2012 Bobcat S185


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This versatile loader gives the operator the best of both worlds. All the advantages of a vertical lift path loader, plus great visibility with the low-profile lift arm design. It includes such standard K-series features as engine and hydraulic systems that monitor functions and shut down the machine to prevent catastrophic failure. This rugged, state-of-the-art loader will save you time, effort and money on every job.

  • Deluxe Instrumentation Panel: This intelligent Bobcat option helps you prevent theft with keyless start and enables better operation by closely monitoring and interacting with your machine.
  • Fingertip Controls: Attachments are more comfortable to operate, controlled easily and adjusted simply from the fingertip controls.
  • Heat and Air Conditioning: Because our optional AC units are integrated into the machine, there is no bulky add-on unit to obstruct your visibility. Automotive-style vents allow you to point your air where you need it for greater comfort in all weather conditions.
  • Large Entry: In machines with enclosed cabs, large swing-open doors provide ample room for exit and entry.
  • Radio Capable: The radio features an auxiliary audio input jack that is ready for an MP3 player or other audio device.
  • Suspension Seat: Other comfort items include an optional fully adjustable suspension seat, adjusting easily to the operator’s weight.
  • Attachment Control Device: In simplest terms, the optional Attachment Control Device makes it possible for the loader and attachment to communicate.
  • Bob-Tach® Attachment Mounting System : Change attachments in less than a minute! You can replace a bucket with a pallet fork, landscape rake, auger, grapple, and more than 55 Bobcat loader attachments quickly and easily with the Bob-Tach® mounting system.
  • Control in Your Hands: With Bobcat compact skid-steer loaders, you can feel and control the loader’s drive, engine torque and tractive effort—you can push your machine to the limit without an engine anti-stall system robbing you of power when you need it the most.
  • Faster Cycle Times: Hydraulic pumps in Bobcat loaders are matched to cylinder size and loader lift capacity to provide fast cycle times that help you get the job done faster.
  • High-Flow Hydraulics: Need more attachment power? This optional system provides additional hydraulic power to boost production of attachments.
  • Hydraulic Bucket Positioning: Optional hydraulic bucket positing keeps your bucket level when raising lift arms, reducing spillage and allowing you to work more efficiently.
  • More Torque: Bobcat loaders reach maximum torque at a lower RPM to minimize stalling and save time and fuel.
  • Powerful Breakout Forces: High-efficiency hydraulic pumps deliver more power, matched to demand and providing breakout forces.
  • Quick Couplers with Pressure Release : By simply pushing the coupler inward, the hydraulic oil is released through a return line back into the machine. The result is clean, quick attachment changes time after time.
  • Quicker Turning: Bobcat’s weight distribution has been designed for the best turning and skidding to deliver ideal performance, with 70% of distribution in the rear and 30% in the front. This quick turning reduces fuel consumption and power requirements from the engine, increasing the life of drive train and tires.
  • Remote Control: All loaders equipped with Selectable Joystick Control or All Wheel Steer can be operated by the Radio Remote Control. Bobcat Company is the first and only company to introduce a new way to operate your equipment without having to have an operator in the cab. This is a smart solution for hot, dusty environments or on jobs where you’d rather be outside of the machine.
  • Ride Control Option: Optional ride control is the cushioning of the loader lift circuit, which helps increase the smoothness of the ride.
  • Stronger Hydraulics: The Bobcat engine, hydraulic pump, horsepower and cubic-inch displacement are configured precisely for each model’s specific operating capacity.
  • Transverse Engine/Belt Drive: Thanks to the Bobcat belt-drive system, loader engines can be run slower, resulting in a quieter machine that lasts longer. This drive belt system allows Bobcat loaders to use an optimized engine-to-pump package, making it more efficient.
  • Two-Speed: Boost top travel speed by as much as 57 percent and reduce the time it takes to travel across a jobsite or between jobs.
