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Summer 2011

Attachments: Agriculture is in our roots

Attachments: Agriculture is in our roots

S630 with mower

S630 with mower

The roots of compact equipment date back more than 50 years and begin in the agriculture industry — with a turkey farmer from Minnesota named Eddie Velo, to be precise. In 1957, the Keller brothers pioneered the loader and attachment industry with the first self-propelled loader with an attachment to clean manure from turkey barns. Today, Bobcat carries on the tradition of helping you find a better way to get work done, to give you more time for other projects, and it's done with Bobcat® tool carriers and attachments.

Improve productivity

Whether you're a dairy farmer, feedlot, calf-cow operation, poultry farm, row crop producer or acreage owner, Bobcat has the attachments to help you get more production out of your compact loaders. They turn a single machine into a versatile tool carrier, and replace less effective means of doing work. They often replace manual labor that was previously done with shovels, pitchforks and wheelbarrows, moving, handling manure, cleaning barns, digging post holes with an auger, mowing brush or grass, removing saplings, loading silage into mixers, checking on cattle and much more.

S850 with industrial grapple

S850 with industrial grapple

All year or seasonal projects

Bobcat attachments can be used year-round, such as bale forks for moving or loading bales, or for seasonal projects such as pushing, blowing or removing snow with a Bobcat snowblower or blade. Either way, they're designed to be the most durable and reliable attachments to make sure you stay on schedule and get chores done easier and faster.

Crossover between tool carriers

Bobcat has developed many attachments for use in the agriculture community. Many of these can be used on multiple types of Bobcat tool carriers, including skid-steer loaders, compact track loaders, Toolcat™ utility work machines, compact excavators and telehandlers. Even the Bobcat 3450 utility vehicle has five front-mounted attachments and a RapidLink™ system to help with farm chores.

Read about five of the many popular agriculture attachments on the following pages.

Attachments for agriculture producers:

Mower attachment

Mower attachment

Mower — Leave a clean cut

Chose the mower attachment for your Bobcat compact loader. Easily connect a mower attachment to your compact loader with the Bob-Tach™ attachment mounting system. Choose from two models with cutting width of 71.5 and 89.5 inches.

Auger — Makes its living digging holes

Drill 6- to 42-inch-wide holes with a Bobcat auger attachment. An ideal solution for drilling new holes for fence posts. Quickly dig through the toughest soils with high-torque power. The auger attachment is available in five models and a variety of bits and teeth designs are available to best match ground conditions.

Backhoe — Let's start digging

Turn your Bobcat loader into a productive excavating machine with the backhoe attachment. Create trenches for new water, sewer or utility services. Maximum digging depths range from 6 to 11 feet. Rear stabilizers are available for certain models. When finished, remove the backhoe, add the bucket and quickly backfill your trench.

Bale fork — Dual tines love their bales

Easily move bales with the Bobcat bale fork attachment. The bale fork stabilizes and prevents bale rotation when transporting round, uneven or square bales. It mounts to standard or heavy-duty pallet fork attachment frames. Each tine is 40.8 inches in length.

Brushcat™ rotary cutter — Beware unwanted brush

When a job is too big for a mower, turn to the Brushcat rotary cutter. This aggressive attachment makes quick work of clearing brush, including saplings up to 3 inches thick. Five models are available with 60- and 72-inch cutting widths. Flotation linkage enables the deck to follow ground contours to maintain surface contact. Cuts in forward or reverse.

Grapple with utility fork — A sharp-looking combination

A Bobcat grapple with the utility fork is a great way to handle bundled material, loose straw and manure. Choose from seven fork sizes — 36 to 80 inches. Pair the utility fork with a grapple (two sizes) or construction / industrial bucket to hold more material.

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Eddie Velo on Keller loader

Eddie Velo on Keller loader.

The first attachment for compact loaders

Eddie Velo is pictured on the original Keller loader (with manure fork attachment), manufactured by brothers Cyril and Louis Keller. The brothers ran a blacksmith shop in Rothsay, Minn., and Velo approached them for help when he needed a better solution to remove manure from turkey barns. The Keller brothers built this loader and provided the attachment to remove the manure — the birth of the compact equipment and attachment industry. Read more about the history of compact equipment and Bobcat Company in the book titled Fifty Years of Opportunity 1958 – 2008.