Bobcat has recently unveiled an innovative new line of hydrostatic drive utility vehicles – the 3600 and 3650. The 3650 model has the capacity to operate front-mounted PTO attachments.
If this sounds familiar, that’s because Polaris released its new Brutus line of work vehicles with similar PTO capabilities earlier this week Polaris and Bobcat worked together on these machines.
Both the 3600 and 3650 offer cabs with both heat and air conditioning, making these true four-season work vehicles.
Powered by 24.8-horsepower diesel engines, the new 3600 and 3650 join the 3200, 3400 and 3400XL in Bobcat’s utility vehicle family, along with the Toolcat 5600 and 5610 utility work machines.
One of the main drivers behind the 3600 and 3650 was the development of a hydrostatic drive system. The hydrostatic system in the new Bobcat UTVs provides durability, and uses a single two-speed motor with fewer moving parts.
Another key durability feature of the machines is a diesel engine that will automatically shut itself down if it experiences high engine coolant temperature, low engine oil pressure, or high hydraulic oil temperature.
Durability is further enhanced with the composite cargo box that is designed to resist dents and won’t corrode. Standard features on the Bobcat utility vehicles, such as the skid plate and CV boot help protect important components. Options such as a brush guard provide additional protection.
With the goal of allowing owners to quickly identify issues with their machines, Bobcat has incorporated an LCD screen within the speedometer that displays service codes.
Bobcat says the combination of independent front dual A-arm suspension, with rear De Dion suspension that ties the two rear wheels together, improves the vehicle’s ride comfort and provides improved stability to haul and tow heavy loads. These features allow the 3600 and 3650 utility vehicles to achieve an industry-leading payload capacity for towing and hauling. Cargo box capacity alone is 1,250 pounds. At a top speed of 30 miles per hour, that means hauling more with each load and taking fewer trips to get the job done.
Another characteristic of the hydrostatic system is dynamic braking, which occurs when the operator releases pressure on the travel pedal. As the operator lets up on the travel pedal, a valve in the drive motor closes — blocking the flow of oil — which in turn slows the machine down at a similar rate.
Operators can perform direction changes from forward to reverse in the new utility vehicles by using a travel control pedal rather than the typical F-N-R lever. This feature makes changing directions as easy as rocking one’s toe to go forward and one’s heel to go in reverse, and is especially beneficial in tight areas around buildings, barns and other structures.
Comfort features on the 3600 and 3650 include tilt steering, ample legroom and foot space and two-passenger bucket front seat standard on the 3650. A dealer-installed bench front seat capable of seating up to three occupants is also available on the 3600 utility vehicle.
Customers who need to feed their livestock and clear snow, or continue other projects into cold winter days or hot summer afternoons will find shelter from the elements with the optional cab that is equipped with heat and air conditioning. The cab’s unique modular design can provide customized protection for the operator and passengers. As an added benefit, the entire cab construction can be assembled or disassembled in pieces within 30 minutes.
Two 12-volt accessory plug-ins allow the operator to conveniently charge a cell phone, iPod, or other electrical devices.
To meet jobsite needs for snow and ice removal, the 3600 has an optional integrated snow blade and a sprayer that can be mounted in the vehicle’s cargo box.
Customers who choose the 3650 utility vehicle will have the same compatibility but with twice as many tools. The 3650 utility vehicle’s exclusive Multi-Attachment X-Change (M.A.X.) provides integration and versatility not found on ordinary utility vehicles. In addition to the sprayer, it also will have the capability of powering front mounted PTO-driven attachments including a snowblower, mower and angle broom, as well as non-PTO attachments consisting of the snow blade, pallet fork and bucket. These six attachments, combined with a maximum lift height of two feet and rated lift capacity of 500 pounds, allow the 3650 to accomplish tasks from clearing sidewalks of snow and debris to moving dirt or palleted materials.
Another valuable feature for operators of the 3650 utility vehicle is the ability to operate the throttle independent of the travel control pedal. A first for the utility vehicle market, this capability allows the operator to set the engine speed with a throttle rather than having to use the accelerator pedal to increase engine rpm. Separating the two functions gives the operator the freedom to run powered attachments more efficiently with the rpm they require yet at low travel speeds.