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Bobcat E42 Compact Excavator

Operate the boom effortlessly with fingertip controls on the Bobcat® E42 compact excavator (also known as mini excavator).

A conventional tail swing and a narrow stance offers exceptional mobility through tight spaces. With up to 20 gallons per minute of auxiliary hydraulic flow and the X-Change mounting system, you can power 12 different Bobcat attachments on the E42. The E42 is also available with a long arm option and extendable arm option.

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  • Performance

    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 and provides on-demand travel performance with no manual shifting.

    Watch Travel Challenge Video

    Clamp Ready

    Standard port relief and clamp mount provide for easy addition of the optional hydraulic clamp attachment.

    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.

    Watch Attachment Readiness Video

    Selectable Control Pattern

    Easily change between “excavator” and “backhoe” control patterns.

    Piston Pump Hydraulic System

    Senses loads, delivers smooth control and provides exceptional metering.

    Advanced Hydraulics

    Senses loads, delivers smooth control and provides exceptional metering and control.

    Watch Digging Challenge Video

    Watch Lifting Challenge Video

    Watch Slew Challenge Video

    Watch Backfill Challenge Video

    Watch Horsepower Challenge Video

    Selectable Auxiliary Hydraulic Flow

    Operator can elect one of three flow rates to optimize the response of particular hydraulic attachments. Choose between maximum, medium or low flow.

    Fingertip Swing Control

    Rocker-style thumb switch improves metering of the swing function and provides more floor space.

    Watch Multifunctioning Advantages Video

    Quick Couplers

    Keep auxiliary quick couplers in convenient location on the boom, but out of the trench and out of harm’s way.

    Watch 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. Not available on E26.

    Watch Attachment Readiness Video

    X-Change™ System

    Allows you to change attachments quickly with Bobcat’s exclusive system.

    Watch X-Change™ Advantages Video

    Dual Direction Detent

    Provides continuous flow for attachments.

    Blade Float

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

  • Comfort

    Cab with Heat and A/C

    Work in comfort with air movement, temperature control and greater flexibility in directing air. Choose between heat only or heat and A/C. Standard on E55, E60 and E80. Optional on other models.

    Quiet Operation

    Enjoy quiet operation with reduced 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 adjustments.

    Fingertip Auxiliary Controls

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

    Auto Shift Travel

    Transitions the drive motors to and from high range during travel and provides on-demand travel performance with no manual shifting.

    Watch Travel Challenge Video

    Ergonomic Travel Pedals

    Travel with greater comfort and fold the pedals in when they're not needed.

    Floor Mat

    Minimize cleanup time with fewer openings where debris can get trapped.

    Storage

    Carry gear, paperwork and small tools with you in the cab.

    Adjustable Arm Rests

    Adjust for maximum comfort.

    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.

    Suspension Seat

    Adjust the suspension seat for ultimate comfort during long hours of operation.

    Deluxe Cloth Seat

    Cloth seats are available as an option.

    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.

    12 Volt Power Supply

    Power your phone, MP3 player or other accessories.

  • Uptime

    Optional Keyless Start

    Forget about losing or forgetting your keys. Start your machine with a programmable access code.

    Watch Keyless Start Advantages Videos

    Machine Shutdown Protection

    Tracks engine coolant temperature, engine oil pressure and hydraulic oil temperature and shuts down your engine when there's a problem.

    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.

    Engineered Work Group

    Provides greater lift performance through a refined 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 and simplifies transport through easier loading and positioning.

    Cab Door

    Bobcat offers the largest cab opening on the market. Most models have doors that stay within the width of the machine when latched open.

    Watch Entry Comparison Video

    In-Track Swing Frame

    Keeps all components within the tracks, allowing you to work in smaller spaces.

    Watch Boom Advantages Video

    Protected Tailgate

    House structure protects the tailgate and side covers from being damaged.

    Lockable Storage Compartment

    A large storage compartment under the seat keeps your tools handy and protected from theft.

    Automatic Glow Plugs

    Get easier engine starts in cold temperatures.

    In-Cab Pattern Selector

    In-cab pattern selector allows you to change from “excavator” to a “backhoe” control pattern from the operator's seat. No keys, special tools or removing panels are required.

    Hose Routing

    Protects hoses with more steel tubing, well-designed mounts and minimal fittings.

    Watch Hose Routing Comparison Video

  • Serviceability

    Rear and/or Side Access Hood

    Easily access all major service areas.

    Watch Serviceability Comparison Video

    Centralized Grease Bank

    Grease the slew bearing, slew pinion and swing cylinder from a centralized access point.

    Track Tensioning

    Simple grease fitting provides easy track tensioning.

  • Options

    Angle Blade

    Places spoil accurately with simultaneous up/down and angle adjustments, up to 25 degrees left or right; bolt-on, reversible cutting edge provides long life and easy replacement.

    Cab with Heat and A/C

    Work in comfort with air movement, temperature control and greater flexibility in directing air. Choose between a cab with A/C or heat and A/C.

    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 optional radio, which includes an audio input to connect an MP3 player or other device.

    Deluxe Cloth Seat

    Get the most comfort and support with a cloth seat.

    Keyless Start

    Forget about losing or forgetting your keys. Start your machine with a programmable access code.

    Watch Keyless Start Advantages Video

    Steel Tracks

    Equip your machine to withstand the toughest ground conditions.

    Hydraulic X-Change™ Quick-Tach System

    Enables fast attachment changes through a switch that activates hydraulic pins for attachment removal or hook-up.

