Bobcat introduces L65 and L85 compact wheel loaders

With a high bucket capacity and swift travel speeds, the all-new L65 and L85 compact wheel loaders from Bobcat aim to deliver performance and power to tough jobs.


Like Bobcat’s lineup of skid steer and compact track loaders, the new L65 and L85 compact wheel loaders are designed to offer owners and operators a multi-tool solution to help complete a variety of projects.

“Compact wheel loaders are an essential machine on many different jobsites and are remarkably nimble in tight spaces where power shouldn’t be sacrificed for maneuverability,” said Kelly Humble, senior marketing manager, product planning at Doosan Bobcat North America. “Our new compact wheel loaders give owners the performance they need to power through tough tasks, the nimbleness they need to work around obstacles and the premium comfort they deserve to stay energized throughout the day.”

According to Bobcat, the heavy lifting capacities and high lift height of the L65 and L85 compact wheel loaders allow them to excel at lift-and-carry tasks in crowded work zones and other challenging environments.

With standard bucket capacities of up to 1-cubic yard, they can make fast work of tough material handling in landscaping, construction, agriculture and other industries.

The L65 and L85 easily integrate with a variety of Bobcat attachments, extending the potential applications of the machine.

For example, the power Bob-Tach System allows operators to share select attachments across their Bobcat fleet, offering more versatility and, potentially, profitability.

Also, the operator can optimize the performance of the attachment, relative to that task, with attachment control mode. This feature enables control of the engine and travel speeds separately, optimizing auxiliary hydraulic performance.

The L65 and L85 come equipped with a newly redesigned Tier 4 Bobcat engine.  According to Bobcat, a variety of features make maintenance and service more convenient, including:

  • Large fuel filter to enable better system protection, longer filter life and increased holding capacity
  • Lift pump and self-priming fuel system, which enables continuous forced air outflow and eliminates the need for a primer bulb
  • Pre-filter to protect the lift pump from debris and particles that increase wear and degrade performance

Bobcat claims that articulated steering delivers high maneuverability and a tight turning radius, making it easy to navigate jobsites.

An electronic hydrostatic transmission (E-HST) makes direction changes quick and efficient, increasing acceleration and adjusting speed control. A powerful combination of the E-HST transmission and horsepower management automatically adjusts the drive systems to maximize pushing and loading power while minimizing the chance of stalling.

When it comes to bucket breakout force, Bobcat’s z-bar linkage design provides power while keeping loads parallel with the ground. Ultimately, this results in minimal spillage.

Also, the L65 and L85 both feature an automatic parking brake with slope assist and a brake pedal with inching control.


The engines of the L65 and L85 achieve emissions compliance without the use of a diesel particulate filter (DPF) filter or selective catalyst reduction (SCR). This means reduced components, making for easier maintenance and less work stoppage due to DPF regeneration.

According to Bobcat, operators will find optimal service access to key components and checkpoints throughout the compact wheel loaders, simplifying regular maintenance intervals and making it easy to incorporate good service habits into their routine.