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Bobcat’s new compact excavator

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article image The Bobcat 325D compact excavator.

BOBCAT Australia has introduced the new 325D compact excavator featuring improved serviceability, advanced instrumentation and hydraulic control, additional operator comfort and new styling.

The 325D also features a swing-open tailgate for superior engine access and servicing. The new tailgate is made of die-formed, 7mm steel eliminating the need for cast counterweights commonly found on compact excavators.

For routine maintenance, the fuel fill control valve and associated plumbing is easily accessible through a convenient cover located on the right side of the excavator.

The new 325D has centralised grease zerks for the swing pinion and bearing and offset cylinder. The zerks are located on the excavator's left-front comer to further simplify servicing.

New piston-pump hydraulic systems improve engine horsepower management and control of the work group - house swing, boom, dipper and bucket functions.

The 325D has the highest bucket breakout force and best cycle times in its class enabling operators to complete more work in less time.

The excavator features an industry-exclusive auxiliary hydraulic function switch located on the right joystick, which provides fingertip control of auxiliary functions.

This is the only auxiliary hydraulic system in the industry to offer variable flow control built into the joystick. It also gives operators the ability of locked-on (dented) flow in both directions.

New instrumentation on the 325D includes sweep gauges for engine temperature and fuel level as well as lighted icons to indicate machine and warnings. A new digital readout shows engine hours, RPM and resettablejob clock.

If the engine coolant temperature, oil pressure or hydraulic oil temperature reach critical levels, the monitoring system will safely shut down the excavator to decrease chances of machine damage.

Ideal for rental and large fleets, an ISO/STD control pattern selection feature is standard equipment on the 325D. This allows operators to quickly switch between the ISO and standard control patterns.

Raising the operator console will lockout the joystick and traction functions, preventing inadvertent operation and enhancing operator safety, an icon in the instrument panel indicates when the control console is down and the controls are active.

Two-piece folding pedals control travel and boom offset functions. When these functions are not needed the rear portion of the pedals can be folded forward and locked stationary, to provide additional foot room and an operator footrest for increased operator comfort.

The two-speed travel function is activated by a thumb switch mounted on the blade control lever. Boom and frame-mounted work lights are standard on the 325D Excavator.

Optional cab-mounted lights also are available. A cup holder is located in the operator area for convenient beverage storage.

Clark Equipment 02 9477 8551.

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