Posted November 12, 2020

Small articulated loaders

Bobcat small articulated loaders provide customers in landscaping, tree services, light construction and grounds maintenance a way to minimize workload and complete projects quickly and efficiently.

These nimble machines have the ability to fit into backyard access and are capable of carrying small pallets of block or landscape materials with low turf disturbance. 

Bobcat L series small articulated loaders
Bobcat's first small articulated loaders include the L23 and L28 models with more models coming in the future.

The first small articulated loaders include the L23 and L28 models with more models coming in the future.

Nimble, ground-friendly design
The compact machines can lift and handle heavy loads and deliver precise maneuverability. Their articulation joint enables the rear tires of the loader to match the path of the front tires as they turn. This results in a highly nimble machine that navigates around obstacles with ease and works well in enclosed yards and small work zones.

A tight-turning articulation and light overall footprint limits cuts or tears when turning or hauling a load. This leads to fewer surface repairs after the job is complete.

The articulated loaders are a highly transportable and relatively lightweight so customers can quickly get their machine to the job site and get to work. The L23 and L28 models easily fit on pan trailers, dump trailers and even some enclosed trailers used for small-frame skid-steer loaders.

When operating small articulated loaders, the machine automatically enables one of two traction modes, based on operation – high traction and turf safe. When the steering wheel is not turning, high traction mode provides excellent control and mobility over rough or slippery terrain. The turf-safe mode keeps the wheels from scrubbing on the ground while actively steering, causing the least possible ground disturbance.

Impressive performance and reach

The dependable 25 horsepower, 2600 rpm engine provides generous torque at a lower rpm, providing performance that is more forgiving when pushing the machine to its limit under load. These loaders are designed to lift more, work faster and maximize ability on a wide range of job sites.

Customers can get the reach they need with a lift arm that extends to a lift height of up to 104 inches (L28 model). The telescoping lift arm includes an innovative dual-cylinder design that keeps the load level as operators move the bucket. The telescopic cylinder is synchronized with a hydraulic leveling link, providing leveling assist and preventing spillage over the back of the bucket.

Their efficient cooling system feature side and front inlets that bring cool air into the engine compartment and send it through the screened rear exit. The rear radiator screen is removable for easy cleanout. A temperature-controlled hydraulic oil cooler operates as needed to ensure quieter operation

A standard integrated counterweight provides optimal lift capacity and extra protection for the machine’s composite covers and cooling package. Plus, an optional add-on rear counterweights further increase lift capacity and productivity.

Industry-leading, productivity-boosting comfort
Compared to other small articulated loaders, the Bobcat interior is engineered with more space for the operator, with special attention paid to cab height, foot room, and room between the seat and the steering wheel. Customers will enjoy more room that enables better productivity during long hours in the cab.

The optional enclosed, heated cab enclosure allows operators to stay comfortable in cold and wet weather. The window panels can be added and removed, giving those operating machines the flexibility to adapt with the weather. Strategically placed, louvered vents quickly defrost windows and provides excellent all-season versatility for winter months. The heated seat helps keep operators comfortable while working on frigid days. The side and rear windows open to provide fresh airflow across the operator, providing more comfort.

The steering wheel and joystick are simple to reach and intuitive to use, with fingertip auxiliary or telescopic controls that facilitate quick, simple operation. The models also provide variable flow control that is similar to Bobcat skid-steer and compact track loaders, unlike the standard mechanical levers found in other machines.

The units can be outfitted with the Bob-Tach attachment mounting system and can also can be equipped with the optional Power Bob-Tach system, which allows operators to change non-hydraulic attachments without leaving the comfort of their cab; just line up the attachment and press the switch.