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					30      Ohio Farmer ■ September 2006

  Machinery & Technology

Bobcat utility vehicles
sport tougher new look
By WILLIE VOGT                                                                                            In the crowded utility-
                                                       Key Points                                      vehicle field, manufac-
                                                                                                       turers have to separate

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       TILITY vehicles are handy to                    ■ Bobcat’s new utility vehicles display a
       have on farms. Sales of four- and                 tougher look and improved features.           their products from others.
       some six-wheelers have been                                                                     The 2300 does that with the
                                                       ■ The high-end 2300 offers the front-mount
strong for the past couple of years.                                                                   RapidLink system, which POWER TO SPARE: The new Bobcat 2200 and 2300
                                                         RapidLink system for attachments.
   Bobcat, the Ingersoll-Rand division                                                                 allows use of front-mount series utility vehicles have the IntelliTrak 4wd system.
best known for skid-steer loaders, has                 ■ The four-seater 2200S offers a new way        attachments.
been offering a rugged utility vehicle                   to haul more folks on the farm.                  Lift up to 500 pounds 2 feet off the       In the test track the company built
to the market for several years, but                                                                   ground with the system, or use a front- for dealers and media to try, the steep
recently the company unveiled a new                  power choices and also gets the new,              mount blade for small chores. There’s grades allow operators to feel the front-
machine that will ratchet up the com-                bolder front-end design. The first option          even an engine-powered mower you can wheel bite of the system.
petition.                                            is a 20-hp Honda gasoline engine for              add to the front.                             Add in a continuously variable trans-
   The new utility vehicle line includes             snappy performance in a range of con-                                                        mission that works fine from zero to 25
a restyled 2200 series machine for two               ditions. The 2200 also can be ordered             Attachments made easy                      mph, and Bobcat has built a machine
passengers; a four-passenger 2200S;                  with the Kubota diesel engine, which              The machine is designed for the attach- that is simple to operate. Just push the
and the new 2300 model.                              costs a bit more, but with that engine’s          ments — no jury-rigged setups with transmission lever up to F and drive; it’s
   The 2300 and 2200 models each get                 longer service life, it might actually be         cables or other tricks to make front- that simple.
a bolder stance with a more aggressive               the better bargain.                               mount items work, says Brad Claus,            Suggested list prices are: $10,730 for
design. The vehicles feature double-A                    The company also offers the 2200S             product manager of utility vehicles for the 2200 gas-engine model; $12,187 for
arm independent front suspension and                 line — in diesel and gasoline models              Bobcat.                                    the 2200 diesel; $13,536 for the 2200S
a swing arm rear suspension that can                 — featuring four-passenger seating. The              “The joystick control is integrated (four-passenger) gas model; $14,778
handle rugged conditions.                            rear passengers even get “stadium” po-            into the machine,” adds Claus.             for the 2200S diesel; and $15,090 for the
   The 2300 is a quick performer,                    sition, so they sit a little higher for good         Both the 2300 and 2200 feature 2300, which is only available as a diesel
scooting to its maximum 25-mph speed                 visibility.                                       Bobcat’s Intellitrak four-wheel-drive and includes the RapidLink system.
quickly with a 20-horsepower Kubota                      The operator platform itself has a            system. No switches or levers here —
engine. The premium machine with the                 load of creature comforts, from cup               the system engages automatically when ■ Learn more about the new line at
front-mount implement system has a                   holders to a place to stow your cell              you need traction at all four wheels.      www.bobcat.com.
high-torque diesel engine to make short              phone. There’s even a 12-volt charger
work of a host of farm chores.                       in case you want to charge the phone
   The 2200 series offers two engine                 while running around the farm.

