When looking for a powerful but affordable skid steer loader, an old model like Bobcat 863 can be a good choice. The skid steer loader first appeared on the market in 1996. Today, Bobcat has replaced it with various new S series models. Nonetheless, some old models, including the 863 model, are still considered popular among customers.
New models of this loader are still available, but they are very rare due to their old age. Because you will mostly get a used loader when you buy a Bobcat 863, you have to understand not only the specifications and features of this skid steer loader, but also some problems that often trouble this loader. We will discuss about Bobcat 863 specs, features and problems in this article.
Bobcat 863 Specs
When it comes to Bobcat 863 specs, one notable feature of this skid steer loader is its powerful four-cylinder turbo-charged Deutz engine with diesel fuel and oil cooling. This engine features power that is rated at 73 hp. Deutz diesel is known for its power and reliability and any Bobcat loaders with this engine are considered unique and often better if compared with Bobcat’s previous models, which mostly use weak Kubota diesel engines.
On paper, Bobcat 863’s Deutz engine is not much less powerful than the engine of the latest Bobcat’s skid steer loader model as of 2018, the S850 with its 92-hp engine. Bobcat 863 is a good choice for people looking for a sufficiently powerful skid steer loader with reasonable price.
With this engine, this loader is expected to offer reasonable operating performance. The tipping load of this skid steer loader, or the load weight at which the loader with its boom horizontally positioned will begin to tip over the front axle, is rated at 3800 lbs. or 1724 kg. Because the tipping load of a wheeled loader is normally twice its rated operating capacity, it is safe for you to use this skid steer loader to work with 1900 lbs. or 862 kg of load.
If an optional counterweight is installed, you can increase the rated operating capacity of this skid steer loader to 2000 lbs. or 907 kg. Although its rated operating capacity barely passes the 1-ton threshold, its power to capacity ratio is slightly higher than that of the latest Bobcat S850 model, whose operating capacity is rated at 1792 kg.
Although a skid steer loader is not designed for speed, you may want to know how fast it runs from A to B. Bobcat 863’s travel speed is rated at 6.6 mph or 10.6 km/hr. With two-speed option, its speed ranges from 7.2 mph or 11.6 km/hr. on low range to 12.5 mph or 20.1 km/hr. on high range. Moving it from one spot to another should not be a time-consuming task.
When it comes to dimension, this powerful skid steer loader is among the compact machineries that don’t take much space in your garage. With length at 135.4 inches (3439 mm), width at 74.0 inches (1880 mm), height at 82.3 inches (2090 mm), and height to bucket pin at 121.0 inches (3073 mm), it should be small enough to be stored in your regular car garage.
Bobcat 863 Features
There are three versions of Bobcat 863: C-series, F-series and G-series. Bobcat 863 C-series looks exactly the same with its F-series counterpart, with some internal modifications introduced in the F-series model. The G-series introduces visual redesigns, including rounded corners on the cab and triangular headlights compared with the rectangular headlights of the other two models.
The G-series model is also the most advanced in terms of internal features. The easiest way to distinguish the three models is by looking at the headlights and the model’s decal. On C-series model, the 863 numbers go from top to bottom whereas on the other two, they go from left to right.
Here are some notable features that you can enjoy when using Bobcat 863.
Bobcat 863 features Bobcat Interlock Control System (BICS) that makes sure that the loader can be controlled only if everything, including the operator, is ready.
2. Bob-Tach System
Bobcat 863 features a convenient and secure attachment system. There are numerous attachments available and they can be attached and detached quickly and conveniently to the loader’s main body, thanks to Bob-Tach System.
3. Belt Drive Advantage
There are many great things that you can enjoy from the loader’s Belt Drive Advantage, including improved fuel efficiency and pump efficiency, lighter steering, and quieter and more durable engine.
Bobcat 863 incorporates self-lubricating axle bearings. Manual greasing of these parts is not needed, allowing easier maintenance and more durable components.
5. Numerous Extras
You can enhance Bobcat 863’s versatility by installing various optional components and attachments. Optional components include Advanced Control System, high-flow auxiliary hydraulics, power Bob-Tach, deluxe instrument panel, two-speed option, and cab modifications. For attachments, there are over 40 optional attachments available for this model.
Bobcat 863 Problems
Because you will mostly buy a used skid steer loader, you should be familiar with Bobcat 863 problems. Even new loader has problem with seals leaking, so leak should be the first thing to inspect when you are checking up the loader. Also pay attention to the operating capacity that we have explained above.
Bobcat skid steer loaders tend to feel light in the back, especially if you are getting near to the 1900 lbs. limit. This problem is not because you use a used loader, but mostly because most Bobcat skid steer loaders feel that way. To alleviate this problem, you can either install counterweight on its back or replace the tires with tracks. These modifications not only eliminates the problems, but can even increase the loader’s operating capacity limit.
Your Bobcat loader should be in a worth-purchasing condition if its usage hour is somewhere around 1000 hours and if its parts are properly maintained. Check for cracks on the body and make sure that the engine and the hydraulic compartment are clean to confirm that the loader is properly maintained. With proper maintenance and reasonable usage hours, you should not worry very much about Bobcat 863 problems because most of the time, if they are ever present, they involve only minor and inexpensive repairs.