Bobcat's new L28 model is one of the company's two new smal articulated loaders
Bobcat’s new L28 model is one of the company’s two new small articulated loaders.

Bobcat has launched the new L23 and L28 small articulated loaders (SALs), offering high lift capacities in confined spaces, ease-of-use with simple intuitive controls and low ground disturbance for working on any terrain. These new SALs continue the company’s expansion into the compact wheeled loader market and confirm that it now has the largest loader portfolio of any manufacturer in the world.

Designed and built by Bobcat in North America, the new SALs offer impressive stability and tipping loads of up to 1.39t. It’s therefore easy to place loads with the SALs over trenches and pavements, a task that’s further enhanced by the excellent all-round visibility on both machines. The high lift capacities compared to machine weight are ideal for heavy lift and carry operations in confined areas. The extendable boom on the L28 provides more options for easy placement of loads, and counterweight options allow the user to customise the capacity to the application.

The machines’ compact size, with a width of a little more than one metre, combined with a tight turning radius, allow Bobcat SALs to work easily even in tricky and hard-to-reach areas. Despite their robust construction, the SALs are also built to be light enough for easy transportation.

“SALs pack a serious punch in a compact, lightweight package that’s wonderfully easy to operate, making them a powerful and handy multi-purpose tool for a wide range of applications,” Bobcat’s loaders product manager, John Chattaway, said. “Both the L23 and L28 are 25hp machines with intuitive controls that make them ideal for almost any user to operate, appealing to an even wider customer base and extending the reach of Bobcat loader products.

Bobcat's L28 has a telescoping lift arm that extends the lifting height and reach
Bobcat’s L28 has a telescoping lift arm that extends the lifting
height and reach.

“The key attributes that SAL users are looking for are a high lifting capacity coupled with stability and low ground disturbance as these machines are mainly used in load and carry applications. Bobcat brings to this market the company’s years of experience in the loader business enabling us to build machines that are safe, reliable and very durable. This adds up to a quality of machine not matched by our competitors.”

Bobcat SALs are available with canopy and cab versions, both specially designed to provide extra space where needed for easy entry, exit and operator comfort. The controls are intuitive for all levels of operator experience and an enclosed cab and heated seat are available for colder climates.

A simple, intuitive twin-pedal design on the SALs enables quick and easy direction changes: one pedal moves the machine forward, the other puts it into reverse. These travel controls are easy for operators to master, making the SAL a great choice for seasonal employees or rental customers. It is also convenient and simple for operators who need to master controls for multiple machines.

In addition to its impressive lift capacity, the L28 has a telescoping lift arm that extends the lifting height and reach. It also includes an innovative dual-cylinder design that keeps the load level as the operator moves the bucket and handles materials at height. The telescopic cylinder is synchronised with a hydraulic levelling link, providing assistance with levelling and helping to prevent spillage over the back of the bucket, again greatly improving ease-of-use and productivity.

To ensure the new SALs are truly multi-purpose machines, Bobcat has utilised the company’s unmatched expertise in attachments, to develop a special version of the proprietary Bob-Tach attachment mounting system allowing the use of both S70/MT55 and S100/S450 approved attachments.

The dependable, in-line mounted, high-torque engine is Stage V certified, but mechanically governed so it can be used in all regions. The efficient cooling system on the SALs offers improved operation and component protection for class-leading performance.

The new SALs are truly multi-purpose machines because Bobcat has developed a special version of the its Bob-Tach attachment mounting system, allowing the use of both S70/MT55 and S100/S450 approved attachments
The new SALs are truly multi-purpose machines because Bobcat has developed a special version of its Bob-Tach mounting system that allows the use of both S70/MT55 and S100/S450 approved attachments.

Specifically designed not to damage surfaces, Bobcat SALs achieve very minimal ground disturbance not only through the use of an articulated joint that enables the rear tyres to match the front tyre path when turning, but also the turf-safe mode that limits wheel slippage. This means Bobcat SALs are ideal for those landscaping, construction and maintenance projects where space is minimal and ground care is needed.

Depending on the operating conditions, Bobcat SALs automatically enable one of two traction modes: High-Traction Mode for control over rough and slippery terrain or Turf-Safe Mode for the least possible ground disturbance.

In the High-Traction Mode, when the steering wheel is not turning, improved traction provides excellent control and mobility over rough or slippery terrain. The Turf-Safe Mode allows active steering and keeps the wheels from scrubbing on the ground, causing the least possible ground disturbance. In addition, an optional traction assist, similar to a differential lock, enables the operator to momentarily override the automatic modes to travel through adverse conditions at the touch of a switch.

Bobcat small articulated loaders

L23

L28

Engine power

25hp

Hydraulic flow – Pressure

45.8 lit/min – 2,900 psi

Operating weight

1,719kg

1,903kg

Tipping load (Straight)

1,265kg

1,391kg

ROC (straight / retracted)

633kg

696kg

Travel speed

13.2km/hr

13.4km/hr

Overall width

1,105mm

1,118mm

Lift height (*extended)

2,169mm

*2,650mm

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