NOTEBOOK: Bobcat Unleashes A Beast

NOTEBOOK: Bobcat Unleashes A Beast

New T86 compact track loader and S86 skid steer are the iron merchant's most powerful loaders to date.

September 23, 2022

Bobcat has unveiled its T86 compact track loader and S86 skid-steer loader, which it claims are it's most powerful loaders to date as well as raises the bar for  productivity, attachment versatility, speed, control and weight-to-horsepower ratios.

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Bobcat's S86

The compact loader delivers three hydraulic flow options in one machine, setting a new industry benchmark in performance and attachment versatility. Also setting the T86 and S86 apart is the West Fargo-based manufacturer's exclusive Premium Power Performance, a power management system that distributes power more efficiently on loaders equipped with high-flow and super-flow hydraulics.

"Bobcat has redefined best-in-class performance with the toughness, productivity and capabilities of the new T86 and S86 loaders," said Jorge De Hoyos, Bobcat senior product manager for loaders, in a statement. "We’re expanding our equipment lineup to support our customers’ most challenging jobs. With these compact loaders delivering more usable engine and hydraulic horsepower than ever before, we are empowering customers to accomplish even more.".

The T86 and S86 loaders offer greater attachment versatility and productivity. Bobcat engineered each component – including the engine, pumps and hydraulic system – to deliver maximum hydraulic performance so operators can work quicker, lift more and take productivity to new heights.

The three hydraulic flow options are:

  • Standard Flow (23.0 gpm, 3,500 psi) (Standard) - Select standard flow to operate attachments that require lower hydraulic horsepower.
  • High Flow (36.6 gpm, 3,500 psi) (Optional) - This system provides additional hydraulic power to boost production of attachments like the Bobcat flail cutter, trencher, planer and stump grinder.
  • Super Flow (42 gpm, 4,061 psi) (Optional) - Tackle the most demanding attachment applications, including pavement milling and clearing land of trees and heavy brush, with attachments designed specifically for super-flow hydraulics.

Bobcat designed its attachments to be fully integrated with the carrier’s electronics, hydraulics and geometry. And, with these 80-platform loaders, operators have added attachment versatility. The T86 and S86 can power a wide variety of attachments including those specifically designed for super-flow hydraulics such as super-flow snowblowers, cold planers and forestry drum mulchers.

Several attachments require control of more than one function, and Bobcat’s small, seven-pin attachment harness activates power and fingertip control functions while eliminating the need for the mechanical relays used on other loaders. The T86 delivers added usable engine and hydraulic horsepower with 105 hp and 3,800 lbs. rated operating capacity.

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Bobcat's T86

Equipped with Bobcat's latest tech, the T86 and S86 loaders are among the industry’s most powerful, maneuverable and efficient loaders in their class size. Bobcat boosted the horsepower for the T86 and S86 while optimizing machine weight, resulting in greater lifting capacity, impressive breakout forces and leading maneuverability for fast cycle times.

The T86 and S86 loaders’ R-Series cooling system has been completely redesigned for optimal operation and maximum uptime availability. Bobcat’s R-Series loaders feature a larger, higher capacity radiator and a cooling fan that is about twice the size of traditional fans. The fan achieves more cooling at a slower rotation and is more energy efficient. The larger fan also generates less noise around the engine for a quieter ride and operation.

Heavy-duty steel louvers also provide the airflow needed for optimal operation. The machine’s fan pulls cool air in through the tailgate to significantly reduce temperatures inside the engine compartment. Other features contributing to these loaders' enhanced cooling include the reversible fan, a higher capacity radiator and larger auxiliary hydraulic hoses and tube lines.

Both the T86 and S86 come with Bobcat’s Tier 4 solution engine. Bobcat engines meet Tier 4 regulations without a diesel particulate filter (DPF). This reduces downtime that occurs with DPF regeneration and long-term DPF maintenance costs, so operators can focus on what they do best – getting down to work.

The R-Series T86 and S86 feature a well-designed operator experience for all-day productivity. The cab is designed as a low-noise, low-vibration work environment. As a one-piece, sealed cab and a quieter cooling system, Bobcat has reduced interior sound levels, as well as around the machine.

The triple-flange, rear idler and optional 5-link torsion suspension undercarriage also reduces vibration, providing operators with a high level of comfort for long days of heavy-duty work. Dedicated comfort features include a roomy cab, a heated air-ride seat, automatic heat and air conditioning, ergonomic controls, innovative displays and options to deliver greater comfort and easier machine control for higher operator productivity. 

Three work-group-response settings allow operators to adjust the joystick sensitivity of lift and tilt functions to match operation preference with the demands of the job. Users can adjust between slower and smooth movements for precision operations, as well as faster lift and tilt functions for applications that require more speed. This provides the ability to tailor the loader’s drive response to individual preferences for precise control and enhanced productivity. It is possible to set the drive response for smooth movements and precise control or adjust to a faster response drive for a proficient operator or when applications require faster cycle times.

The easy-to-read cab display, a standard feature in R-Series loaders, provides full-featured machine interaction and monitoring capabilities from right in the cab. The rear-view camera, which is standard equipment on the T86 and S86, offers a rear view from the operator’s seat, helping to identify obstacles on the job site. 

Bobcat’s advanced technologies give contractors the ability to track, monitor and manage equipment more efficiently, whether it's one unit or an entire fleet. Snow pros can stay connected to their Bobcat machines at any time and from virtually anywhere with Machine IQ. Bobcat machine owners can remotely access Machine IQ, a wireless information system, to monitor machine health and track information that enhances maintenance, security and performance.

With Bobcat MaxControl, operators can remotely operate their machine or create geofences for object avoidance during semi-autonomous operations. Take the T86 and S86 loaders to the next level of operation, such as operating the machine from outside the cab or setting up geofences around objects on the job site to avoid.