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Bobcat launches new version of S450 skid-steer loader for Middle East and Africa markets

Staff Report,

18 Oct 2023

Popular skid-steer updated with new 2.4 litre engine and Joystick operator control option

Bobcat has updated its S450 M-Series skid-steer loader for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) market, launching an enhanced version of the market-leading machine with a new Joystick control option and the proven 2.4 litre mechanical engine already in use in the larger Bobcat S510 and S530 models in MEA instead of the original 2.2 litre engine.

The S450 is already a dependable and established model in the MEA markets, with Bobcat selling an average of well over 1,000 units of the S450 every year in the region. The compact equipment leader said the new S450 builds on the well-proven Bobcat track record for very reliable equipment and maximum uptime, giving MEA customers in construction, rental, agriculture and general industry the confidence and peace of mind to always carry out their work in a timely and productive manner.

Gaby Rhayem, Regional Director for Middle East and Africa at Bobcat, said: “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 4 years/4000 h on the clock will typically sell for 60% of the original price, representing an unbeatable return on investment for our customers.”

The updated S450 model now offers a Joystick Controls option for the first time in the standard cab version of the machine. The S450 is therefore the first skid-steer loader of its type on the market to offer the following choice of controls:

• Hand and Foot Controls (standard cab/standard seat)
• 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.

The Joystick Controls generally allow new or younger generation operators to learn to operate the control patterns more quickly, and they find them easier to handle than traditional manual controls. There is a choice of either ISO or H-Pattern control patterns:

1. ISO – one hand for driving and the other hand to control the work group.
2. H-Pattern – partly mirrors the manual controls, driving with both hands.

Joystick Controls also help experienced operators work longer thanks to the lower effort needed to use them. In addition, with the flip of a switch, operators have more flexibility, with additional functions at their fingertips, including these features:

• 2-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

Another novel option for MEA in the new S450 is the availability of the Bucket Position option in the standard cab version. This option keeps the bucket and other attachments such as pallet forks levelled in the same position. The system functions only during the upward lift cycle.

Bobcat also offers the option of air conditioning in the cab in the new S450, a unique feature in this size of machine in MEA.

To better optimise tyres for applications, and to improve running costs, Bobcat offers a full range of tyres for the S450, including the option of Versatile Duty Tyres for the first time in this model. With their bi-directional design, Versatile Duty Tyres can be used on most common mixed surfaces, improving lifetime significantly.

Bobcat S450 skid-steer loader – brief specifications:

• Rated operating capacity (ISO 14397-1): 608 kg
• Tipping load (ISO 14397-1): 1215 kg
• Operating weight: 2365 kg
• Lift path: Radial
• Height (top of cab): 1976 mm
• Width over tyres: 1490 mm
• Length with standard bucket: 3172 mm
• Height to bucket hinge pin: 2781 mm
• Dump Height: 2157 mm
• Maximum travel speed (low range): 11.4 km/h
• Maximum travel speed (high range): 14.8 km/h
• Standard hydraulic flow: 64.0 l/min
• Engine Power (SAE J1995): 48.1hp (35.9 kW)


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