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Summer 2008

Redesigned Instrument Panel for Bobcat Loaders

A new, easey-to-read instrument panel will be available for nearly all Bobcat loaders.

Bobcat continues to lead innovation in compact equipment with introduction of new instrumentation for its skid-steer loaders, compact track loaders and the A300 all-wheel steer loader. Significant changes were made to the left instrument panel that provides easy-to-read features that resemble automotive instrumentation.

The left instrument panel includes indicator lights, warning lights, gauges, a press-to-operate button and traction lock override. An operator can easily get important machine information from one location. The indicator lights for the Bobcat Interlock Control System (BICS) require the operator to be seated, with the engine running and the “Press to Operate” button pressed, to operate the lift, tilt and traction functions. The previous instrument panel had the indicator light on whenever the BICS was engaged. The new automobile-style light is more intuitive, alerting the operator when there is a system warning and preventing eye strain when operating the equipment at night.

The new left panel features an easier to read self-diagnostic screen with enhanced alpha numeric characters to better explain the service codes. Bobcat loaders provide on-board diagnostics to efficiently troubleshoot problems in the field or prevent them before they occur — reducing downtime for you.

On the new instrumentation, pressing the information button brings up a screen which displays an hour meter, service reminders, service codes and two new items: Engine RPM and system voltage. The engine RPM display allows you to better monitor the engine speed for fuel consumption: the voltage display helps you monitor the machine’s electrical system performance to help prevent downtime.