The E17Z provides “an unmatched combination of features for a machine of this size”, Bobcat claims.

The ZTS functionality uses Bobcat’s Zero House Swing (ZHS) design, in which the front upper structure is also protected by ensuring the front corners are kept within the swing circle when the tracks are in the fully expanded position. This provides 320° of safe rotation when working close to walls and other obstructions.

The aid entry/exit the left hand control console lifts out of the way.  In addition, when not in use, the pedals can be folded away to increase room for the operator’s feet. This also makes the floor easier to clean, Bobcat says.

The E17Z has a standard operating weight of 1749 kg and a maximum digging depth of 2249 mm.  Many of the well features of the 1-2 tonne range such as the retractable undercarriage, upper-structure tie-down points and advanced diagnostics are also standard on the E17Z.

Boom and arm cylinder cushioning – unique in this class, says Bobcat – enhance the overall smoothness of the workgroup.  The E17Z incorporates the architecture of the hydraulic system on the larger Bobcat E20 model with a combination of variable piston pumps and a gear pump.

With a transport weight of less than 1.65 tonnes, the E17Z is towable on trailers for 2200 kg of total weight.  Tie-down points are integrated on the upper structure.  An automatic slew brake also helps with safe transportation.