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Compact Excavator / Performance Features

Predictable Controls

The same Bobcat-exclusive control valves that deliver smooth operation also provide a predictable workgroup. With Bobcat excavators, you can confidently make precise movements in tight-fitting areas.

  • Smoother: Many brands claim they are smooth when they are really just slow. Bobcat excavators are both smooth and fast, so you can get work done quickly. Bobcat-exclusive control valve systems deliver consistent oil flow to all functions. This delivers smooth operation without sacrificing cycle times.
  • More Powerful: High-efficiency, torque-limiting piston pumps match force to demand, continuously responding to loads and delivering more usable power. The workgroup maintains exceptional arm and bucket forces in tough conditions.
  • Faster: True cycle times aren’t measured in a dealer parking lot. They’re measured on the job, under load: filling trucks, placing boulders or trenching. Matching cylinder size to pump capacities, Bobcat excavators achieve industry leading cycle times. Try Bobcat machines in real life situations, and you’ll get the job done faster.


Bobcat compact excavator (mini excavator) with advanced hydraulic components.
Bobcat compact excavator (mini excavator) loads truck.
Bobcat compact excavator (mini excavator) places pipe.

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.

Efficient Control Operation

Controls on excavators should give skilled operators the ability to perform many functions at the same time. A skilled operator can offset, move the machine, plus run the attachment and work group at the same time. That’s why Bobcat® compact (mini) excavators have been designed with fingertip controls. Control boom swing, auxiliaries and angle blade functions with your fingertips. Caterpillar®, John Deere®, and Kubota® place important functions on the floor where they’re in the way and tougher to operate with precision. Review the test results to see why Bobcat’s design is best.