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Longer Service Intervals Keeps New Bobcat E80 Excavator Working Longer

Fri February 27, 2009 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Bobcat Company’s E80 excavator has a completely new design that increases service intervals, operator comfort and durability. Everything about the E80 excavator has been created to keep operators working longer, including the elimination of daily service points; a spacious cab and a comfortable seat to keep operators working; and polymer shims to decrease wear on the lateral pins, according to the manufacturer.

Longer Service Intervals

Daily greasing of the bushings at the boom, arm and bucket pivot is a thing of the past with the E80 excavator. Normally, this process takes up to 30 minutes of an operator’s time each day. Now, the operator will be able to spend that time working because the E80 has increased the service interval of greasing the bushings to 250 hours.

Operator Comfort

The E80 offers a spacious cab with an operator seat that adjusts six ways and a heating and air conditioning system that has automotive-style controls. These features have been designed to keep operators who spend many hours in their machines comfortable and productive.

The new seat allows the operator to create an individually designed ergonomic work environment. The operator can adjust the seat in six ways:

• The angle of the bottom of the seat.

• The bottom of the seat may be moved forward or reverse.

• The lumbar support on the backrest.

• The bottom and backrest of the seat may be moved forward or reverse as one.

• The armrests and joysticks may be moved forward or reverse, independent of the seat.

• The seat bottom, seat backrest, armrests and joysticks may be moved forward or reverse as one group.

With these adjustments, operators of any size can adjust the seat to their personal preference in the placement of the armrests, joysticks and seat bottom and back. These adjustments also let the operator move the seat to an area where the operator can best control the foot pedals and see the work area.

The high-capacity climate-control system has automotive-style controls and vents in front of and to the rear of the operator, placing the air movement exactly where needed. This system has five modes of air placement: to the operator’s upper body from the front and rear, to the upper body from the front only, to the feet and upper body from the front, to the feet from the front, and to the feet and the upper body from the front and the rear.

A fixed instrument panel on the right side of the cab is a central, easy-to-read display for all of the information the operator needs on machine performance.

Attachment Readiness and Pin Durability

Each E80 is delivered clamp ready for operators who want to quickly and easily add and use a clamp.

In addition to clamps, Bobcat provides a number of attachments available for use on the E80. The optional pin coupler system allows the operator to quickly change between attachments. Bobcat also provides a platform for attachments previously used on the 442, allowing owners who have a 442 to use the attachments they already own on the E80.

Polymer shims are used in lateral joints to create tightness and prevent slop in attachments, such as buckets. Slop is created by wear on the pins, and the polymer shims used in the joints decrease pin wear and increase tightness in the attachment workgroup.

Fuel Use

The E80 has a 54.2-hp (40.4 kW) Tier-compliant engine. The engine control system also has an auto-idle feature, reducing fuel consumption when the excavator is not working. Engine rpm is controlled electronically so that the operator uses only as much engine power necessary for the application. The quiet operation of the engine also is a benefit, as many cities and work areas are becoming more sensitive to construction noise.

Additional Features

With minimal tail swing, the E80 can work in compact work environments and next to buildings or other obstructions. The E80 features the Bobcat in-track swing frame. The swing frame for the boom stays within the width of the tracks, also making it easier for the E80 to work in constricted job conditions.

The E80 has a dig depth of 15 ft. 6 in. (4.7 m) and an operating weight of 18,880 lbs. (8,564 kg) with rubber tracks. The auxiliary hydraulic system has a rated capacity of 31.7 gal. per minute (120 Lpm).

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