Bobcat E20 mini excavator released

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Bobcat has released its new E20; a true zero-swing, 14hp rubber-tracked excavator with 30L/min of auxiliary hydraulic flow on to the Australian market

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In the tightly contested two-tonne zero-swing excavator market space, there are quite a few options worthy of consideration. 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 E20 is versatile. Unlike many other OEMs, Bobcat really has focused on the smaller end of the market, and has only ever really produced hydrostatically powered machinery.

The Bobcat E20 is loaded with features. 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 areas such as doorways and gates.

Once you’re on the job, the widening undercarriage on the E20 can extend 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.

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From a safety perspective the operator’s canopy is ROPS, FOPS and TOPS compliant, and one of the most spacious in its weight class. 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 are 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 the case with the Bobcat loader range, the hydraulic lines and wiring harnesses are routed neatly to minimise abrasive wear and potential breakdowns.

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.

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