Uptime Protection
  • Battery Run-Down Protection: The lighting circuit automatically shuts down to prevent accidental battery discharge.
  • Dual Path Cooling: The loader draws in a majority of cool, clean air from above through the oil cooler and radiator, while small amounts of hot air are drawn out of the engine compartment. The combination is then exhausted out two side vents, keeping hot air away from the operator, providing more efficient cooling and keeping engine components clean.
  • Keel Shaped Undercarriage: Why can Bobcat skid steer loaders go through so much more? Because they are the only skid steer loaders with a keel shaped undercarriage. This gives you higher ground clearance and sheds debris to the outside much like the way a “V” shaped boat slices through water.
  • Machine Shutdown Protection : Bobcat loaders come standard with automatic shutdown that monitors engine and hydraulic functions. The system alerts the operator and actually shuts the machine down—lessening the chance of damage to the engine or hydraulic components.
  • Maintenance-Free Chaincase: The rugged Bobcat chaincase is the only maintenance-free chaincase in the industry with exclusive fixed axle tubes, stronger axles, fully sealed bearings, plus the largest chains in the industry.
  • No Adjustments: The Bobcat chaincase requires no adjustments, ever.
  • No-Maintenance Axle Bearings: Bobcat axle bearings are automatically lubricated with chaincase oil—so they never need greasing.
  • Protected Cooling Location: The Bobcat loader radiator and hydraulic oil cooler are well protected between the frame uprights, above the engine and out of danger.
  • Self-Diagnostics: Bobcat loaders provide on-board diagnostics to efficiently troubleshoot problems in the field or prevent them before they occur —reducing downtime for you. Downloadable machine performance history also cuts a huge chunk out of the time needed to identify potential problems and correct them.
  • Single Plane Design: The patented single plane design of Bobcat loader lift arms is superior to other machines. We keep every pin and connecting point in the same plane, greatly reducing the side deflection of the lift arm. This stronger design leads to longer lift arm life because there is less chance of failure and better wearing.
  • Tougher Axles: Bobcat axles are by far the largest axles in size and weight to any comparable-sized loader. Stronger axles mean you can handle the most rugged conditions without worrying about possible downtime.
  • Vertical Lift Path: A vertical lift path provides higher lift capacity and more reach at full lift height than radius lift path, keeping the load closer to the machine while you raise the loader arms.
  • Protective Tailgate: The one piece 1/4”inch thick door is solid steel. There are no cooling holes, slots or other openings on the heavy-duty door that could potentially lead to extra time in the shop.
  • Transverse Engine/ Superior serviceability: Bobcat loaders are designed for fastest and easiest servicing in the industry. Every single daily maintenance items such as engine fluid check, filters, battery, air cleaner and other components are out in the open when you open the thick tailgate.
  • Tilt-Up Cab: Bobcat created the tilt-up cab for non-routine maintenance, so shop time is spent on maintenance or repair, not gaining access.
  • Training: Bobcat Company offers the world’s only comprehensive training courses for loaders, VersaHandlers, loader backhoes, Toolcat utility work machines, backhoe and planer attachments, and compact excavators.
