Durability. Reliability. Versatility. Of course, those are priorities when choosing a compact excavator to improve your productivity. But comfort? For some, it’s last on the list. But think about it: The longer you can comfortably stay in the seat of your machine, the more productive you’ll be. That’s why comfort should be one of the most important considerations when buying a compact excavator.
Here are a few features you’ll find on Bobcat® compact excavators that make our equipment more comfortable — to help you be more productive.
Larger cab space
Whether you wear size 8 or size 13 boots, a roomy cab with more space for your knees, feet legs and upper body will always equal less fatigue at the end of the day. A roomy cab won’t make you feel cramped or make movement difficult. And larger doorways ensure you can enter and exit easily. Bobcat excavators offer the industry’s most cab space, providing about 20 percent more interior cab volume than other excavator brands, along with the largest cab entry/exit room.
Lower noise and vibration levels provide long-term comfort and reduce fatigue. Bobcat excavators feature a redesigned engine, air intake, cooling and exhaust systems, combined with the new pump and valve designs that help reduce sound levels.
Auto Idle automatically idles the engine and lowers noise levels when you pause your work for more than four seconds. The previous throttle position resumes when you move the joystick or engage a travel function. It's helpful when you want a quick break or need to communicate on the jobsite.
One-hand travel control
Auto-shift travel simplifies your travel. It automatically shifts the travel motors to and from high range with no manual shifting. Simply select the travel range and go. A directional lug track provides a smoother ride and less vibration. It’s valuable as you move to different jobsites throughout the day.
Operator-friendly, ergonomic controls keep you productive all day long. You can control attachments with precision, flexibility and low fatigue. And you can grade, level and backfill with less operator input. Head to the next jobsite using the one-hand travel control. (You can also adjust the arm rests for added comfort.)
Improved air movement
Long days in extreme weather can be exhausting. M-Series compact excavators offer an impressive climate control system with multiple air vents to direct warm or cold air where you want it. The system has a full range of temperature control and provides comfort in extreme weather conditions — so you can finish the job.
Ergonomic travel pedals
On all M-Series models, you can control travel speeds with more comfort and precision. And fold-up pedals provide for optimum foot room.
Super deluxe seat
You’re doing tough work, with lots of starts, stops, jolts and bumps. That’s why select Bobcat models feature a standard deluxe cloth suspension seat with lumbar support and limitless adaptability for every operator. Adjust the seat relative to the joysticks, exactly where you need it.
Precise engine speed adjustments
Throttle adjustments are made with an easy-to-use rotary knob (available on most models). The knob gives you precise control and adjusts easier than a lever.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make the day go a little smoother. Select Bobcat excavators offer thoughtful features so you can carry your gear in the storage bins, keep your favorite beverage in the large cup holder and power your cell phone or other devices.