Compact Excavator / Performance Features

Extendable Arm

If you need more reach, Bobcat offers the first and only clamp-ready extendable arm option for select compact excavators. It offers the best of both worlds: power and lifting performance, combined with the ability to extend the machine's dig depth and reach when you need it.

Feature Details

Get Extra Reach

It delivers up to 30 in. of reach at full extension (compared to standard arms), so you can reach farther with less repositioning. Dump spoil further away from the excavator and reach further back into the trench for cleanout purposes. Loading trucks is easier, too, because the extendable arm allows you to place material more efficiently into the truck without moving the excavator.

No Loss of Original Arm & Bucket Forces

Bobcat E55 compact (mini) excavator with an extendable arm and bucket attachment removing dirt from a hole.

Work with greater power with standard reach while keeping original arm and bucket forces. Enjoy greater longevity of your machine with replaceable composite wear pads to reinforce the excavator's structure and maintain its integrity.

Hydraulic X-Change Compatible

Bobcat E55 compact (mini) track loader and grapple attachment moving a metal culvert.

This option also allows the use of the hydraulic clamp and Hydraulic X-Change™ attachment mounting system, so you can lift, load and place materials. Get the power, versatility and extra reach you need — all from a compact machine.

Easy Controls

Bobcat E35 compact (mini) excavator cab

Control the extension and retraction of the arm with a paddle on the right-hand joystick controls. When equipped with a clamp, the paddle on the left-hand joystick controls the clamp function. Together, it is a simple process to extend the arm and reach objects to lift and place them.

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Reach Further

At times, you need more reach than a standard arm configuration. Because we think about what is important on a jobsite, Bobcat provides to you an extendable arm option. You can even use a clamp. Caterpillar®, John Deere®, and Kubota® have extendable arms, but none of them can be used with a clamp. Only Bobcat® excavators gives you the most attachment flexibility on your jobsite.