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Bobcat Company introduces R2-Series compact excavators with new design, performance and comfort enhancements

Posted: 03/10/2020

(WEST FARGO, N.D. – February 2020) Bobcat Company has enhanced its industry-leading compact excavators with the new R2-Series compact excavators. R2-Series pack the digging power of a larger machine into a compact frame that can fit into compact jobsites. Plus, new R2-Series excavators have been redesigned to deliver enhanced performance, control and efficiency.

The first R2-Series excavators to launch will include the Bobcat® E42 and E50 compact excavators. Additional R2-Series excavators from Bobcat will be introduced at a later date.

Improved low-effort joysticks

New R2-Series E42 and E50 excavators feature improved low-effort joysticks. They respond easily to operator input, enabling longer operation with less fatigue. Bobcat joysticks provide quick and precise movement with low effort, while the new hydraulic control valve offers improved metering, finite movement and controllability for level grading, as well as fast cycle times.

Depth Check ready

New R2-Series E42 and E50 excavators are approved and ready for the optional Bobcat depth check accessory kit for compact excavators. You can use this kit to improve profitability by minimizing the tendency to over- and under-dig. These excavators are designed to accept all depth check system components. Depth check functions are integrated with your standard 5-inch LCD display or the optional touch display. This simple, durable kit is wired, so job conditions or wireless signal loss never interfere with your digging accuracy.

Improved performance

New R2-Series excavators feature dual-flange track rollers that extend the undercarriage structure closer to the track’s edge.  The added stability features in this design results in an increase in lift-over-side capacity. It also improves over-the-side digging performance and slewing ability.

Redesigned Bobcat engine

New R2-Series excavators feature a more efficient engine that delivers the performance operators need while reducing and simplifying routine maintenance. The new engine improves cold-weather operation and includes a variety of features that make maintenance and service more convenient.

Improved versatility

R2-Series E42 and E50 excavators feature improved versatility. An optional clamp diverter valve has been added for enhanced hydraulic clamp functionality and improved ability to run other attachments without disconnecting the clamp. Auxiliary hydraulics are easier to reach and attach, thanks to a new location on the excavator arm. A standard integrated lift eye will give operators a convenient method for handling objects or moving them in and out of the trench.

New optional touch display and rear camera

With the most advanced in-cab display, operators can receive detailed machine information and experience unprecedented device connectivity. The 7-inch display panel, with a wide and easy-to-use touch screen, is waterproof and hardened to reduce scratching. Operators can view and toggle through machine performance information to make operation efficient, productive and profitable. The display also supports multiple languages.

Identify obstacles with the optional rear camera. The camera offers a continuous rear view from the operator’s seat when desired. The camera is mounted high and out of the way to prevent contact with obstacles and debris.

Improved cooling system

R2-Series E42 and E50 excavators will be equipped with a new cooling system with side-by-side heat exchangers. This feature controls engine compartment temperature more efficiently than ever before, improving performance and serviceability while protecting engine component life. Cleanout is easier, too. There is no need to separate coolers to remove debris or wash out the coolers. It also generates less noise to enhance operator comfort.

QuickLook: Bobcat R2-Series E42 compact excavator

Horsepower: 42.6-hp Bobcat turbo-charged diesel engine
Operating weight: 9,830 lb.
Maximum reach at ground level: 17.6 ft.
Maximum dig depth: 10.4 ft.
Maximum dump height: 12.3 ft.
Width: 72.8 in.
Auxiliary hydraulic flow: 20 gpm
Tail swing type: Conventional

QuickLook: Bobcat R2-Series E50 compact excavator

Horsepower: 49.7-hp Bobcat turbo-charged diesel engine
Operating weight: 11,357 lb.
Maximum reach at ground level: 19.3 ft.
Maximum dig depth: 11.4 ft.
Maximum dump height: 12.8ft.
Width:.72.8 in.
Auxiliary hydraulic flow: 20 gpm
Tail swing type: Minimal


Bobcat Company, headquartered in West Fargo, North Dakota, is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of compact equipment. Bobcat® compact equipment includes skid-steer, all-wheel steer, mini track and compact track loaders; excavators; VersaHANDLER® telescopic tool carriers; utility vehicles; Toolcat™ utility work machines; compact tractors; small articulated loaders, and attachments and implements. Bobcat is a global brand with more than 600 dealer locations in North America and the leader in compact equipment – the industry’s original innovator, beginning more than 60 years ago with the first compact machine and predecessor to the skid-steer loader. Bobcat leads the industry with state-of-the-art technology for its compact equipment, delivering the latest solutions to help customers work more productively. For more information on Bobcat products and technology, visit

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