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E42 Compact Excavator

E42 Compact Excavator

E42 Excavator

Eliminating the use for a foot pedal control, the E42 offers fingertip control boom swing which makes it effortless to operate. The auto idle reduces noise on the jobsite, while improving fuel efficiency. The conventional tail swing makes it simple moving the machine in its narrow stance through tight spaces such as doors, gates, and onto trailers. The E42 can be equipped with a long arm to increase your dig depth and reduce your repositioning. Operator comfort is enhanced with a spacious cab, allowing for easy entry and exit, and easy access to the engine for faster maintenance.

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Auto Idle: Automatically idles the engine when machine functions are not used for four seconds and returns to normal operating throttle when operation resumes.

Auto Shift Travel: Transitions the drive motors to and from high range during travel; provides on-demand travel performance with no manual shifting. Bobcat excavators travel faster than other brands. See for yourself in the Bobcat Advantage Travel Challenge video.

Extendable Arm (Optional): The extendable arm provides an additional 30" of reach when at full extension, while maintaining the ability to operate with standard reach which retains original arm and bucket forces. In addition, the structure provides compatibility with the clamp attachment as well as the Hydraulic X-Change mounting system. The Bobcat extendable arm is the industry's first and only clamp-ready extendable arm. Learn more in the Bobcat Advantage Extendable Arm video.

Selectable Control Pattern: Easily change between “excavator” and “backhoe” control pattern.

Conventional Tail Swing: Offers top lift capacity and better access through doors or crowded yards.

Angle Blade (optional): Places spoil accurately with simultaneious up/down and angle adjustments, up to 25 degrees left or right; bolt on, reversible cutting edge provides long life and easy replacement.

Piston Pump and Closed Center Valve System: Senses loads, delivers smooth control and provides exceptional metering.

Hydraulic System: Provides smooth, refined operation for tough jobs. Watch the Bobcat hydraulic system outperform other brands in the Bobcat Advantage Digging Challenge, Lifting Challenge, Slew Challenge, Backfill Challenge and Hydraulic Horsepower Challenge videos.

Selectable Auxiliary Hydraulic Flow:Operator can elect one of three flow rates to optimize the response of particular hydraulic attachments such as maximum flow for attachments like the auger, medium flow for slower clamp movements and lowest flow for precise movements of a Power Tilt accessory.

Fingertip Swing Control: Rocker-style thumb switch improves metering of the swing function and provides more floor space. Bobcat offers the best multifunctioning capabilities. Compare other brands in the Multifunctioning Advantages video.

Quick Couplers: Keeps auxiliary quick couplers in convenient location on the boom, but out of the trench and out of harm’s way. On some brands, quick couplers aren’t even standard equipment. Learn more in the Bobcat Advantage Attachment Readiness video.

Easy Hydraulic Clamp Installation: Simplify installation of a hydraulic clamp through an auxiliary port relief on the closed center valve. Clamp mounts integrated into the dipper arm. Some brands don’t even feature a standard clamp mount. Compare them in the Bobcat Advantage Attachment Readiness video.

X-Change System (standard): Allows you to change attachments quickly with Bobcat’s exclusive system. Attachment changes should be easy. Watch the Bobcat X-Change™ Advantages video to see the industry’s fastest, most efficient attachment X-Change system in action.

Hydraulic X-Change (optional): The most convenient attachment changes in the industry. Enables fast attachment changes through a switch that activates hydraulic pins for attachment removal or hook-up. See the system in action by watching the Bobcat Hydraulic X-Change™ Advantages video.

Dual Direction Detent: Standard feature that provides continuous flow for attachments.

Blade Float: Simplify grading, leveling and backfilling. Smoothly finish your work with minimal operator input using the blade float.

Climate Control (optional): Work in comfort with air movement, temperature control and greater flexibility in directing air.

Suspension Seat: We provide a king-size adjustable suspension seat for ultimate comfort during long hours of operation.

Deluxe Cloth Seat (optional): Cloth seats are available as an option.

Radio: Listen to music while you work with the conveniently placed radio, which includes an audio input to connect an MP3 player or other device.

12 Volt Power Accessory: 12 volt power accessory for charging your mobile phone or other accessories.

Cup Holders: Two conveniently placed cup holders keep beverages within reach.

Joystick Controls: Easily control the boom swing and auxiliary hydraulics with precision and low hand fatigue.

Quiet Operation: Reduces noise and vibration levels through a redesigned engine, air intake, cooling and exhaust systems, combined with the new pump and valve design.

Rotary Speed Control Knob: Provides precise throttle control and adjusts.

Fingertip Controls: Puts auxiliary hydraulic controls at your fingertips for precise, low-fatigue operation.

Ergonomic Travel Pedals: Control travel speeds with greater comfort; pedals fold when they aren’t needed.

Floor Mat: Control cleanup time by minimizing pockets and openings that trap debris.

Storage: Carry gear and a beverage, and power your cell phone or other devices.

Adjustable Arm Rests: Adjust for maximum comfort.

Machine Shutdown Protection: structure Tracks engine coolant temperature, engine oil pressure and hydraulic oil temperature.

Redesigned Work Group: Provides greater lift performance through a new boom, arm and attachment/bucket; accommodates an optional second set of auxiliary hydraulics.

X-Frame Undercarriage: Improves ground clearance and sheds debris for less cleanup time.

Integrated Slew Brakes: Hold loads still and steady for accurate placement during work on slopes; simplifies transport through easier loading and positioning.

