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Finding an information hub can be difficult. That's why we assembled this collection of videos, articles, checklists and more to give you the educational resources you need, from customer perspectives and product comparisons, to business advice and more.

Bobcat E35 compact excavator undercarriage

6 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Undercarriage

There’s a lot riding on the undercarriage of your compact excavator or compact track loader. Literally. Maintaining the undercarriage and its moving components is critical to efficient operation. Follow these tips to get better performance and life out of your undercarriage when working in a variety of applications.


How to Safely Lift and Move Loads With an Excavator

Other than digging, one of the most frequent jobs performed by hydraulic excavators is lifting. Understanding your machine’s lifting capacity helps you to lift and move loads safely, and knowing what to check before you lift can help prevent injuries and downtime.


3 Jobs You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Your Compact Excavator

Compact excavators are great at what they’re built for — digging in confined spaces. But you may not know they perform a wide variety of tasks beyond excavation. Paired with the right attachments and a coupler system that allows for quick and easy exchanges, here are three.....


Leasing Lowers Payments, Saves Money for Excavating Company

Leasing compact equipment is growing in popularity and can be an affordable option to traditional financing or buying compact equipment outright. Imperial Excavating is an established excavating company that has found success through the Bobcat PowerLease finance program offered.....


New Revenue Ideas for Your Compact Excavator

Your compact excavator offers versatility far beyond digging jobs. With the right attachments, you could bid on jobs you may not have previously considered. Here are four jobs you could perform.....

Excavator checklist

Cold Weather 101 Checklist

Ongoing improvements to engines and diesel fuel have helped reduce emissions and contributed to cleaner air. Today, we have cleaner and more efficient diesel engines in Bobcat® compact equipment. The High-Pressure Common-Rail (HPCR) technology used on our larger engines uses.....

Excavator comfort

The Secrets to Unmatched Compact Excavator Comfort

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.....

Interpreting specs

Interpreting the Specs to Find the Right Compact Excavator

When it comes to compact excavators, you’ll find that nearly all of the key specifications relate to the machine’s size, power or performance. Depending on the manufacturer, you’ll find a range of sizes, engine horsepower ratings, dig depths, dump heights and.....

Excavator checklist

Top 7 Things to Look for When You Demo a Compact Excavator

So you’ve read the manufacturer’s literature, visited their website and pored over machine specs. Now, you’re at the dealership and ready to demo compact excavators. While you’re digging, pushing and lifting, what should you be paying.....


Advanced Hydraulics Help Power Compact Excavators

The most important way to determine an excavator’s performance is to feel the balance between the hydraulic system and the engine horsepower. It’s the guts that determines the true performance.....


Four Jobs This Clamp Does Better

Go beyond the capabilities of a typical hydraulic clamp attachment with the Pro Clamp™ system from Bobcat Company. The Pro Clamp™ system consists of a base component, standard pin-on work tool and optional.....

Anatomy of an excavator

Know the Basics: Compact Excavators 101

Compact excavators (sometimes called mini excavators) are classified as machines with an operating weight of 10 metric tons or less. They emerged in North America in the mid ‘80s and have grown tremendously in popularity. Compact excavators are versatile machines built for a simple purpose — fast, efficient trenching.....

Excavator checklist

Rent vs. Buy: 10 Things You Need to Know

Buying a compact machine is a big commitment. There are several factors to help you decide whether buying or renting a machine makes the most sense, including jobsite needs, attachment versatility and — of course.....

Excavator Q & A

Excavator Q&A: How to Choose the Right Bucket

When you’re in the market for a compact excavator, the bucket is an important consideration. Compact excavator buckets come in a variety of sizes — choosing which is best for your environment and application can improve your machine’s performance and your productivity. So how do you find the bucket.....


Nine Jobs for Your Compact Excavator

It’s no secret that compact excavators can dig. But Bobcat® compact excavators reach far beyond the traditional role of digging. And to prove it, here are nine jobs that might expand the way you think about how you.....


Put Specs to the Test with a Jobsite Demo

When you’re shopping for an excavator, specs and promotional materials can help jump-start your research and narrow down your choices, but basing a purchase solely on a few numbers can be risky. Specs can be made to look good, and every manufacturer or salesperson.....

Excavator Q & A

Excavator Q&A: How to Choose the Right Compact Excavator

With compact excavators enjoying a recent spike in popularity, the lineup of available models is more diverse and expansive than ever. Today, manufacturers produce enough variety in their equipment to allow you to tailor your machine selection....


Five Things to Consider Before Buying a Compact Excavator

Once you’ve determined that a compact excavator — also known as a mini excavator — is the right machine for you, the real work begins. It’s time to think about your business and how you’ll use the machine. But don’t let the terms “compact” or “mini” fool....


Get to Know Compact Excavators

Compact excavators take advantage of distinct features to deliver maneuverability, power, lift capacity, versatility and reach.

Depth Check System

Improve Grade Accuracy with Bobcat Depth Check System

Achieve an accurate grade every time without leaving your cab using the Bobcat® depth check system. Efficient and easy to use, the Bobcat depth check system delivers accurate dig depth measurement for precision grading performance. It prevents.....

Easy access makes for easy maintenance

How Easy Access Means Easy Maintenance

Because downtime costs money, it’s crucial to select equipment that provides easy access to engine components and routine maintenance items. When you can keep your excavator in good working order, you lower your operating costs and have the potential to make more.....


Top Attachments for Compact Excavators

Traditionally known for their digging prowess, compact excavators have become a valuable addition to every equipment lineup. And when it comes to work, these attachment options make Bobcat® compact excavators the go-to choice for tough.....