Bobcat launches M3-Series compact loader line for price-conscious contractors
By Jenny LescohierApril 06, 2021
Bobcat launched its new M3-Series compact loader line, including four new skid steer and compact track loader models available by limited release in North America through select dealers.
“As an industry leader, we are always looking for opportunities to introduce our expanding lineup of Bobcat products to more customers,” said Matthew Kettner, director of product management at Doosan Bobcat North America. “With the new M3-Series, the high-performance and reliability Bobcat is known for is built into every machine, combined with practical options to meet the needs and budgets of every customer.”
Building on the established M2-Series loader, the new M3-Series is designed with the Bobcat turbo-charged diesel engine, an innovative new fuel system, simplified configurations and fewer ancillary options. The four new M3-Series 500 platform size model loaders include the S510 and S590 skid-steer loaders and the T550 and T595 compact track loaders.
The series is powered by 2.4-liter Tier 4 Bobcat engines with a new fuel system, offering a range of horsepower from 55 to 70. The engine meets Tier 4 regulations without a diesel particulate filter (DPF), reducing downtime that occurs with DPF regeneration and long-term DPF maintenance costs.
The high-efficiency hydraulic pumps are configured precisely for each model’s specific operating capacity and matched to cylinder size and loader lift capacity. This provides better breakout forces and faster cycle times to enhance power and overall operator productivity and efficiency.
According to information from Bobcat, the engines also feature a robust combustion chamber that can handle more pressure and produces more usable horsepower and torque than competing loader manufacturers, meaning optimal performance for pushing, digging, lifting and operating a variety of attachments.
The M3-Series patented lift-arm design and a choice of lift paths is designed to meet the unique needs of each job site. The S510 and T550 models feature a radius lift path to provide maximum reach truck bed height. The S590 and T595 models offer a vertical lift path for higher lift capacity and to achieve more reach at full lift height, keeping the load closer to the machine while the loader arms are raised.
The Bobcat Bob-Tach attachment mounting system comes standard with the M3-Series loaders, making it possible to quickly change attachments across Bobcat’s extensive offering of dozens of different compatible attachment products.