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Posted: 01/01/2016

Dig Faster

Digging cycle time can mean the difference between hitting and missing a deadline. That’s why Bobcat® compact (mini) excavators are designed with advanced hydraulics for faster digging. They’re also designed to dig while under load. Caterpillar®, John Deere, and Kubota attempt to deliver the same performance, but their hydraulics just can’t keep up. Watch the test to see for yourself.

Digging cycle time can mean the difference between hitting and missing a deadline. That’s why Bobcat® compact (mini) excavators are designed with advanced hydraulics for faster digging. They’re also designed to dig while under load. Caterpillar®, John Deere, and Kubota attempt to deliver the same performance, but their hydraulics just can’t keep up. Watch the test to see for yourself.

Dig Faster Overview

A digging cycle is the amount of time it takes you to dig your bucket into the ground, filling it with material, unloading it, and finally returning it to the face. It directly determines how much material you can move in a day. For you, faster digging cycles from your machine mean more profit in your pocket.

Watch the Full Test

When considering digging cycles for each brand of excavator, a difference of a few cycles may seem insignificant. But over time, it could mean a significant difference in your productivity. Which brand of compact excavator can dig the most in a day? Watch the test results to find out.

Bobcat vs. Other Brands

Digging speed comparison of Bobcat vs Caterpillar vs John Deere vs Kubota compact (mini) excavators.

Test Results

Bobcat compact (mini) excavators are designed for every spec to work together. For you, that means better performance and faster cycle times. Caterpillar, John Deere, Kubota, and Bobcat excavators completed a two-minute digging challenge and the results speak for themselves. When compared to other brands, Bobcat excavators delivered up to 40 percent more cycles. Over the course of a day, a week, or a month, that difference will positively impact your productivity.

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Powerful Hydraulics

Hydraulic system on Bobcat excavators.

Bobcat compact excavators deliver more hydraulic horsepower than other brands of the same size. More power means more performance under load. This performance advantage is easily measured in increased slew torque, faster cycle times and maximum auxiliary hydraulic performance. The end result is more work per hour in the toughest conditions and increased attachment performance.

Predictable Controls

Bobcat E35 compact excavator lifting with a bucket and clamp attachment.

Bobcat compact excavators deliver the house, boom, arm and bucket control you expect in the most challenging work environments. It’s the confidence in these precise movements that determines whether you complete the job using your machine, or with two workers and a pair of shovels. This predictable control is delivered through exclusive control valve systems and torque-limiting piston pumps that match force with demand.

How We Test Equipment

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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