First Bobcat compact wheel loader leaves production line

Published 10/5 at 13:43

With the first completed machine coming off the assembly line, Bobcat has announced that the company’s first new compact wheel loader (CWL) - the L85 model - is now in full production at the Bobcat plant on the Dobris campus in the Czech Republic.

Bobcat has also confirmed full details and features for the L85 CWL, which was part of the company’s revolutionary ‘Next is Now’ launch event in October 2020. The first machine is heading to the Bobcat Institute on the campus, where it will be used to train Bobcat dealers and customers. By entering the wheel loader category, Bobcat now states that it has the largest loader portfolio and to meet demand, an additional fourth production line has been built at the company's plant in the Czech Republic. The capacity of the new production line is around 1,000 machines per year and will be operated by 15 workers per shift. 

Jiri Karmazin, Loaders product manager at Bobcat, said: “A product of the Bobcat Innovation Center on our Dobris campus, the L85 has been designed to set a new market-leading performance benchmark in this segment of the market. The L85 is built with proven components including the engine, structures, axles, electronics and hydraulics sourced either from Bobcat or our prestigious Tier 1 suppliers. Many components are already widely used in our market leading compact loaders, mini excavators and telehandlers, and the L85 undergoes the same final assembly and test procedures as these products.”

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