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Spring 2009

Country newcomers

Acreage owners use versatile Toolcat 5610 to care for their dream country property

The call to the country has always pulled at Mary Mielke. Having spent most of her adult life in Houston, Texas, Mary has always wanted some land of her own to enjoy the country life. With her husband, Ted, Mary purchased land in the Spring Creek Ranch subdivision in Hockley, Texas. The subdivision caters to horse owners, and while the couple doesn't plan to own horses — a dream home, a pool, a lake stocked with fish and an organic farm are all part of Mary's master plan for the property.

Ted and Mary Mielke

Toolcat 5610 owners Ted and Mary Mielke maximize the machine's abilities with front-mounted attachments and rear-mounted Category 1 implements.

Toolcat 5610 discovery

With 23 acres to care for, Mary needs equipment to help her maintain the property. After looking for a type of equipment that could transport more than one person and considering a utility vehicle, a trip to Bobcat of Houston changed Mary's plans. There, she saw the Toolcat™ 5610 utility work machine. The Toolcat 5610 is a one-of-a-kind machine that combines the benefits of a loader, utility vehicle and compact tractor into one machine. The front lift arm can be used with more than 40 attachments to perform a variety of tasks and the enclosed cab carries two people. The rear of the machine may be equipped with a hydraulic power take-off, a three-point hitch for Category 1 implements, and/or rear remote hydraulics.

An attachment on the front and implement on the rear can be attached to the machine at the same time and used alternately as needed. For example, Mary could mount a grapple attachment on the front to haul logs and other debris and have a three-point mower implement on the rear of the machine to cut grass. Both of these tasks are performed separately without wasting time switching between attachments and implements.

Comfortable, labor-saving features

There are a number of features on the Toolcat 5610 that immediately caught her eye. The enclosed cab sold her because the land is filled with moccasin and copperhead snakes and the air-conditioned cab gives her a sense of security. Mary already had 3-point implements for her compact tractor and those can also be used on her Toolcat 5610. Another selling point of the Toolcat 5610 was the Power Bob-Tach™ mounting system, which makes it possible to change between non-hydraulic attachments without having to leave the cab. "The Power Bob-Tach makes changing attachments easy," Mary says.

Mary Mielke operating her Toolcat 5610

With a combination bucket, the Toolcat 5610 utility work machine grabs, lifts and carries debris on the Mielke acreage in Texas.

As Mary settles into making the land into her home, one of the best things about living there is the sense of accomplishment she gets from transforming and maintaining the property. "When you're clearing land or mowing grass with the Toolcat 5610, you can look behind you and everything looks nice and pretty. It gives me a nice sense of completion," Mary says.

For more information on Toolcat utility work machines, visit the Toolcat page.

Visit MyWorkSaver to read other personal use stories in the all-new Homeowner with Acreage edition of WorkSaver® magazine online, or pick up a copy at a nearby Bobcat dealership.