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Posted: 01/01/2016

Do More Than Dig

For many excavating jobs, digging with a bucket is just the beginning. That’s why Bobcat® compact (mini) excavators are equipped with features that make using complex attachments easy. Caterpillar®, John Deere®, and Kubota® have a few of the same features, but often, they’re simply afterthoughts. To gain maximum productivity on your jobsite, attachment readiness needs to be a priority. Watch the test to find out why.

Attachment Readiness Overview

Capabilities of compact (mini) excavators have expanded beyond standard digging and trenching. Many machines are compatible with a wide variety of attachments, including clamps, breakers, augers, compactors, and flail mowers. They can help you expand your service offerings and help you grow your revenue.

Watch the Full Test

While most brands of excavators claim to be compatible with a large selection of attachments, using them isn’t always easy. That’s the reason we compared the features of top excavators to see how they stacked up. Which manufacturer makes using attachments easiest? Watch the test results to find out.

Bobcat vs. Other Brands

Table of attachment readiness comparisons for Bobcat vs Caterpillar® vs John Deere® vs Kubota® compact (mini) excavators.

Test Results

Bobcat excavators are equipped with features that make running attachments easier, including standard auxiliary quick couplers, boom-mounted quick couplers, and the largest clamp mount and pin. You’ll also enjoy wrench-free attachment changes and the world’s largest compact excavator attachment selection. Caterpillar®, John Deere®, and Kubota® have attempted to match the same versatility, but many of their features are simply afterthoughts. Only Bobcat has the easiest compact (mini) excavator attachment features in the industry.

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Hydraulic X-Change System

Bobcat compact excavator (mini excavator) with Hydraulic X-Change system.

For the most convenient attachment changes in the industry, choose the optional Hydraulic X-ChangeTM system. Activate the hydraulic pins at the press of a switch; retract for attachment removal or extend for attachment hook up. Hydraulic X-Change maintains optimal “pin-on” bucket geometry so arm and bucket forces are not compromised.

Attachment Versatility

Bobcat E35i compact (mini) excavator with clamp attachment.

With Bobcat compact excavators, you’re ready to expand your offerings and work beyond your traditional digging projects. Choose from more than a dozen attachments. Easily add a hydraulic clamp. Use the standard auxiliary quick couplers. Share many attachments with your Bobcat loader.

Behind the Scenes - Test Video

Bobcat Advantage

When you’re shopping for a new machine, it’s easy to compare specs. After all, that’s the best way to compare machines, right? Not quite. With specs, you’re only getting part of the story. They don’t measure real performance on your jobsite and that’s what matters most. It’s the reason we put top brands through the paces with fair, accurate, and repeatable tests. Watch to see how we developed the tests.

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