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D-Series Toolcat 5600 Advances ’One-of-a-Kind’ Concept

Tue December 25, 2007 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The Bobcat D-Series Toolcat 5600 utility work machine can accomplish many of the same tasks as a compact tractor, attachment carrier, utility vehicle, pickup truck and more. With new enhancements, such as four-wheel independent suspension, a spine frame design and a completely revamped power train, this unit delivers performance and versatility, according to the manufacturer.

The D-Series 5600 features true four-wheel independent suspension, providing comfort while maximizing traction, attachment performance and turning. Four-wheel independent suspension is particularly beneficial when mowing, spraying, pushing snow or simply traveling comfortably over uneven terrain.

The wheel and frame isolation of independent suspension increases wheel-to-ground contact, which better absorbs shock to help maintain a consistent mowing height and improve traction. It also decreases travel time because of the smoother ride.

The D-Series 5600 features a full-time four-wheel drive system designed with an emphasis on performance. It offers operation for a variety of conditions. Exclusive limited slip differentials constantly monitor tractive effort, delivering torque to all four wheels while automatically managing distribution of that power to respond to ground conditions.

“We’ve designed the new Toolcat 5600 to deliver performance that instills confidence in the operator,” said Robert Gilles, Toolcat and utility vehicle product specialist of Bobcat Company.

Whether you need to power through mud and snow, maintain traction to minimize turf damage or travel an uphill trail, the machine will automatically sense where traction can be obtained and transfer power there.

“To further increase the operator’s productivity, we’ve added a power management feature to the Toolcat 5600 that balances power distribution between the attachment and drive system,” Gilles said.

For example, if operators are blowing snow and encounter a deeper drift, the attachment and machine will need more time to power through it. Power management automatically makes the necessary adjustment, matching drivetrain and attachment requirements to deliver maximum efficiency and productivity.

“This feature is a huge benefit in conditions such as mowing heavy brush, tilling or working on an incline,” Gilles said.

In addition to power management, the Toolcat 5600 drive system also features work mode, which delivers more precise control of travel speed when finite movements are required. Other drive system features that help provide smooth operation include shift-on-the-fly two speed, cruise control and hydrostatic braking, which is more efficient and convenient than conventional braking systems.

The D-Series 5600 features a new “spine frame,” which is the backbone of the machine, providing the strength for everything from lifting to towing and anything in between. It also provides component protection and allows for a side-mounted engine, which translates to easy access to routine maintenance items.

In addition, the new D-Series features an improved cooling package, onboard diagnostics and a machine shutdown protection feature that lessens the chance of damage to the engine or hydraulic components, according to the manufacturer.

Maneuverability is one of the biggest reasons operators choose the Toolcat 5600, according to Gilles. Its all-wheel steer capability delivers a tighter turning radius than most ATVs. That type of performance enables operators to mow around trees, travel trails or move material in tight spaces such as corrals or between buildings on a university campus. Essentially, it enables them to work in areas that they couldn’t with equipment of the same size and capabilities.

All-wheel steering also makes the 5600 useful for turf and grass work. With each axle sharing the same steering angle, sharp turns on grass and improved surfaces yield little or no damage. Together with work mode and dynamic braking, all-wheel steering allows operators to accomplish the precise maneuvers they need for most meticulous jobs.

“The Toolcat is packed with Bobcat innovation — making it very agile, providing more operator confidence when working in those tight quarters or sensitive ground conditions,” Gilles said.

The Toolcat 5600 is called a utility work machine because of its versatile attachment lineup. There are more than 38 attachments available, including mowers, snow blades and blowers, augers, angle brooms, buckets, tillers and pallet forks to name a few. Not only is the selection vast, but attachments also can be mounted in the front, giving the operator enhanced visibility of the work area.

The standard Bob-Tach mounting system enables operators to switch between attachments in less than a minute and requires no additional assistance or tools. From homeowners with acreages to grounds maintenance managers or municipalities, customers will find the attachment for the job and a way to put the 5600 to work.

The Toolcat utility work machine, with its lift, tow and haul capabilities, not only transports two workers and all the tools they need for a job, but it also can complete the task at hand.

The standard 2-in. (5 cm) receiver hitch and 4,000-lb. (1,814 kg) towing capacity can easily satisfy the majority of maintenance-related towing requirements. Its 1,500-lb. (680 kg) ROC enables it to easily lift and dump dirt, rock, mulch and other materials. There’s also room to haul tools like trimmers and blowers, or materials such as mulch or dirt, in the utility work machine’s hydraulic dump cargo box, which features a 2,000-lb. (907 kg) payload capacity.

With an automotive-style cab, tilt-steering wheel and drive pedal operation similar to that of a pickup, putting the Toolcat 5600 to work is more intuitive and less intimidating than other types of compact equipment. For optimal operator comfort, customers can choose an enclosed cab with heat and air conditioning, a CD player and keyless start.

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