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March 2008

Bobcat S70 Skid-Steer Loader Works Easily in Tight Jobsites

Bobcat Company introduces the S70, the smallest model in the company’s line of skid-steer loaders. The Bobcat® S70 replaces the model 463, the twelfth in the Bobcat skid-steer loader family.

The S70 skid-steer loader is 71.4 inches high, 35.4 inches wide and 75.5 inches long without an attachment. These dimensions make the S70 particularly useful for work in tight jobsites. The S70 can fit in many areas where other equipment cannot, whether it is passing through gates on landscape sites, driving through narrow side-yards on a construction job or working in the confined space of barns in agriculture applications.

The S70 has a rated operating capacity of 700 pounds and is powered by a 23.5-horsepower diesel engine that powers a fully hydrostatic, four-wheel drive system with a travel speed of
6.1 miles per hour. With an operating weight of 2,845 pounds, the S70 is also easy to transport.

The S70 provides the same superior performance as the 463 and also incorporates new features, including an updated engine mount, hydrostatic pump centering and belt drive system. The new engine mount reduces vibration in the machine for greater operator comfort. The new hydrostatic pump centering is based on a similar setup in Bobcat mini track loaders and uses a tension spring instead of a torsion spring. This new system reduces maintenance and increases uptime.

The new belt tensioner features more robust components and a simpler design that uses technology from larger Bobcat loaders. A micro, serpentine-style V belt is used in the new belt tensioner system. This belt is more durable and decreases maintenance time.

The indicator lights for the Bobcat Interlock Control System (BICS) has been moved from the rear of the cab to the right-hand instrument panel. The BICS requires that the operator be seated in the loader with the seat bar down and the engine running before the hydraulic lift, tilt and the traction drive system can be operated. The auxiliary hydraulics will also deactivate when the operator raises the seat bar.

The S70 includes the Bob-Tach™ attachment system and a 14-pin attachment control kit. Bobcat is a leader in the design and manufacture of compact equipment attachments and provides 35 attachments that can be used on the S70. These attachments assist customers in a number of markets, from buildings and grounds to construction and landscaping, in performing a variety of labor-saving tasks.

The S70 has a transversely mounted engine and a tip-up cab for easier access when the machine needs to be serviced. The center-mounted, maintenance-free chaincase allows the S70 to travel through deep mud and other areas more easily because of its keel-shaped belly pan. The axle housings are fixed and welded to the chaincase, eliminating maintenance related to tightening bolts or other chain adjustments.

Fifty years ago, Bobcat Company unleashed a way to work better, smarter, faster. During 2008, the company is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bobcat compact equipment, which began with the Melroe Self-Propelled Loader — a three-wheeled front-end loader — in 1958. That machine evolved into the Bobcat skid-steer loader and spawned the worldwide compact equipment industry. Today, Bobcat continues to lead the world in the design, manufacture and distribution of compact equipment.

Bobcat Company, headquartered in West Fargo, N.D., is part of Doosan Infracore International (DII), a U.S.-based subsidiary of Doosan Infracore, a global manufacturer of construction equipment.

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QuickLook — Bobcat S70 Skid-Steer Loader

  • The smallest skid-steer loader available from Bobcat allows customers to work in confined jobsites, even where space is narrow and ceilings are low
  • The S70 is 71.4 inches high, 35.4 inches wide and 75.5 inches long without an attachment
  • Rated operating capacity of 700 pounds, operating weight of 2,845 pounds, powered by a 23.5-horsepower engine
  • New features include engine mounts that reduce vibration for greater operator comfort, and a hydrostatic pump centering and belt drive that require less maintenance
  • Bob-Tach™ system allows attachments to quickly be connected or removed from the loader; attachment control kit allows for greater attachment functionality