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Early Spring HOWA 2009

Independence for Acreage Owner

Homeowner maintains acreage with Bobcat A300 and attachments

Even though Greg Johnson uses a wheelchair for his day-to-day activities, independence is one thing he refuses to give up. Johnson, 33, has used a wheelchair for the past 20 years after he was injured in an auto accident that left him permanently disabled. The disability hasn't stopped his desire to maintain his independence. That includes operating a Bobcat® loader without assistance.

Acreage owner Greg Johnson maintains his independence with some help from his Bobcat A300 all-wheel steer loader.

Research leads to the Bobcat brand

Johnson purchased a Bobcat loader to help him maintain 48 acres that he owns near Xenia, Ohio. Coming from a family that had not previously owned compact equipment, Johnson researched and selected a Bobcat skid-steer loader with a Brushcat™ rotary cutter to mow his property.

"I knew that Bobcat loaders had been around longer than anyone else and that it was a better piece of equipment," Johnson says. "I didn't even consider the competition when I bought my first loader, nor when I upgraded to an A300."

Sold on A300's all-wheel steer

Hoping to upgrade from his 863 loader, Johnson read about the A300 all-wheel steer loader in WorkSaver® magazine, and contacted a salesman at Bobcat of Dayton for a demonstration.

"My salesman brought me an A300 and because it had the dedicated hand controls, an enclosed cab with air conditioning and the Power Bob-Tach™ system," he says, "I was immediately sold. The all-wheel steer feature is much easier for me to operate, especially when I'm using the rotary cutter to clear my property. The loader and rotary cutter make smoother, easier turns without tearing up the ground."

Joystick controls on the Bobcat A300 enable Greg Johnson to easily operate the Bobcat loader and attachments on his property. The Power Bob-Tach attachment mounting system allows Johnson to switch between non-hydraulic powered attachments without leaving the cab.

Enclosed cab enhances operator comfort

The enclosed cab on the A300 keeps Johnson away from poison ivy, which he says was another big reason he selected the new model. The feature comes in handy in the winter when Johnson clears his driveway with the A300 and a bucket. He bought two buckets — one with a smooth edge and one with teeth — to match his year-round needs. The Power Bob-Tach system eliminates the need to get out of the cab to change buckets.

Being restricted to a wheelchair hasn't prevented Johnson from playing sports, which happens to be one of his favorite hobbies. "I've played basketball for about ten years," he says. "I enjoy it the most. I've played tennis and ice hockey too. The only difference in tennis is I'm allowed two bounces of the ball."

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