenient payment, and can be tailored to suit the needs of the customer.
Ask your local Clark Equipment territory representative about either an E17 or an E20 Tradie Pack. With eleven different models under 8,500 kg there is a Bobcat compact construction excavator to suit the specific needs of your business. Bobcat equipment, One Tough Animal.