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Bobcat Adds New Minimal Tail Swing Excavator With E26

Tue September 20, 2011 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The Bobcat E26 minimal tail swing compact excavator has an operating weight of 5,690 lbs. (2,581 kg) and an overall width of 59 in. (150 cm). The excavator is powered by a 27-hp (20 kW) diesel engine that is Interim Tier IV compliant. The unit’s minimal 0.8 in. (2 cm) of tail overhang allows the machine to fit in tight surroundings, and it leaves a lighter footprint than the 325 and 425 models it replaces.

The E526 is standard equipped with a canopy ROPS/TOPS, while full climate control (HVAC) is optional. The compact excavator is available in standard and long arm configurations, enabling operators to dig in close quarters or reach farther in a smaller space, depending on the task at hand.

Within the operator’s area, the E26 features convenient joystick-mounted, fingertip control for boom swing and auxiliary hydraulic functions. This feature provides increased floor space and improved functionality for the operator. Like other M-Series compact excavators, the E26 features an operator compartment comfortable for the largest of operators, as well as improved visibility around the machine, and adjustable armrests.

The E26 comes with an auto-idle feature which, if activated by the operator, automatically returns the engine to idle if excavator functions are not used for a period of four seconds, saving fuel and reducing job site noise. The engine automatically returns to the preset throttle position as soon as the operator starts working again. For precise engine speed adjustments, a new easy-to-use rotary knob has been added to the controls.

The E26 also features an auto-shift drive system, improving productivity when traveling, repositioning and backfilling. Auto-shift travel motors will automatically shift to low speed as drive load increases, and shift back to high range as the load declines. With this system, the operator retains the ability to manually select high or low range travel speeds.

As with all other M-Series compact excavators, a variable displacement piston pump and proportional control valve system provide precise control of the machine’s travel and work-group functions. The E26’s hydraulic system delivers exceptional “loaded” cycle times and 4,991 ft.-lbs. of bucket breakout force for impressive productivity. Work-group cylinders offer end-of-stroke cushioning for smooth operation.

An automatic, integrated slew brake hold loads still and steady on slopes for more accurate placement. The need for the operator to manually engage the slew brakes during transport is eliminated, making it easier to load and position the machine for transport, according to the manufacturer.

Like all Bobcat M-Series compact excavators, the E26 features an X-frame undercarriage that provides increased ground clearance and readily sheds debris for reduced cleanup time. Drive motor covers are inset within the motor wrap-arounds to protect them from potential damage. Integrated into the undercarriage, convenient tie-down points simplify trailer loading for transport.

In addition, Bobcat’s in-track swing frame keeps the swing castings and cylinders within the width of the tracks when digging in an offset position, helping the operator dig flush against an obstacle. This feature minimizes the chance of inadvertent contact with surrounding obstacles, ultimately reducing operating costs of repair to the machine or adjacent structure.

Other popular options for the E26 include second auxiliary hydraulics, a hydraulic clamp and attachment mounting systems for quickly switching between the 16 attachments approved for use on the machine.

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