Bobcat has taken the covers off its all-new MT85 mini track loader, following it the footsteps of the MT52 was introduced more than a decade ago.
“The Bobcat MT85 boasts more power, increased lifting capabilities, additional stability and durable components to help operators efficiently complete everyday or challenging tasks in limited-space jobsites,” Bobcat says in a release.
Bobcat MT85 mini track loaders are designed for professionals in landscaping and rental, followed by construction, buildings and grounds, and agriculture applications. Owners can use the MT85 as a stand-alone machine or pair it with other Bobcat compact equipment to efficiently complete a variety of projects.
The MT85 has a 35 percent higher rated operating capacity (ROC) than prior mini track loader iterations – rated at 850 pounds – to lift, carry and dump materials. For additional productivity, MT85 operators can lift materials higher with an increase of 12 percent in lift height. For As well, the lift arm breakout force has been increased by 29 percent from the smaller MT55 mini track loader.
A change from prior Bobcat mini track loaders, the new MT85 is designed with dual ISO joystick controls. The loader’s drive function is controlled by the left-hand joystick. The right-hand joystick controls the loader’s lift and tilt functions. Gauges and dials on the loader’s dash panel remain unchanged from the MT55.
A new operator presence / safety pedal regulates the auxiliary hydraulic flow for use with approved attachments. The pedal must be engaged when the operator is using an attachment with detent hydraulic flow, such as trenching, snowblowing, digging holes with an auger or pushing / sweeping material with an angle broom.
A standard ride-on platform gives operators better visibility to the front-mounted attachment, such as the loader bucket’s cutting edges.
Additional comfort features include a roller on the back of the loader frame to help reduce vibration and provide a smoother ride; standard hip pads; larger grab handles for getting on and off of the loader; and a cup holder. A storage compartment is located on the left side of the operator for convenience.
Another performance benefit of the new ride-on platform is a higher forward travel speed of 4 mph and 2.3 mph when operating in reverse.
A new option for the MT85 mini track loader is the common industry interface (CII). The CII will allow customers who are accustomed to this pin on design to retain the familiarity of their chosen interface and have it matched to a Bobcat mini track loader. New Bobcat attachments introduced with the CII interface include:
- Buckets: 36 or 44 inches
- Hydraulic breaker
- Pallet fork
Bobcat says the MT85 mini track loader can turn within its tracks, with minimal turf damage, to complete projects where larger machines can’t fit. Owners can choose between two widths – 36 inches with narrow tracks or 44 inches with wide tracks.
MT85 mini track loader specs:
Rated operating capacity: 850 lb. (385kg)
Engine: 25 hp Tier 4-compliant diesel (18,6 kW)
Lift height to hinge pin: 80.9 in. (2056 mm)
Operating weight: 3110 lb. (1410 kg)
Auxiliary hydraulic flow: 12 gpm (45,2 L/min.)
- 36 inches with bucket (narrow tracks)
- 44 inches with bucket (wide tracks)
Maximum forward travel speed: 4 mph (6,4 k/hr.)
Maximum reverse travel speed: 2.3 mph (3,7 k/hr.)
Ground clearance: 8 in. (203 mm)
Ground pressure: 3.5 psi (wide tracks); 4.9 psi (narrow tracks)