Bobcat unveils new version of S450 skid-steer for MEA
09 November 2023
Bobcat has unveiled a new version of its S450 M-Series skid-steer loader for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.
Described as an enhanced version of the previous model, the 2.3 tonne S450 comes with a 2.4 litre mechanical engine used in the larger Bobcat S510 and S530 models, as opposed to the previous 2.2 litre engine.
At the same time, a joystick controls option has been added in the standard cab version of the machine for the first time.
According to Bobcat, this makes it the first skid-steer loader of its type to offer hand and foot controls as well as joystick controls.
The manual controls remain as standard for the base model and are available for any type of cab, without adjusting the levers and foot pedals.
The joystick controls are now available for the standard cab only, without adjusting the joysticks and not connected to the standard seat.
Meanwhile, the S450 also offers a bucket position option in the standard cab version which keeps the bucket and other attachments levelled in the same position. The system functions only during the upward lift cycle.
Other new features include the option of both air conditioning in the cab and Versatile Duty tyres, a universal tire range that is suitable for most common mixed surfaces.
Gaby Rhayem, regional director for Middle East and Africa at Bobcat, said, “The new S450 is designed to further strengthen its unrivalled number one position in its own class and in the MEA compact loader market overall, where the company has a market share of over 50%, reaching as high as 80% in some MEA countries.
“As well as being the most popular skid-steer loader in the region, the S450 is far and away the most reliable and as a result has the highest resale value on the market.
“A used S450 with 4 years/4000 h on the clock will typically sell for 60% of the original price, representing an unbeatable return on investment for our customers.“