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Bobcat enhanced skid-steer loader offers increased control options for MEA users

Bobcat continues to sell an average of well over one thousand S450 machines every year in MEA markets. (Image source: Bobcat)

Bobcat has announced the launch of an enhanced version of the S450 M-Series skid-steer loader for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) to offer users new control options alongside the proven 2.4 l mechanical engine already in use in larger Bobcat models

The updated S450 model offers a joystick controls option for the first time in the standard cab version of the machine, making the S450 the first skid-steer loader of its type on the market to offer hand and foot controls (standard cab/standard seat) and joystick controls - NEW option (standard cab/standard seat).

The manual (hand and foot) controls remain as standard for the base model, and are available for any type of cab, without adjusting the levers and foot pedals. 

The joystick controls are now available for the standard cab only, without adjusting the joysticks and not connected to the standard seat. These generally allow new or younger generation operators to learn to operate the control patterns more quickly and help experienced operators work longer thanks to the lower effort required to use them. 

There is a choice of either ISO (one hand for driving and the other hand to control the work group) or H-Pattern (partly mirrors the manual controls, driving with both hands) control patterns.

Operators also benefit from more flexibility, with additional functions at their fingertips, including:

• Two-speed operation - the availability of the higher speed improves productivity by reducing the time and fuel consumption to do the same task;

• Remote control ready - allows a radio remote control or Wi-Fi max control device to be installed in minutes to remotely operate the machine from a safe distance. The user should check for approval for use in their region/country;

• Horsepower management - this function prevents the engine from stalling when overloaded.

Further benefits of the new S450 include the availability of the bucket position option in the standard cab version (keeping the bucket and other attachments levelled in the same position); a cabin air conditioning option (a unique feature in the size of machine in MEA); and a full range of tyres including the option of versatile duty tyres for the first time in this model.

Gaby Rhayem, regional director for Middle East and Africa at Bobcat, commented, “The new S450 is designed to further strengthen its unrivalled number one position in its own class and in the MEA compact loader market overall, where the company has a market share of over 50%, reaching as high as 80% in some MEA countries. As well as being the most popular skid-steer loader in the region, the S450 is far and away the most reliable and as a result has the highest resale value on the market. A used S450 with four years/4000 h on the clock will typically sell for 60% of the original price, representing an unbeatable return on investment for our customers.”