  • Engine Cooling: Liquid
  • Emissions Tier (EPA): Interim Tier 4
  • Engine Fuel: Diesel
  • Horsepower: 61 HP
  • Turbocharged Engine: Yes
  • Rated Operating Capacity (SAE): 1850 lbs
  • Tipping Load: 4076 lbs
  • Operating Weight: 6220 lbs
  • Travel Speed: 7.3 mph
  • Travel Speed (2-speed option): 11.1 mph
  • Fuel Tank: 24 gal
  • System Relief @ Quick Couplers: 3300 psi
  • Auxiliary Std Flow: 16.9 GPM
  • Auxiliary High Flow: 26.4 GPM
  • Length: 101.9 in
  • Length without Attachment: 101.9 in
  • Length with Standard Bucket: 130.3 in
  • Width: 66 in
  • Width (with bucket): 68 in
  • Height: 76.3 in
  • Height with Operator Cab: 76.3 in
  • Height to Bucket Hinge Pin: 118.2 in
  • Reach @ Maximum Height: 29.6 in
  • Turning Radius: 78.8 in
  • Wheelbase: 40.6 in
  • Joystick Control: Optional
  • Air Conditioning: Optional
  • Adjustable Seat: Standard
  • Backup Alarm: Standard
  • BICS System (Interlock): Standard
  • Cab Enclosure: Optional
  • Sound Option: Optional
  • Cab Heater: Optional
  • Operating Lights: Standard
  • Parking Brake: Standard
  • Radio: Optional
  • Rear Window: Standard
  • Top Window: Standard
  • Lift-Arm Support: Standard
  • Seat Belt: Standard
  • Suspension Seat: Optional
  • Two Speed Travel: Optional
  • Deluxe Instrumentation: Optional
  • Engine Shutdown: Standard
  • Hydraulic Bucket Positioning: Optional
  • High Flow Option: Optional
  • Auxiliary Hydraulics: Standard
  • Spark Arrestor Muffler: Standard
  • Bob-Tach Attachment System: Standard
  • Power Bob-Tach: Optional
  • ACS (Switchable Controls): Optional
  • Ride Control: Optional
  • Rear Hydraulics: Optional
  • Horn: Standard
  • Advance Control System (ACS)
  • Selectable Joystick Control (SJC)
  • Radio Remote Control (SJC Required)
  • Air Ride Seat
  • Cab with Heat
  • Cab with Heat and Air Conditioning
  • Deluxe Instrumentation (Includes Keyless Start)
  • Hydraulic Bucket Positioning
  • Mechancial Suspension Seat
  • Radio
  • Ride Control
  • Sound Reduction Package
  • 2-Speed
  • Attachment Control Kit
  • Power Bob-Tach®
Approved Attachments
  • Angle Brooms
  • Attachment Control Kits
  • Augers
  • Backhoes
  • Box Blades
  • Breakers
  • Brush Saws
  • Bucket - Combination
  • Bucket - Construction & Industrial
  • Bucket - Fertilizer & Grain
  • Bucket - Low Profile
  • Bucket Adaptor
  • Bucket Bundles
  • Buckets - Snow & Light Material
  • Chippers
  • Clamp
  • Concrete Mixer
  • Concrete Pump
  • Diggers
  • Dozer Blade
  • Drop Hammer
  • Dumping Hopper
  • Flail Cutter
  • Forks - Utility
  • General Purpose
  • Grader
  • Grapple - Farm
  • Grapple - Industrial
  • Grapple - Root
  • Hi Flow Planers
  • Landplane
  • Landscape Rakes
  • Loader Bucket
  • Mower
  • Packer Wheel
  • Pallet Forks
  • Pallet Forks, Hydraulic
  • Ripper
  • Rock Buckets
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Scarifier
  • Scraper
  • Seeder
  • Snow Blades
  • Snow Blowers
  • Snow Pushers
  • Snow V-Blades
  • Sod Layer
  • Soil Conditioner
  • Spreader
  • Stabilizers
  • Standard Planers
  • Steel Tracks
  • Stump Grinder
  • Sweepers
  • Three-Point Hitch
  • Tillers
  • Tilt-Tatch
  • Tree Spades
  • Trench Compactor
  • Trenchers
  • Trenching Buckets - X-Change
  • Utility Frame
  • Vibratory Rollers
  • Water Kit
  • Wheel Saws
  • Whisker Brooms



Engine Type
Interim Tier 4 Diesel
61 hp
Fuel Capacity
24 gal.


SAE Rated Operating Capacity
1850 lb.
Bucket Capacity
Tipping Load: 4076 lb.
Max Ground Speed
7.3 mph; Optional: 11.1 mph
101.9 in.
66 in.
76.3 in.
6220 lb.
40.6 in.