The R2-series E88 compact excavator from Bobcat comes with several new advanced features to provide high power and lift capacity and extra productivity. The machine has a 14% increase in over-the-side lift capacity, as compared to the previous generation.
The E88 comes equipped with dual-flange track rollers, integrated counterweight, extra machine weight and added track on ground. These new undercarriage improvements offer increased over-the-side lift capacity allowing operators to dig with greater confidence over the side of the machine.
Bobcat compact (mini) excavators are designed with advanced hydraulics for faster digging. They’re also designed to dig while under load. And, if you can backfill quickly, you’ll save valuable time on the jobsite. Compared to other machines, Bobcat excavators put more power to the ground when engaging the tracks.
Like other Bobcat compact excavators, the E88’s Tier 4 turbo charged Bobcat engine achieves emissions compliance without the use of a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or selective catalyst reduction (SCR). This means fewer components for easier maintenance, plus no work stoppage due to DPF regeneration.
“The new model is designed for performance, ruggedness and operator convenience,” said Mike Wetzel, director of Product Management at Doosan Bobcat North America. “The R2-Series takes the key benefits from the prior generations with new improvements in lift performance, work group fine control and ride smoothness to push what is possible in a compact machine. The E88 is poised to help customers tackle the toughest jobs in a compact product.”
The E88’s narrow footprint ensures its leading lift capability. Along with the added confidence in over the-side-performance, the excellent slewing ability helps to push productivity higher. When you’re digging on a slope, slew force is the power you need to swing your excavator. It also determines how quickly you can move material back into your trench.
Increased distance from sprocket to idler puts more track on the ground, which adds stability and helps to prevent a rocking sensation while lifting heavier loads. Improvements to the track design increase uptime and the overall life of the tracks as well. In addition, increased machine weight gives operators a rock-solid base for strong productivity, especially during the tough digging and heavy lifting tasks.
The E88 is powered by a newly redesigned Bobcat engine that delivers efficiency and performance, plus simplified routine maintenance. It also improves cold-weather operation and includes a variety of features that make maintenance and service more convenient.
The new low-effort joysticks coupled with the new hydraulic control valve offers improved metering, movement, and controllability, enabling a quick, smooth, and precise work group for ultimate operator control.
Bobcat’s exclusive control valve systems deliver consistent oil flow to all functions, which means smoother operation without sacrificing cycle times.
Key new features include integrated lift eye, optional clamp diverter valve and an add-on counterweight option to propel lift capacity even higher. The optional clamp diverter valve provides enhanced hydraulic clamp functionality and improved ability to run other excavator attachments — without disconnecting the clamp.
Additional hydraulic features include high-efficiency, torque-limiting piston pumps in the hydraulic system that match force to demand, continuously responding to loads and delivering more usable power.
Bobcat highlights that its hydraulic horsepower is best in class, as their excavators deliver maximum hydraulic flow while working under pressure. In tests, Bobcat’s hydraulic flow outperformed other competitive brands by 40%.
In addition, the E88 features an optional angle blade, important for fast backfilling and grading. This feature allows operators to angle the machine’s backfill blade 25° left or right to direct spoil from one side to the other — without forming windrows on both sides of the blade. A great range of downward positioning ability enables the perfect angle for stabilizing the machine on uneven surfaces or while trenching at an angle. The blade is also ideal for “dust panning” material into the bucket, providing extra versatility for jobsite cleanup.
The E88 cab is designed to enhance operator efficiency, performance and comfort. The spacious interior houses an easy-to-reach control pattern selector right underneath the seat, so operators can switch between ISO and standard controls without getting up or over-reaching.
Optional add-ons include a waterproof, chemically hardened 7-inch touch display; the most advanced compact equipment in-cab display available. Via a wide and easy-to-use touch screen, operators can access their mobile devices via Bluetooth, connect with their dealer or customer easily through a quick contacts option and secure convenient touch operation without the inconvenience of glove removal.