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Radius vs. Vertical Lift Path

Radius lift path S630Different jobs demand different requirements in a loader. With a diversified line up of Bobcat® loaders, you'll find a machine for practically every job. Before buying a loader, understand the difference between radius and vertical lift path.

Radius Lift Path

The radius lift path style provides greater forward reach than a vertical lift path for more than 80 percent of the lift-arm path including the greatest forward reach at mid-range heights.

  • Best for dumping over a wall, backfilling or unloading flatbed trucks

Vertical Lift Path

Vertical lift path S650Gives more reach at full lift height without any decrease in performance.

  • Keeps the load closer to the machine
  • Safely lifts more than similar radius lift path machines
  • Provides plenty of power, lift and reach, making it easier to clear high-sided truck boxes and hoppers
  • Ideal for placing pallets - especially those loaded with heavy materials such as brick, block or sod

Learn more about Bobcat loaders with radius or vertical lift. Watch Lift Arm Comparison Video.