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Compact Track Loaders / Performance Features

Durable Track System – Loaders

Bobcat® compact track loaders feature the industry’s toughest forged steel idlers, steel imbed tracks and  better-protected hydraulic hoses and drive motors. For you, each of these features contributes to long-lasting durability, less maintenance and better uptime protection.

Feature Details

Better Wear And Protection Of Components

Drive motors and hydraulic hoses on Bobcat compact track loaders

Unlike other compact track loader suspension systems, Bobcat drive motors and hydraulic hoses are solid-mounted. Hoses are better protected from snags, vibrations and rubbing during operation. Bobcat drive motor hoses are intentionally hidden so they're not exposed to normal debris, such as mud and sticks that are kicked up during operation. Better protection of these hoses means more uptime for you.

The tough, forged steel rollers achieve a smooth ride without using weaker plastic or rubber. The benefits include:

  • Forged steel doesn't "chunk out" when it wears, like rubber can.
  • Forged steel is much more durable and able to hold up to hard objects like pea rock.
  • Steel rollers feature polished shafts for increased service life and loading.
  • Bobcat steel rollers are permanently sealed and lubricated with synthetic oil, requiring no routine maintenance.
  • Forged steel rollers offer an improved ride and improved overall track life.

Forged Steel Idlers

Drive motors and hydraulic hoses on Bobcat compact track loaders

Steel idlers guide and support the track around the ends of the undercarriage:

  • Front idlers absorb shock loads and are part of a simple system, which helps maintain track tension.
  • Dual flange front idlers provide a smoother ride and better operator comfort.
  • The forged steel is much more durable than rubber because it will not wear as easily or chunk out.
  • They are permanently sealed and lubricated and require no routine maintenance.

Steel Imbed Tracks

Our tracks are tougher out of necessity of keeping downtime to a minimum. Custom-made and built for the longest-possible service life, these durable rubber tracks feature three main components that make them better than simple Kevlar-coated rubber tracks or other steel tracks.

Bobcat tracks utilize internal steel cables, similar to steel belted radial tires, which provide a strong base. Unlike 100 percent rubber tracks, these cables do not stretch, minimizing the need (or frequency) to tension the tracks allowing you to stay on the job longer.

Steel imbeds guide and support the center of the track when engaging the drive sprocket. This adds durability and greatly increases the amount of torque the track can withstand from the drive sprocket. When the tracks can withstand more torque, it means you are able to increase the pushing force of the machine.

Special rubber compound is molded around the cables and imbeds to produce a strong, continuous rubber track, reducing fatigue and cracking. The offset C-pattern track design provides the best combination of both floatation and traction.

Solid-Mounted Undercarriage

Bobcat T740 compact track loader with standard undercarriage.

Most models feature the standard solid-mounted undercarriage. It provides improved traction to work in mud, sand, manure, dirt and other soft conditions.

You benefit from:

  • Better ride quality with reduced machine vibration and operation noise
  • Raised cutouts between the rollers for easier cleaning
  • A smooth machine bottom that reduces catch points for stumps, branches, and other debris
  • Higher ground clearance on the bottom and center of the machine where it’s most important to clear curbs and other obstacles without contacting them.
  • Increased fuel tank capacities mean you can operate longer without refueling

Roller Suspension

Bobcat compact track loader with Roller Suspension system.

The Roller Suspension system is available as an option on most models. It features all the same benefits as the standard solid-mounted undercarriage, but as the industry’s first all-steel suspension system, it provides a better level of comfort without sacrificing durability.

  • Steel leaf springs provide more comfort without utilizing flimsy plastic or rubber components, minimizing maintenance costs
  • Operate your loader in more conditions – even sand and pea rock
  • Experience a new level of comfort with reduced vibration and noise
  • Increased fuel tank capacities mean you can operate longer without refueling

Review all of the Roller Suspension system benefits.

How To Choose

Understand Track Pattern Options

With the right track pattern, you can match your track to your work conditions. Multiple patterns are available in our parts catalog, including C-Pattern, Multi-Bar Lug, and Non-Marking Turf tracks.