Bobcat E85: Solid digging

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The Bobcat E85 is mid-range in the Doosan Infracore range because the same machine is sold as both Doosan and Bobcat. It is a relatively old model because the initial release was in 2013.

The test machine had a longer dipper stick and a larger counterweight. The range was also perceived as very good. The Bobcat's hydraulics were still described as a bit complicated, and the joysticks, which were too stiff, were unhelpful. Also, during driving, the function of the hydraulics left much to be desired. On the other hand, the switching button for activating the swivel joint was judged to be a successful solution, since no foot pedal had to be actuated; there was no foot pedal in the machine anyway. In terms of the tipping load measurements, the values of the Bobcat were at a good standard.

The performance of the Bobcat airconditioning system was clearly the weakest in the group, even though the system was maintained during the test. The machine was the only one with a cabin temperature which remained above 30 degrees at the end of the cooling test. The difference between this result and the best result was 7 degrees. The sound pressure level at maximum fan power and the sound power level of the machine, however, were among the lowest in the test.

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The accessibility of the filters and daily checkpoints of the Bobcat is very good. For example, the forward-tilted operator's cab facilitates access to the valve unit. The battery is ingeniously positioned next to the boom. It is tempting to use the space remaining over it as a storage space, because with such small machines, space is precious. It would also be very easy to make a storage container to put in the space.

The functions of the liquid crystal display are versatile. As with larger machines, this allows you to keep an eye on maintenance intervals and fuel consumption.

PRAISE & CRITICISM

  • Stability during digging
  • Lateral tipping load
  • Daily checks and positioning of the filters
  • Air-conditioning system power
  • Driving and using the hydraulics at the same time is impossible
  • Pretty stiff joysticks

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