Bobcat Track Loader for Blackpool Zoo Project Elephant 

A new Bobcat T590 compact track loader has been purchased for use in the new Project Elephant development at Blackpool Zoo, in the very popular seaside resort of Blackpool in the north of England.

Project Elephant is the next phase in the ongoing development of the Zoo and the largest single investment it has ever made, increasing its overall footprint by a further three acres and providing a new home for elephants that secures their future at the Zoo.

Supplied by Wigan-based Norwest Plant Ltd, the Authorised Bobcat and Doosan dealer for North-West England and North Wales, the low ground pressure and stability of the tracked undercarriage on the new T590 has provided the perfect solution for working on the deep fine sand that covers much of the floor surface of the new elephant enclosure.

Until the T590 was demonstrated, finding the right machine for the job had proved to be a tricky problem for the Zoo’s Head Keeper, Luke Minns and Head of Section for Mammals, Adam Kenyan. Unlike the competitors’ machines which failed the task because they buried themselves in the sand, the Bobcat T590 performed effortlessly and with great results. As well as the elephant enclosure, the combination of the T590 with several new Bobcat attachments such as a skeleton bucket, pallet forks and a hay bale spike purchased from Norwest Plant, forms a powerful and versatile tool to be utilised throughout the zoo.

The T590 at Blackpool Zoo is equipped with an optional Deluxe Control panel which offers keyless ignition starting and a keycode security system which as well as deterring theft, provides up to eight users with their own 10-figure keycode to start the machine and allows the zoo to monitor and record the operation of the track loader.

In a host of applications in construction, landscaping, forestry, agriculture, disaster relief and many other areas, there are no other machines that offer the combination of versatility and productivity than that provided by the Bobcat T590 and the rest of the company’s compact track loader range. This is due to their unique characteristics as tool carriers and the wide array of attachments that they can work with, from trenchers, augers, graders, soil conditioners, scarifiers and dozer blades to more specialist attachments such as forestry cutters and stump grinders.

In the Bobcat range, there is a choice of size and boom configurations - radial and vertical lift path models - similar to those in the company’s market-leading wheeled skid-steer range. There are various options for Bobcat rubber tracks with multiple tread patterns available, so that the performance of track loaders can be optimised by selecting a track that exactly matches the application.

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