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Posted: 12/09/2015

The Best Way to Handle Challenging Tasks in Limited-Space Jobsites


If you work in confined jobsites and are tired of backbreaking, time-consuming hand labor, you need a machine that can travel to tight spaces and quickly complete projects where larger machines can’t fit.

The Bobcat® MT85 mini track loader could be the perfect solution, thanks to its compact size, attachment versatility, easy-to-use controls and low ground disturbance. It has the ability to turn within its tracks, with minimal turf damage.

Its compact size, which is ideal for traveling through fence gates, through backyard projects, between homes or into other tight areas, makes the MT85 a smart choice to replace tasks previously done with manual labor and hand tools.

The Bobcat MT85 offers a variety of benefits:

Built for productivity

The Bobcat MT85 boasts more power, increased lifting capabilities, additional stability and durable components to help operators efficiently complete everyday or challenging tasks in limited-space jobsites.

You’ll also benefit from its attachment versatility — you can use the MT85 as a stand-alone machine or pair it with other Bobcat compact equipment to efficiently complete a variety of projects.

Stronger lifting, pushing capabilities

The MT85 has a 54 percent higher rated operating capacity (ROC) than prior mini track loader iterations — rated at 850 pounds — to lift, carry and dump materials.

  • For additional productivity, MT85 operators can lift materials higher with an increase of 14 percent in lift height.
  • For hard digging conditions, the lift arm breakout force has been increased by 29 percent from the smaller MT55 mini track loader.

An efficient hydraulic system produces fast cycle times, impressive tractive effort, strong hydraulic breakout force, and exceptional pushing and digging abilities.

Durable, easy-to-service components

The MT85 is a dependable and rugged mini track loader that offers easy access to the engine compartment for routine maintenance. Bobcat engineers designed the MT85 based on the similar mini track loaders that have been popular machines for more than a decade. Input from Bobcat mini track loader customers led the company to design a machine that is taller, with greater ground clearance and an additional 6 inches of track length on the ground for added stability and a smoother ride without sacrificing the quality design aspects from prior iterations.

Closeup of controls on Bobcat MT85 mini track loader.

New dual joystick controls, foot pedal

The MT85 is designed with dual ISO joystick controls for overall increased operator precision and comfort. The loader’s drive function is controlled by the left-hand joystick. The right-hand joystick controls the loader’s lift and tilt functions.

A new operator presence/safety pedal regulates the loader’s auxiliary hydraulic flow for use with approved attachments. The pedal must be engaged when the operator is using an attachment with detent auxiliary hydraulic flow, such as trenching, snowblowing, digging holes with an auger or pushing/sweeping material with an angle broom.

Ride-on platform

A standard ride-on platform provides improved visibility to the attachment and easy access to the loader controls, and it improves overall operator comfort. It also increases productivity as travel speeds increase to 4 mph in the forward direction and 2.4 mph in reverse. Other comfort features include:

  • Additional rear track roller for improved ride and stability
  • Hip pads
  • Larger grab handles around the control panel
  • Storage compartment
  • Cup holder
Ride-on platform on Bobcat MT85 mini track loader.

Two track width options

Customers can choose between two track widths to best match their application.

  • MT85 loaders with narrow tracks are just 36 inches wide with a bucket. The narrow width allows the MT85 to maneuver through tight areas, between buildings or through gates. In addition, the narrow tracks apply just 4.9 psi ground pressure onto the work area.
  • A second option is a 42-inch-wide track (with bucket) for increased stability and operator comfort. The wide-track option lowers ground pressure on the work area to just 3.5 psi.

Common attachment interface

The MT85 can be ordered with a common industry interface (CII) or the Bob-Tach® attachment mounting system. New Bobcat attachments introduced with the CII include:

  • Auger CII
  • Buckets CII: 36 or 44 inches
  • Hydraulic breaker CII
  • Pallet fork CII
  • Trencher CII
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