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Early Spring HOWA 2011

Choosing the right 3-point implement

How to select the right Bobcat implement for your next soil preparation project

Box blade

Bobcat box blade

There are a variety of 3-point hitch implements to choose from to prepare soils. It can be difficult to decide which one is best for different applications, such as installing a new yard or reconditioning an existing yard, preparing for a new garden or simply doing light grading.

Bobcat Company offers many rear-mounted implements for its compact tractors and Toolcat™ 5610 utility work machine to help homeowners accomplish their smallest to biggest soil conditioning tasks. Read about these Bobcat® implements on these pages and learn about the advantages of each implement type for preparing soils.

TASK NO. 1: ROUGH GRADING

Implement Recommendation

Soil conditioner

Bobcat soil conditioner

Box Blade

A real workhorse of 3-point hitch implements, the box blade is used for rough grading, fast leveling, working gravel, topsoil and landscaping applications.

Features:

  • Three models with widths of 60, 72 and 84 in.
  • A 4-by-4 in. mainframe and double-lug lower hitch points
  • Two reversible, high-carbon steel cutting edges provide the shearing action
  • Adjustable and removable scarifiers allow up to 3 in. of ground penetration for breaking up hard ground

TASK NO. 2: FINAL GRADING OR CONDITIONING

Angle blade

Bobcat angle blade

Implement Recommendations

Soil Conditioner

The soil conditioner separates rocks and debris, grades, levels, fills, pulverizes clumps of dirt and tears out old sod.

Features:

  • Angle the attachment up to 25 degrees left or right
  • Optional hydraulic depth control and hydraulic angle
  • Manual depth on 3-point hydraulic or manual angle available

Angle Blade

Sculpt final grades, dig ditches and swales and maintain gravel or dirt roads with a Bobcat angle blade.

Tine rake

Bobcat tine rake

Features:

  • Rotates 360 degrees allowing forward and reverse travel during operation
  • Four models with widths of 60, 72, 84 and 96 in.
  • Reversible cutting edge, blade oscillation and blade offset

Tine Rake

As you level the soil, the tine rake implement rakes and collects surface debris.

Features:

  • The rake can be angled or reversed by simply relocating the index pin
  • Flexible tines vibrate to loosen soil
  • Tines are spaced so dirt falls between, but rocks and other debris are raked up

Disc harrow

Bobcat disc harrow

TASK NO. 3: PREPARING SEEDBED AND GARDENS

Implement Recommendations

Disc Harrow

Prepare soil for new seedbeds and plantings with a Bobcat® disc harrow implement.

Features:

  • Two models with widths of 72 and 84 in.
  • Four sets of five 18-in. discs
  • Adjustable cutting depths and aggressions

Tiller

Bobcat tiller

Tiller

Use the tiller to break ground, prepare soil for planting, amend soil with fertilizer, manure or mulch, and remove weeds between tree rows.

Features:

  • Three models with widths of 48, 60 and 74 in.
  • Tines rotate in the same direction as the tires when the compact tractor is moving forward and cover the tire tracks for a consistent finish
  • Slip clutch protection to prevent driveline component damage
  • Control digging depth with adjustable skid shoes from 0 to 7 inches