After the Music Stops, the 2300 Keeps Working
School district finds many uses for utility vehicle and attachments
School district employees keep the Bobcat 2300 utility vehicle busy during the week and weekends, such as transporting band equipment on a trailer.
Whether it's the homecoming parade through the streets of Huntingburg, Ind., or the state finals for marching bands at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts, the Southridge High School Raiders marching band is recognized for its musical talent and performance skills — and noticed, too, for the red, black and white utility vehicle traveling with the band.
While the Bobcat® 2300 utility vehicle, sporting the Raiders colors and logo, attracts plenty of attention pulling a small aluminum trailer carrying the band's percussion instruments, it's the everyday use around the school district that demonstrates the value of the multi-use machine.
A perfect fit
"At the time of purchase, I looked at different equipment options," says Terry Enlow, superintendent of Southwest Dubois County School Corporation. "The 2300 had features that fit our situation perfectly — a utility vehicle with excellent hydraulics and the capability to use a variety of attachments. It was far above similar products. In fact, there was nothing else in its class."
The school district, which serves the city of Huntingburg and the town of Holland, is located in a rural area in southern Indiana. Poultry is a major enterprise in the county, which has one of the highest per capita rates of agricultural income in the state. Other notable businesses, such as woodworking and furniture production, have been down in recent years.
"We are a small district that is not growing," Enlow says. "That's why it's important that when we purchase equipment it has to have multiple uses, so we can stretch our available dollars as far as possible. We use the 2300 for a variety of jobs."
The 2300 with snow blade is perfect for clearing snow from sidewalks, driveways and parking lots. The operator, working from inside an enclosed cab, can angle the blade left or right 30 degrees. "It does an excellent job of snow removal," Enlow says. "Three of our schools are in one location and our other school is about seven miles away. We put the 2300 on a trailer and move it between sites. It works great."
The Bobcat sprayer attachment is used to spray fertilizer on school grounds and athletic fields. With a 40-gallon tank and adjustable boom height, the sprayer delivers fast and accurate application. "It's a big time-saver," Enlow says. "And there is no end to the types of jobs we can do easier with the bucket, such as light grading and leveling, and carrying landscaping materials."
School employees who operate the 2300 also like the powered cargo dump box, the strong and light all-aluminum frame, the comfortable cab and the ease of maintenance.
Since the school district purchased the 2300 and attachments from Hopf Equipment, other equipment is used less. "We knew we could do more with the 2300," Enlow says. "As a versatile, cost-effective machine, it was by far the best solution to address our needs."
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