The Bobcat S70 skid-steer loader and MT55 mini-track loader have won Lowest Cost of Ownership Awards in their respective categories as part of a new annual series of awards organised by EquipmentWatch, a world leader in data, software and insights for the heavy equipment industry.
The Lowest Cost of Ownership Awards are the industry’s only accolade of its kind, based on empirical data regarding the long-term cost of heavy and compact equipment. Nominees were recognised within 15 different categories of machine that exhibit the lowest cost of ownership over a five year span.
The S70 won the Lowest Cost of Ownership Award in the category entitled Skid Steer Loaders and the MT55 was the winner in the Loaders Compact Track category. Other categories included those entitled Backhoes, Dozers Track Large, Motor Graders and Excavators Crawler Medium, which was won by the Doosan DX300LC-5 30 tonne excavator.
The S70 skid-steer loader is the smallest model in the Bobcat skid-steer loader range. With a width of 901 mm, a height of 1814 mm, an overall length with standard bucket of 2472 mm and an operating weight of only 1268 kg, the S70 skid-steer loader ticks all the boxes for compactness, transportability and manoeuvrability. The rated operating capacity of the S70 is 343 kg (ISO 14397-1).
With its small dimensions, the S70 model can access sites with narrow openings such as gates, alleys or aisles. The S70 is ideal for work in tight areas where larger machines cannot manoeuvre effectively. It provides a versatile and compact solution for rental fleets, demolition, construction, landscaping, farming and general material-handling applications.
The S70 is driven by the 17.5 kW Kubota D1005-E4B-BC-3 diesel engine. The power output from the engine together with the 1268 kg operating weight results in a higher power to weight ratio compared to other machines on the market. With a hydraulic flow of 37 l/min, the S70 offers excellent versatility through the ability to work with an extensive range of Bobcat attachments.
Compact yet powerful, the MT55 mini-track loader is ideal for mechanising manual work in confined and limited access areas where it is not possible to use larger machines. With an overall width with bucket of just 903 mm, length with bucket of 2365 mm and height of 1246 mm, the MT55 is ideal for digging, loading and clean-up applications (both indoor and out), particularly on construction, demolition and landscaping sites.
Powered by a 17.5 kW Kubota D902-E3B diesel engine, the MT55 has a rated operating capacity (ISO 5998) of 254 kg and a tipping load of 732 kg. With the arms in the fully raised position, the MT55 has a height to hinge pin of 1807 mm and a dump height of 1265 mm.
The MT55 features an all hydrostatic transmission and track drive system, providing smooth operation and excellent manoeuvrability. The durable rubber-track undercarriage of the MT55 distributes the loader’s operating weight of 1186 kg over a large area to reduce ground pressure and minimise disturbance to turf and other established surfaces. The C-Pattern tracks provide excellent traction and flotation for digging and other applications and for working in muddy or wet conditions. The MT55 has a maximum forward travel speed of 5.6 km/h and 2.3 km/h in reverse.
Thanks to more than 20 attachments, its compact size, low ground pressure, and outstanding manoeuvrability, the MT55 is an ideal machine for the equipment rental industry as well as landscape contractors, eliminating much of the hand labour normally found in earthmoving and fencing applications.
Total cost of ownership is one of the most important aspects that buyers take into account when they purchase equipment and these two awards show why Bobcat equipment is always rated highly for great performance and value-for-money. The awards are also a further confirmation of why the Bobcat range of skid-steer, compact track and all-wheel steer loaders continues to lead the market worldwide.