First Bobcat compact wheel loader rolls off the production line

Jiri Karmazin

BOBCAT has confirmed the company’s first new L85 compact wheel loader is now in full production.

The machine, which is being produced at Bobcat’s plant in Dobris in the Czech Republic, has been described as being designed to set a new ‘market-leading performance benchmark’ in this market segment. 

Jiri Karmazin, loaders product manager at Bobcat, said, “The L85 is built with proven components including the engine, structures, axles, electronics and hydraulics sourced either from Bobcat or our prestigious Tier 1 suppliers. Many components are already widely used in our market-leading compact loaders, mini-excavators and telehandlers, and the L85 undergoes the same final assembly and test procedures as these products.”

The L85 is intended for use in a range of sectors including construction, landscaping, industrial, waste, recycling and agriculture. The loader is equipped as standard with the Power Quick-Tach system compatible with widely used industry standard couplers. To run high-flow attachments such as a snow blower and an angle broom, the L85 can be fitted with a high flow option.

Another feature is the Advanced Attachment Control, a system which allows operators to switch to an alternative machine control pattern at the touch of a button.  

Bobcat explained the location of the controls is designed to make the L85 ‘easy and comfortable’ to operate even during long shifts. The direction-changing switch is on the front side of the joystick and is index-finger operated. Controls for differential lock, turtle/rabbit mode, boom float and auxiliary flow control are all on the top of the joystick.

The joystick’s position is adjustable horizontally and integrated in the operator’s suspension seat. The steering column is also adjustable in two directions – horizontal and vertical.

The L85 is equipped as standard with a heating system, with a full heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system available as a factory option.