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By: CJ Rena Johnson

Bobcat

Bobcat 3400 4x4 Utility Vehicle

Bobcat 3400
Bobcat 3400

Bobcat 3400 Test Drive Photo by Chrysti Irwin
Bobcat 3400 Test Drive Photo by Chrysti Irwin



Very Knowledgeable Staff on Hand at Media Event
Very Knowledgeable Staff on Hand at Media Event

Test Course of Hills, Obstacles, Mud Holes, Etc.
Test Course of Hills, Obstacles, Mud Holes, Etc.

Having Fun Photo Courtesy of Bobcat

Around the Farm Photo Courtesy of Bobcat

Carrying Loads Photo Courtesy of Bobcat

Bobcat, known for being the leader in versatility and maneuverability, has taken both to a completely new level with the release of their new product line including four new UTV models. Those models are the 3200 4x2, the 3400 4x4, the 3400 XL 4x4 and the 3450 4x4. Of these, I would like to review the 3400 here.

This one was the closest to what I am used to driving. I was impressed with how great it worked out on the test course they had set up for us. Knowing Bobcat products are designed more for work than for play and being used to playing more than I work, I was prepared for a fairly bland ride. However, I was pleasantly surprised as soon as I hit the gas.

They had told us in the presentation not to exceed 15 miles per hour in low speed and not to exceed 30 mph in high gear. The course they had laid out was very familiar to me as a recreational rider, and I was expecting it to be a bit of a challenge to the more traditional work vehicle.

I came into the first straight of way, hit the throttle to open up the 3400 and was immediately impressed with the smoothness. The 4-wheel independent suspension really came into play and showed me that Bobcats are not just for working anymore.

I went around the course once rather slowly just to see what the machine had to offer; and by the time I reached the start line again, I was ready to test its limits. I hit the throttle that time wide open. The 3400 went up the hills, through the mud holes, over the ditches and across the rock crawling area without any hesitation whatsoever.

The 9.5 inches of ground clearance kept the skid plate off the obstacles surprisingly well, and I never bottomed out once on this machine.

The New Breed

The points that Bobcat highlighted with their new models are the new electronic fuel Injection, more horsepower in every model, more uptime, more versatility, and doing the job in style.

The new electronic fuel injection (EFI) allows for several great benefits including higher performance at lower RPMS, more reliable starting and better responsiveness in colder weather.

Helping to maximize productivity, the increase in horsepower makes for a faster machine and an increased payload capacity.

The new Bobcat utility vehicles feature easier-to-maintain capabilities and protection, which will in turn keep the components from becoming damaged and costing you time and money. Bobcat believes that the easier daily maintenance is the more likely it will get done. The protection features include radiator guards, CV Guards, Skid Plates and Sealed CVT covers.

These new machines are far more versatile and have a wider range of options and attachments to help accomplish any task quicker and more efficiently than I had imagined. Some of the more popular ones include a snow blade, gun scabbards, and tool racks. There are others available to meet individual needs of each rider/owner.

The tough new look matches the new standard and breed of these vehicles to keep your Bobcat pride going strong no matter where you take your new machine.  I thoroughly enjoyed testing out and learning about all of Bobcat’s new products and look forward to the next time.

For more information about these new vehicles and the features and options that go along with them, please visit www.Bobcat.com/newutv.

Specifications

Vehicle Specs

  • Overall length:  113 inches
  • Overall Width:  60 inches
  • Overall Height:  75 inches
  • Operating Weight: (Gas) 1440 lbs (Diesel) 1610 lbs
  • Wheel Base (front/rear): 48 inches, 49 inches
  • Ground Clearance:  9.5 inches
  • Turning Radius:  122 inches

Engine

  • Fuel:  Gas or Diesel
  • Horsepower:  (Gas) 32 HP-up from 23 HP last year (Diesel) 24.8 HP-up from 20 HP last year
  • Displacement:  (Gas) 30.4 Inches x3 (Diesel) 35.6 Inches x3
  • Injection:  (Gas) EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) (Diesel) Indirect
  • Cooling:  Liquid
  • Fuel Tank Capacity:  9 gallons

Cargo Box Capacity

  • Cargo Box Length:  36.5 inches
  • Cargo Box Width:  54 inches
  • Cargo Box Height:  11.5 inches
  • Cargo Box Load Height: 31 inches
  • Cargo Box Load Maximum:  1100 lb

Vehicle Capacity

  • Vehicle Rated Capacity (all inclusive) :  1600 lb
  • Towing Capacity:  1500 lb

Features:  (Standard)

  • Steel Frame
  • Lockable Rear Differential
  • Four Wheel Drive
  • Gear Selector, R-N-L-H
  • Front Suspension, MacPherson Strut
  • Rear Suspension, Double A-Arm
  • Sealed CVT Cover
  • 2-inch Rear Receiver
  • Headlights
  • Tail/Brake Lights

Features: (Optional)

  • Brush Guard
  • Cargo Box with Power Lift Assist
  • Turn Signals
  • Work Lights/Strobe Lights

Operator Area Features (Standard)

  • Headrests
  • Park Brakes
  • Beverage Holders
  • Storage Compartment with Door
  • Dash Mounted Hour Meter
  • 12V Power Outlet
  • 3-Point Seat Belts with Comfort Strap
  • 4-Point ROPS (Rollover Protective Structure)
  • Gear Position Indicator Light
  • Park Brake Indicator Light

Operator Area Features (Optional)

  • Radio and Speakers

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