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All-New Bobcat Utility Vehicles Offer Improved Performance, Productivity

Tue June 29, 2010 - National Edition
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From inspecting fence on a farm or acreage to hauling tools and people around a construction site, efficiency is key to a productive job. The all-new line of Bobcat utility vehicles is designed to deliver the power and performance needed to handle any job-related task with ease, according to the manufacturer.

Every aspect of the new Bobcat utility vehicles has been designed to help customers get more work done in less time. Increased power, speed, payload capacity and uptime are all key features built into the all-new design. And like all Bobcat compact equipment, the utility vehicles are versatile job site machines that can reach areas where larger equipment can’t fit.

The new Bobcat line of utility vehicles launches with four models — the 3200, 3400, 3400XL and 3450. Features range from two-wheel drive to the four-wheel drive, attachment-ready 3450. Additional options and accessories are available to customize the new utility vehicles to fit each customer’s unique needs.

Power and Performance

Several improvements have been made to the new Bobcat utility vehicles, including performance enhancements such as more responsive acceleration, better payload capacities and increased horsepower and top speeds, and electronic fuel-injected gas 4x4 models that start easier and run more reliably in higher altitudes.

Increased payloads, acceleration and top speeds are the direct result of the new horsepower ratings in both the gas and diesel engines — ranging from 24.8 to 32 hp (18.5 to 23.8 kW). This means customers can quickly haul tools, materials and people — up to six in the 3400XL with bench seating — across job sites or other large areas such as athletic fields or farms.

Operators can easily flip a switch to select from one-wheel (turf mode), two-wheel or four-wheel drive on the Bobcat 4x4 models to best match the driving conditions. When the front wheels are engaged in the 4x4 mode, all four wheels receive torque for maximum traction.

Operator Comfort and Ease of Use

Operators and passengers will ride in comfort as the four-wheel independent suspension provides a smooth ride and improves the Bobcat utility vehicle’s agility over rough terrain. Other comfort features include lower sound levels, two-passenger bucket seating (dealer-installed bench seat also available) and a dealer-installed cab and heat for working in cold or windy climates.

These features and others, such as easy-to-see instrumentation, a single-latch tailgate and easy-to-clean cargo box, make Bobcat utility vehicles intuitive to use, according to the manufacturer.

Uptime and Easy Maintenance

If a vehicle isn’t running, it isn’t working. Bobcat utility vehicles feature durable components and protective parts for maximum uptime and easy upkeep, including the sealed continuously variable transmission (CVT) guard, full skid plate, front and rear constant velocity CV boot shields and a radiator guard. The vehicles also feature a composite cargo box that resists corrosion, unlike steel or aluminum. Day-to-day maintenance checks are easy to perform with quick access to the engine compartment, air filter and battery.

Liquid-cooled engines in Bobcat utility vehicles protect critical engine components from overheating, which also results in more power and performance from the machine because components are kept cooler at higher engine speeds.

Attachment Readiness and Maximum Versatility

To meet job site needs, the 3450 can use up to five front-mounted attachments with the RapidLink attachment mounting system. Choose from a bucket, pallet fork, mower, snow blade or Whisker push broom to do anything from clearing sidewalks of snow and debris to moving dirt or palleted materials. Maximum lift height is 2 ft. (.6 m) and rated operating capacity is 500 lbs. (227 kg).

Other options are available to match the utility vehicle to specific task-related demands, such as an optional brush guard, powered cargo box lift, strobe lights, turn signals and backup alarms. The integrated accessory system designed into the cargo box allows a number of accessories to quickly and easily be mounted to the vehicle. The accessories include a tool holder, cargo box divider, cargo box wall extensions, as well as a number of other task-related accessories.

Bobcat Utility Vehicles a Match for All Tasks

The new family of Bobcat utility vehicles is a great match for farmers and homeowners with acreage, construction and landscape contractors, and facility and maintenance professionals of all types.

Large areas of land mean time spent traveling from one chore or task to the next. With top speeds up to 30 mph (48 kmh), the new Bobcat utility vehicles can make quick work of getting the necessary people and proper tools to each task. Features such as four-wheel independent suspension or dealer-installed cabs mean operators will be able to complete long days of work in comfort, according to the manufacturer.

Hauling Tools/Supplies

A job site full of equipment and construction materials can be a tight fit, but the all-new Bobcat utility vehicles are compact enough to move with ease, all while carrying crew members, tools and materials. With a 1,600- or 1,850-lb. (726 or 839 kg) vehicle rated capacity and a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs. (680 kg), the utility vehicles can tow or haul the necessary items to complete a task, quickly moving on to the next. The 3450 has the ability to switch between five attachments to complete additional work and keep larger equipment focused on larger jobs.

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