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Smart Cooling – Loaders

Your cooling system must keep up with your project demands, harsh working conditions and long days. The Bobcat® cooling system features a quiet fan, efficient design and protected components.

Efficient Cooling

Bobcat loader cooling fan.

Bobcat loaders have a patented cooling system that draws cool, clean air from above the engine and forces it out two side vents. This design keeps hot air away from the operator, cools more efficiently, and keeps engine components cleaner. Other systems usually pull dirty air over the top of the tires or from the rear of the loader.

Reversing Fan

Reversing fan pushing out debris from cooling system on Bobcat loader video.

Developed for dusty and light-material applications, the optional reversing fan gives you the ability to keep the radiator area cleaner for longer.

In auto or manual mode, the system will reverse and remove dust and debris from the rear screen. It extends productivity and uptime by reducing the immediate need to clean debris by hand.

Activate the system by using a rocker switch on the control panel inside the cab. You can choose between off, auto, and manual modes.

Quieter Operation

Bobcat S590 skid-steer loader with grapple attachment carrying bales of hay.

Up to 30 percent quieter than ordinary cooling fans, the hydraulically powered SmartFAN senses the temperature of the machine and only turns as fast as needed.

Protected Cooling Location

Bobcat loader engine compartment.

Some manufacturers still place radiators immediately inside the tailgate where the cooling package can be damaged by rebar, sticks or other items that can poke through the tailgate ventilation holes. The Bobcat radiator and hydraulic oil cooler are well protected between the frame uprights, above the engine. This also leaves the rear of the engine freely accessible for daily maintenance checks.

Compare Brands

There’s a huge difference between published specs and real-world testing. Bobcat Advantage® puts the industry’s top compact equipment brands in tough challenges to show you the differences. Objective tests and competitive comparisons measure up Bobcat, Kubota®, Caterpillar®, Case®, and New Holland® loaders.

Intelligent Cooling

Video overview of cooling systems inside compact track loaders.

You’re probably not thinking about your loader’s cooling system when it’s working. However, it directly impacts engine life. A cooler, cleaner machine lasts longer. Bobcat loaders use a patented design that intelligently directs clean air through your engine. However, not every manufacturer designs cooling systems the same way. Kubota, Caterpillar and Case, New Holland loaders allow dirty, dusty air to enter the engine compartment. Watch the test to see for yourself.