Bobcat has launched the new generation R-Series B730 backhoe loader, replacing the company’s first generation B700, B730 and B750 models, for sale in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. Available in a choice of different configurations for diverse applications, the new R-Series B730 backhoe loader is aimed at sectors such as construction, utility, rental, roadworks, demolition, excavation, waste, recycling, landscaping, agriculture and others.
The new B730 was launched today in an online event with a virtual global premiere for the MEA region, with top Bobcat officials of the region attending remotely.
Gul Nalcaci, product manager for Bobcat backhoe loaders, said: “The R-Series B730 backhoe loader is the result of a great interpretation to meet the needs of our customers and is enriched with numerous new features. The new design is powerful and intuitive, injected with our iconic Bobcat DNA in heavy duty forms adding a huge strength to the product. It now offers a completely flexible solution for any job site with an unbeatable combination of power, drive and control options. Smartly designed with an all new cab with convenience features that ensure it is a fantastic experience to operate a Bobcat Backhoe Loader.”
Bobcat has long been acknowledged as the market leader in skid-steer loaders in MEA. In answer to customer requests, the company entered the backhoe loader market four years ago and quickly gained market share throughout the region, with the first generation of Bobcat machines achieving top-three positions in many countries in MEA.
Gaby Rhayem, regional director Middle East and Africa at Doosan Bobcat EMEA, said: “Backed by our No. 1 position in loaders and our fantastic Bobcat dealer network coverage for MEA, our first generation backhoe loader range has been very successful – I can proudly say that every second sold machine in the MEA region in our category is now Bobcat-branded, which is an incredible achievement. We also had a very good first half of 2020, despite the market challenges brought by Covid-19.
“At Bobcat, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the performance and innovation they need. Our new generation R-series B730 backhoe loader meets all these goals and will allow us to gain market share and further improve our position throughout the region.”
The new R-Series B730 backhoe loader is powered by a Perkins 1104C-44T 100hp engine with a maximum torque of 408Nm. Along with the hydraulics, the B730 can deliver all the power needed to finish work in a shorter time, according to Bobcat.
In combination with the manual or optional auto-shift transmission, accelerating from 0-40kmh by smooth gearshifts, the operator benefits from an easy and comfortable drive on the road or at the job site, said the manufacturer.
Bobcat also says the new generation B730 offers premium performance with powerful breakout forces and strong lift capacities, with best-in-class reach and wide working areas at both the front and rear, which also reduces the need for repositioning the machine for applications such as digging, trenching, breaking and material handling. It can also be coupled with optional Bobcat attachments to carry out these applications with maximum efficiency.
The B730 backhoe loader has a new roomy six-pillar cab, which provides operators with a flexible choice of control configurations. The B730 operator can choose between ISO, SAE or Cross (X) backhoe controls. The customer can build their preferred control pattern or change to pilot controls with a selectable control pattern. The selectable control patterns ensure that operators can make a hassle-free transition from one machine to another. The dashboard is placed on the right-hand side of the cab and groups all the necessary controls and easy-to-locate switches in one area, so they are easily accessible from both working positions.
Easy maintenance access through a single one-piece engine cover – with the release for the latch lock in the cab – provides quick and easy access to the engine compartment. Daily checks can be made without raising the boom at ground level.
Like all Bobcat backhoe loaders, the B730 is covered by a standard two-year warranty, which the manufacturer says is “a testament to the reliability and durability of the components and the design, providing extra protection and peace of mind.”