Bobcat extends R2-Series range with eight-tonne offering

BOBCAT has expanded its R2-Series mini-excavator portfolio with the launch of the new E88 eight-tonne Stage V compliant model.

The machine replaces the E85 M-Series machine and boasts new features such as an optional fourth AUX4 auxiliary tilt coupler line, a fifth AUX5 hydraulic coupler line as standard, and a longer undercarriage.

The E88 is powered by a Bobcat D24 four-cylinder engine, offering a maximum power output of 48.5 kW (65 HP). To meet Stage V emission levels, the engine uses diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and a diesel particulate filter (DPF), replacing selective catalytic reduction.

The cab retains the design of the one in the E60, described by the manufacturer as ‘easy and safe’ to get in and out of thanks to the wide doors, a 3D handle, anti-slip step on the undercarriage, and foot space above the track.

The high back seat is longitudinally and vertically adjustable, and is equipped with a head rest as standard. The seat adjustment is independent from the joystick and armrest adjustments, while important information is displayed on the standard five-inch display or on an optional seven-inch touch screen display.

Cab heating and air conditioning is included, which is adjustable and can be used to defog windows. The E88 can be optionally equipped with automatic temperature control (Auto HVAC).

Bobcat revealed that the new E88 excavator is engineered with ‘narrower but solid’ cab pillars and ‘ample’ glass surface area. For better awareness of the job site area, especially in confined spaces, the model can be equipped with the rear camera kit.

The R2-Series machine is available with Standard Arm and Long Arm configurations.