Compact Excavator / Performance Features

Powerful Hydraulics

With more engine horsepower than other brands of the same size, Bobcat® excavators generate more horsepower in the hydraulic system, where it counts. This allows the excavator to sustain flow at higher pressure, which translates into faster cycle times under load. Simply put, they dig stronger and faster. High-efficiency, torque-limiting piston pump hydraulic system matches force to demand, continuously responding to loads and delivering more usable power. The system delivers exceptional metering and smooth control of machine functions. Pound for pound, you’ll get better digging performance than you would from other manufacturers’ machines.

Bobcat compact excavator (mini excavator) hydraulic horsepower comparison chart.
Bobcat compact excavator (mini excavator) horsepower comparison chart.

Compare Brands

There’s a huge difference between published specs and real-world testing. Bobcat Advantage® puts the industry’s top compact equipment brands in tough challenges to show you the differences. Objective tests and competitive comparisons measure up Bobcat®, Caterpillar®, John Deere®, and Kubota® machines.

More Hydraulic Power

No matter what kind of projects you tackle with your compact excavator, you need to consider hydraulic horsepower. It’s the single best predictor of performance. That’s because hydraulic horsepower directly affects your travel speed, backfill speed, and digging cycles. Bobcat® excavators are designed to deliver maximum hydraulic flow while working under pressure. Caterpillar®, John Deere®, and Kubota® try to keep up, but their hydraulic systems can’t deliver. Review the test results to see why.

Stronger Slewing

When you’re digging on a slope, slew force is the power you need to swing your excavator. It also determines how quickly you can move material back into your trench. Bobcat® compact (mini) excavators are designed to deliver the most slewing force. Caterpillar®, John Deere®, and Kubota® try to match it, but they fall short. Only Bobcat delivers the industry’s best slewing force. Review the test results to see why.

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. Review the test results to see why.

Faster Agility

If you can backfill quickly, you’ll save valuable time on your jobsite. Compared to other brands, Bobcat® compact (mini) excavators put more power to the ground when you engage your tracks. Caterpillar®, John Deere®, and Kubota® try to keep up, but Bobcat excavators are simply faster. Review the test results to see why.