Bobcat Company Hikes Lift Capacity, Horsepower in S330 Skid Steer Loader

Mon March 12, 2007 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Contractors needing a larger skid steer loader with more lift capacity, increased horsepower and an improved cooling system can now turn to the new S330 skid steer loader from Bobcat Company.

The new Bobcat S330 skid steer loader builds upon the existing Bobcat skid steer loader line, which also includes models 463 through S300. With a 3,300-lb. (1,497 kg) rated operating capacity (ROC), the S330 becomes the company’s largest skid steer loader.

Bobcat representatives said the machine’s large ROC and high lift height will appeal to a variety of customers, especially in the construction, landscaping and agricultural markets. They said an increase in demand for large skid steer loaders with a lift capacity of more than 3,000 lbs. (1,361 kg) prompted them to offer customers more options.

The skid steer loader’s 3,300-lb. ROC enables contractors to lift and carry loads more comfortably and efficiently. With a 10-ft 10-in. (3.3 m) lift height, the vertical-lift-path S330 works in such applications as nurseries, supply centers, turf and sod contractors, demolition and residential contractors, among others.

Another major factor behind the S330’s performance is its 85-hp (63 kW) liquid-cooled diesel engine. A bigger engine with increased displacement and horsepower means an increase in pushing power and drive torque when digging.

The engine also improves performance in high-flow attachment applications by providing more support for the machine’s hydraulic horsepower. High-flow attachments that will benefit from this include planers, wheel saws, Brushcat rotary cutters and snowblowers.

The S330, as well as the other Bobcat large-frame loaders (models S220, S250, S300, T250, T300 and A300), comes with an improved cooling system that increases the loader’s cooling capacity by 30 percent. The SmartFan cooling system features a variable speed fan that rotates at full speed only when required. Because of this, it has the ability to provide increased cooling in extreme operating conditions, such as when using high-flow attachments or in heavy digging applications. The cooling system also keeps the S330 performing in areas with high ambient temperatures or on high elevation job sites.

Operators can easily enter and exit the cab that features ample leg, foot, arm and head room, and an adjustable suspension seat and foot pedals to accommodate operators of all sizes. Customers can choose among several cab options, including an enclosed cab with heating and air conditioning.

Automatic engine shutdown with hydraulic system monitor optimizes loader uptime and protects the customer’s investment. The operating sensing system, which monitors several machine functions through gauges, warning lights and audible alarms, warns the operator of irregular conditions to aid in service troubleshooting. And the S330’s transversely mounted engine allows for easy access to routine maintenance items and quick serviceability.

The S330 comes with standard fingertip auxiliary hydraulic control, maximum/variable flow and forward/reverse detent. A deluxe panel option provides information on the function of a specific attachment by showing the operator which fingertip auxiliary controls to use. Operators can quickly and easily switch between attachments with the Bob-Tach attachment mounting system or optional hydraulic Power Bob-Tach system.

Two-speed travel, which comes standard, increases the loader’s mobility around job sites by providing a 6.9-mph (11 kmh) normal travel speed and a 12-mph (19 kmh) high travel speed.

Optional operator comfort features include an attachment control kit, deluxe instrumentation panel and selectable joystick controls (SJC) with horsepower and speed management. The horsepower management feature, which comes standard with the SJC option, automatically adjusts the loader drive system to maximize pushing and digging power. With speed management, operators can simply “dial in” their desired travel speed in small increments from 0 to 7 mph (0 to 11 kmh), while maintaining drive torque and full hydraulic power.

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