For decades, compact equipment has been the bread and butter of Bobcat Company. But as a leading equipment manufacturer, it’s always a priority to look for the latest technology, innovation and product offerings to ensure customers are empowered to tackle their toughest jobs. This includes large-scale projects and jobsites, which require equally large equipment. Enter: Bobcat large excavators. Wondering what led to the introduction of our largest excavator yet? Bobcat marketing manager Jason Boerger shed some light on one of the latest product launches at Bobcat.
Q. What led to the launch of the Bobcat E165 large excavator?
A: At Bobcat Company, we’re constantly evaluating our new and current product offerings. We’re continuously gathering feedback from customers, and their feedback is always at the forefront of our product development. What we were finding with our customer research was that we had a number of existing customers with large-frame loaders who were also in need of an excavator larger than what we were offering, specifically, something in the 10- to 19-ton size class. The need primarily came from some of the larger projects they work on where a large excavator would be beneficial – foundation work, road work and other more heavy-duty construction tasks where they could work alongside large-frame loaders. The feedback was clear and consistent: We needed to offer a larger excavator. So at the end of the day, our customers asked and we delivered.
Q. What type of jobs and projects does the E165 open up for equipment owners?
A: The E165 is ideal for those heavy, large-scale digging and lifting operations our customers are tackling on commercial and residential building sites, underground utility applications and road and bridge projects. Additionally, both the E145 and E165 complement the performance of 700 and 800 frame size Bobcat compact track and skid-steer loaders. By pairing these machines, operators and business owners can take on both large-scale jobsites and add more projects to their workload with the higher level of productivity the machines provide by working together.
Q. Which features of the E165 will appeal to contractors if they’re considering expanding their fleet?
A: The E165 offers impressive performance and is equipped with a 131-hp turbocharged engine and conventional tail swing design. It delivers class-leading hydraulics to provide reliable, steady power to save operators valuable time. Its industry-leading lift capacity enables operators to move items with ease, as well as more slew torque for slewing uphill, backfilling and all-around productivity.
The E165 also offers four selectable power modes: power+ mode, power mode, standard power mode and economy mode. This gives customers the opportunity to adapt performance to any job at hand. Whether their priority is efficient fuel consumption or all-out power for tough applications, operators can set the machine’s performance to the demands of the job. All from the comfort of the cab.
Q. The E165 offers a power boost button that temporarily increases hydraulic power. Are there more unique features of the E165?
A: The power boost button that temporarily increases hydraulic power is a unique feature of Bobcat large excavators. Operators can take advantage of this feature on both the E145 and E165 excavators. Along with the option to choose between four power modes, the E145 and E165 also offer four work modes to tailor the excavator’s power to the application.
- Digging: This default setting delivers the power and response you need for general operation, from excavation to loading and lifting. Digging performance can be further optimized with the four power modes.
- Lifting: Lifting mode will increase pump torque, lower engine rpm and provide an automatic power boost for lifting materials and objects – like pipe or concrete barriers.
- Breaker: Breaker, or one-way auxiliary hydraulic flow, works great for attachments that only require hydraulic power from one direction, such as breakers or plate compactors.
- Shear: Shear, or two-way auxiliary hydraulic flow, is best for attachments that need bi-directional hydraulic flow, such as a hydraulic clamp, tilting bucket or shear.
Ready to add an E165 to your fleet? Find a local Bobcat dealer to learn more.