    Watch Hydraulic X-Change™ Advantages Video

    Hydraulic Clamp Attachment

    Get better control when moving odd-shaped objects and debris. Install the clamp through an auxiliary port relief on the closed center valve.

    Secondary Auxiliary Hydraulics

    Operate the rotating clamshell or grapple attachments.

    Travel Motion Alarm

    Alert other workers on the jobsite when your excavator is traveling.

    Long Arm with Add-On Counterweight

    Reach further and do more work before you have to reposition the machine.

    Extendable Arm With Add-On Counterweight

    Reach an additional 30 in. 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.

Specifications

  • E42 T4
    Engine E42 T4
    Emissions Tier (EPA)Tier 4
    Engine FuelDiesel
    Maximum Governed RPM2200 RPM
    Horsepower42.7 HP
    Turbocharged EngineYes
    Performance E42 T4
    Operating Weight9246 lbs
    Weight Class4.2 t
    Travel Speed - High2.9 mph
    Travel Speed - Low1.6 mph
    Arm Digging Force5762 lbf
    Bucket Digging Force9183 lbf
    Rated Lift Capacity4603 lbs
    Lift Radius118 in
    Boom Swing - Left75 deg
    Boom Swing - Right50 deg
    Maximum Dig Depth10.5 ft
    Max Dump Height12.2 ft
    Maximum Reach at Ground Level17.3 ft
    Capacities E42 T4
    Fuel Tank21.1 gal
    Hydraulic System E42 T4
    Auxiliary Std Flow20 GPM
    Auxiliary Pressure3045 psi
    Dimension E42 T4
    Length200 in
    Overall Length in Travel Position200 in
    Width68.9 in
    Height98.7 in
    Height with Operator Cab98.7 in
    Features E42 T4
    Air ConditioningO
    Cab EnclosureO
    Cab HeaterO
    Heater Air ConditioningO
    RadioO
    Engine ShutdownCheck
    Auxiliary HydraulicsCheck
    Secondary Auxiliary HydraulicsO
    Quick Tach SystemCheck
    Rubber TrackCheck
    Selectable Auxiliary Hydraulic FlowCheck
    Angle BladeO

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

  • E42 T4 Extendable Arm
    Engine E42 T4 Extendable Arm
    Emissions Tier (EPA)Tier 4
    Engine FuelDiesel
    Maximum Governed RPM2200 RPM
    Horsepower42.7 HP
    Turbocharged EngineYes
    Performance E42 T4 Extendable Arm
    Operating Weight9976 lbs
    Weight Class4.5 t
    Travel Speed - High2.9 mph
    Travel Speed - Low1.5
    Arm Digging Force5672 lbf
    Bucket Digging Force9183 lbf
    Rated Lift Capacity4180 lbs
    Lift Radius118.1 in
    Boom Swing - Left75 deg
    Boom Swing - Right50 deg
    Maximum Dig Depth12.5 ft
    Max Dump Height13.3 ft
    Maximum Reach at Ground Level19.1 ft
    Capacities E42 T4 Extendable Arm
    Fuel Tank21.1 gal
    Hydraulic System E42 T4 Extendable Arm
    Auxiliary Std Flow20 GPM
    Auxiliary Pressure3045 psi
    Dimension E42 T4 Extendable Arm
    Length200 in
    Overall Length in Travel Position200 in
    Width68.9 in
    Height98.7 in
    Height with Operator Cab98.7 in
    Features E42 T4 Extendable Arm
    Air ConditioningO
    Cab EnclosureO
    Cab HeaterO
    Heater Air ConditioningO
    RadioO
    Engine ShutdownCheck
    Auxiliary HydraulicsCheck
    Secondary Auxiliary HydraulicsO
    Quick Tach SystemCheck
    Rubber TrackCheck
    Selectable Auxiliary Hydraulic FlowCheck
    Angle BladeO

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

  • E42 T4 Long Arm
    Engine E42 T4 Long Arm
    Emissions Tier (EPA)Tier 4
    Engine FuelDiesel
    Maximum Governed RPM2200 RPM
    Horsepower42.7 HP
    Turbocharged EngineYes
    Performance E42 T4 Long Arm
    Operating Weight9722 lbs
    Weight Class4.4 t
    Travel Speed - High2.9
    Travel Speed - Low1.6 mph
    Arm Digging Force4953 lbf
    Bucket Digging Force9183 lbf
    Rated Lift Capacity4435 lbs
    Lift Radius118.1 in
    Boom Swing - Left75 deg
    Boom Swing - Right50 deg
    Maximum Dig Depth11.5 ft
    Max Dump Height12.8 ft
    Maximum Reach at Ground Level18.2 ft
    Capacities E42 T4 Long Arm
    Fuel Tank21.1 gal
    Hydraulic System E42 T4 Long Arm
    Auxiliary Std Flow20 GPM
    Auxiliary Pressure3045 psi
    Dimension E42 T4 Long Arm
    Length201.6 in
    Overall Length in Travel Position201.6 in
    Width68.9 in
    Height98.7 in
    Height with Operator Cab98.7 in
    Features E42 T4 Long Arm
    Air ConditioningO
    Cab EnclosureO
    Cab HeaterO
    Heater Air ConditioningO
    RadioO
    Engine ShutdownCheck
    Auxiliary HydraulicsCheck
    Secondary Auxiliary HydraulicsO
    Quick Tach SystemCheck
    Rubber TrackCheck
    Selectable Auxiliary Hydraulic FlowCheck
    Angle BladeO

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

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Videos

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Compact Excavators: Extended Reach

Compact Excavators: Hydraulic X-Change Advantages

Compact Excavators: Backfill Challenge

Compact Excavators: Slew Challenge