Cab Door: Remains within the width of the machine when latched open. In addition, Bobcat offers the largest cab opening on the market. Compare other brands in the Bobcat Advantage Entry Comparison video.

In-Track Swing Frame: Keeps all components within the tracks, allowing you to work in smaller spaces. Learn the benefits of this design by watching the Bobcat Advantage Boom Advantages video.

Protected Tailgate: Structure protects the tailgate and side covers from being damaged.

Keyless Start (optional): No keys to lose or forget. Reduce the risk of downtime due to theft or unauthorized use by equipping your excavator with the password protected keyless start. Learn all the benefits in the Bobcat Advantage Keyless Start video.

Battery Run-Down Protection: The lighting circuit automatically shuts down to prevent accidental battery discharge when the lights are left on after the work is done.

Lockable Storage Compartment: A large storage compartment keeps your tools handy and protected from theft underneath the seat.

In-Cab Pattern Selector: In-cab pattern selector allows you to change from “excavator” to a “backhoe” control pattern from the seat of the can. No keys, special tools or removing panels are required.

Hose Routing: Protects hoses with more steel tubing, well-designed mounts and minimal fittings. Compare other brands by watching the Bobcat Advantage Hose Routing Comparison Video.

Swing-Open Tailgate and Side Access Hood: Allows access to all major service areas. Bobcat offers industry-leading maintenance access. See for yourself by watching the Bobcat Advantage Serviceability Comparison video.

Grease Bank: Provides centralized grease access for the slew bearing, slew pinion and swing cylinder.

Grease Cylinder Fitting: Offers easy track tensioning.

Training Resources: Train operators and technicians in the safe operating and servicing of Bobcat equipment. Operator training courses, safety videos and other training materials are available at your Bobcat dealer’s parts department or by visiting the training resources page.

Engine Bobcat E42 T4 E42 T4 Long Arm Bobcat E42 T4 - Extendable Arm Option
Emissions Tier (EPA) Tier 4 Tier 4 Tier 4
Engine Fuel Diesel Diesel Diesel
Maximum Governed RPM 2200 RPM 2200 RPM 2200 RPM
Horsepower 42.7 HP 42.7 HP 42.7 HP
Turbocharged Engine Yes Yes Yes
Performance Bobcat E42 T4 E42 T4 Long Arm Bobcat E42 T4 - Extendable Arm Option
Operating Weight 9246 lbs 9722 lbs 9976 lbs
Weight Class 4.2 t 4.4 t 4.5 t
Travel Speed - High 2.9 mph 2.9 2.9 mph
Travel Speed - Low 1.6 mph 1.6 mph 1.5
Arm Digging Force 5762 lbf 4953 lbf 5672 lbf
Bucket Digging Force 9183 lbf 9183 lbf 9183 lbf
Rated Lift Capacity 4603 lbs 4435 lbs 4180 lbs
Lift Radius 118 in 118.1 in 118.1 in
Boom Swing - Left 75 deg 75 deg 75 deg
Boom Swing - Right 50 deg 50 deg 50 deg
Maximum Dig Depth 10.5 ft 11.5 ft 12.5 ft
Max Dump Height 12.2 ft 12.8 ft 13.3 ft
Maximum Reach at Ground Level 17.3 ft 18.2 ft 19.1 ft
Capacities Bobcat E42 T4 E42 T4 Long Arm Bobcat E42 T4 - Extendable Arm Option
Fuel Tank 21.1 gal 21.1 gal 21.1 gal
Hydraulic System Bobcat E42 T4 E42 T4 Long Arm Bobcat E42 T4 - Extendable Arm Option
Auxiliary Std Flow 20 GPM 20 GPM 20 GPM
Auxiliary Pressure 3045 psi 3045 psi 3045 psi
Dimension Bobcat E42 T4 E42 T4 Long Arm Bobcat E42 T4 - Extendable Arm Option
Length 200 in 201.6 in 200 in
Overall Length in Travel Position 200 in 201.6 in 200 in
Width 68.9 in 68.9 in 68.9 in
Height 98.7 in 98.7 in 98.7 in
Height with Operator Cab 98.7 in 98.7 in 98.7 in
Features Bobcat E42 T4 E42 T4 Long Arm Bobcat E42 T4 - Extendable Arm Option
Air Conditioning
Cab Enclosure
Cab Heater
Heater Air Conditioning
Engine Shutdown
Auxiliary Hydraulics
Secondary Auxiliary Hydraulics
Quick Tach System
Rubber Track
Selectable Auxiliary Hydraulic Flow
Angle Blade

Check - Standard     O - Optional     X - Not Available     - - No Data Available

Deluxe Instrumentation: Quickly read operation information including the fuel level, coolant temperature, day/time, throttle position, engine RPM and customized delay times (4-250 seconds) on a 5-in. full-color display. Also control auxiliary flow modes and rates and view diagnostic information and service internal reminders. An integrated keyless start system is included.

Eco-Mode: Machines with deluxe instrumentation include an eco-mode option that limits RPM and can increase fuel efficiency.

Radio: Listen to music while you work with the conveniently placed radio, which includes an audio input to connect an MP3 player or other device.

Factory Installed Options/Accessories:

  • Cab with Heat
  • Cab with Heat and A/C
  • Deluxe Cloth Seat
  • Keyless Start System
  • Steel tracks
  • Hydraulic X-Change Quick-tach System
  • Hydraulic Clamp Attachment
  • Secondary Clamp Attachment
  • Secondary Auxiliary Hydraulics
  • Travel Motion Alarm
  • Long Arm with Enlarged Counterweight
  • Extendable Arm with Add-On Counterweight