Bobcat takes a swing at 5t excavator market

Aaron Morby 13 years ago

Bobcat has launched a 5.5t conventional tail swing compact excavator with extended dig depth and dump height.

Equipped with cab and bucket, the E55 is powered by the Kubota turbo-charged Tier III diesel engine, producing 49 horsepower at 2200 RPM.

A long dipper stick is standard on the E55, for a working range with a maximum digging depth of 3.9m and breakout forces of 26.1 kN and 42.0 kN in the dipper stick and at the bucket, respectively.

The E55 combines fast cycle times with precision and fingertip control. The load-sensing piston pump and the closed centre valve enable exceptionally fine metering of hydraulic flow for smooth, precise control.

The boom and dipper arm cylinders are cushioned to provide a smooth, end-of stroke operation.

It higher stability brings lifting capacity gains and more efficient digging in hard ground.

With a lifting capacity over the side of 1405 kg at 1 m height and at a radius of 3 m, the E55 can be used to lift heavy loads, including loading and unloading items from trucks as well as installing heavy piping and construction materials on site.

High torque for swinging a full bucket in the extended position allows the excavator to work efficiently both on slopes as well as on flatter areas.

Auto Shift provides for more comfortable travel and makes it easier to do levelling and backfilling work with the dozer blade.

Boom swing and the auxiliary hydraulic controls are integrated in the joysticks, offering more precise control than other machines on the market using pedals for these functions.

The adjustable maximum flow in the auxiliary line allows the E55 to adapt for easier and more efficient use of attachments.

An ‘auto idle’ feature reduces fuel consumption and noise, when the excavator functions are not used for four seconds.

The engine returns to the pre-set throttle position when the operator moves a joystick or a travel function.

Its undercarriage has sealed, maintenance-free track rollers, a top roller and wide sprockets offering high resilience and a long service life. The ‘open’ design and sloped surfaces of the X-frame undercarriage help prevent the build-up of mud and debris.

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