                        No-sulfur rule changes
  Advertising Directory diesel fuel, motor oils
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                                                                                                          F you’re in the market for a new diesel-
                                                                                                          powered pickup truck or sport utility
  Agrigold-Akin Seed ...................24           McCormick International ...........12                vehicle, there are some very impor-
                                                                                                       tant things you need to know about fuel
  Agriliance ..................................42    Monsanto ....................................1    and lubricants before you buy.
  Agripro Wheat ...........................54        Monsanto ..................................31         First, to meet increasingly-stringent
                                                                                                       federal clean-air standards, the refining
  American Suzuki Motor Corp. ..29                   Monsanto ..................................33     industry has been overhauling its diesel
  Archer Daniels Midland .............25             Monsanto ................................. 36     fuel production to provide ultra-low-
                                                                                                       sulfur diesel to the nation’s pumps. So
  Arctic Cat ..................................23    Monsanto ..................................37     far, they’ve reduced sulfur content of
  BASF .........................................18   Monsanto ..................................51     diesel fuel from 500 parts per million, to    NEW AND IMPROVED: Diesel
  BASF .........................................55   Monsanto ........................... 20-21        15 parts per million.                         particulate filters will be used widely on
                                                                                                           By 2010, the target is even lower         2007 and beyond diesel engines.
  Beck’s Hybrids ..........................53        Mycogen Seeds................... 56-57            sulfur content.
  Deere Company................... 40-41             NAPA.........................................13       Second, fuels with lower sulfur con-      the switch from current diesel-fuel sup-
                                                                                                       tent, along with federal demands to           plies to the lower-sulfur formulations.
  Dodge - Daimler - Chrysler ... MX7                 OSU Farm                                          lower oxides of nitrogen and particu-         Why the must? Even using one tank of
  Dow Agrosciences ....................46              Science Review ............... 38-39            late emissions from diesel-powered            higher-sulfur fuel will plug the particu-
                                                                                                       highway vehicles, have combined to            late matter filters installed on your new
  Du Pont Company .....................49            Pioneer.................................... 2-3   force engine manufacturers to redesign        engine.
  Firestone ............................. 26-27      Pioneer.................................... 4-5   diesel engines to remain compliant. In           Second, the oils you’ve used in the
  Firestone ...................................34    Pioneer................................ 14-15     short, all diesel engines for highway use     past — or maybe what you’re using in
                                                                                                       sold as 2007 models and beyond must           your other vehicles — are not suited
  Ford Motor Company .......... 10-11                Polaris Industries .................. MX5         use the low-sulfur fuel to protect emis-      for use in 2007 and beyond diesels. The
  Gehl Company...........................47          Red Wing Shoe Company ..... MX8                   sion equipment required for cleaner ex-       new CJ-4 oil can be used in older vehi-
                                                                                                       hausts.                                       cles, but none of the existing API diesel
  General Motors .........................19         Roll Rite - Truck Tarps...............22              In addition, because of the design        rated motor oils can be used in the new
  General Motors ........................ 35         Shell Lubricants ........................59       changes necessary for meeting clean-          engines without voiding warranties.
                                                                                                       air regulations, 2007 and beyond diesel          And, clean air has a cost. In the past,
  Golden Harvest ........................ 60         Stewart Seeds ...........................43       engines will run hotter and no longer         sulfur has been part of many of the anti-
  Great Lakes Hybrid....................48           Syngenta ............................... MX1      can vent crankcase vapors to the at-          wear additive packages of motor oils.
  Haybuster Mfg. Co. ...................52           Syngenta ............................... MX3      mosphere. That means an entirely new          The alternatives to sulfur are available
                                                                                                       motor oil classification (API CJ-4) is nec-    and work well, but they cost more. Oil
  Key Bank .....................................8    Syngenta ............................... MX4      essary to protect the new engines.            industry sources say the new oils prob-
  Landoll Corporation ..................50           Trimble Navigation Ltd. .............16               So why is this important to you as        ably will cost 10% to 15% more than cur-
                                                                                                       a new-vehicle buyer? First, you must          rent formulations. Many, however, are
  LG Seeds...................................28      Tuthill Mud Hog.........................52        use ultra-low-sulfur diesel as fuel; for      noting the newer oils have significantly
                                                                                                       the few months, this winter and next          better wear protection, so the invest-
                                                                                                       spring, there may be some shortages           ment may have returns in much longer
                                                                                                       as refiners and pipeline suppliers make        engine life.

				
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