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Summer 2012

Bobcat Advantage videos for attachments

Now that you’ve had a chance to read about the many Bobcat attachments approved for tool carriers, it’s time to show you what really sets Bobcat apart from other brands.

Building on the success of the Bobcat Advantage video series for compact excavators and compact track loaders, Bobcat introduced 10 new Bobcat Advantage videos for attachments. The videos highlight the specifics of how Bobcat attachments are stronger, better built and higher quality than those of the competition.

While other brands may look the same, they certainly don’t perform the same. Bobcat Company’s engineering and design differences make Bobcat attachments perform better, last longer and maintain overall higher quality.

The following pages will show how Bobcat attachments perform in head-to-head comparisons with other brands.

Bobcat Advantage: Auger digging depth

Bobcat Advantage: Auger digging depth

Bobcat auger advantages

Video #1: Auger digging depth
All augers may look alike but Bobcat auger attachments have a distinct advantage over others. Bobcat augers can actually dig deeper because of a better design and geometry that allow the auger to penetrate deeper. In the test, the Bobcat auger was able to dig 7˝ inches deeper than other brands using the same bit. The reason is because other brands have a bumper that hits the ground and causes them to stop. The added dig depth allows for deeper footings, reaching more stable soil or digging below the frost line.

Bobcat Advantage: Auger maintenance

Bobcat Advantage: Auger maintenance

Video #2: Auger maintenance
Properly maintaining attachments will lengthen their life span and sustain their performance. Not all augers have the same maintenance schedule and intervals. Bobcat augers have an advantage over others with a direct drive motor that provides power to get the optimum balance between torque and RPM. Some other augers have a planetary drive system with higher operating costs and more maintenance needs. Additionally, there are fewer moving parts with Bobcat Company’s direct drive motor; other brands have gears that need service at shorter intervals.

Bobcat bucket advantages

Bobcat Advantage: Bucket backs

Bobcat Advantage: Bucket backs

Video #1: Bucket backs
Buckets are the most commonly used attachments for Bobcat compact equipment. Bucket strength lies in the back of the bucket. This area constantly has extreme pushing and lifting force exerted on it. The most critical areas for reinforcement are across the top and the Bob-Tach® attachment mounting system corners.

Bobcat buckets are built strong, in the right places. The differences in quality and strength are remarkable. Bobcat buckets have a top plate that extends almost the entire width of the bucket. Additionally, there is a second plate on the lower half. Bobcat uses a thick iron casting welded onto the double plate, and helps to spread the stress across a wider area. On the bottom of the quick-tach plate, Bobcat bends the Bob-Tach plate with more steel to create a more rigid backing.

Bobcat Advantage: Bucket bottoms

Bobcat Advantage: Bucket bottoms

Video #2: Bucket bottoms
Not all buckets are built the same. Bobcat Company knows that a flat cutting edge is critical to effectively cut a grade, flatten a work area or scrape material off hard surfaces. If a bucket bottom is not built well, it will flex too much and the cutting edge will permanently bow or “smile.” Bobcat manufactures the strongest bucket bottom with a unique waffle-plate design for added strength in high-stress areas.

Bobcat low-profile and construction/industrial buckets have a patented, reinforced waffle-plate bottom of corrugated steel — the same concept that has been used in bridge, culvert and tunnel design for years. Auto manufacturers use it in their pickup beds. In the case of Bobcat buckets, it adds more than five times rigidity to the design than a flat piece of steel. Corrugated steel also minimizes wear because the raised sections lead to less contact. A ripple design leaves a smoother finish when the operator is back-dragging, pulverizing the soil. Adding structure without adding weight to maximize the rated operating capacity of the bucket.

Other manufacturers try to reinforce their bucket bottoms with two, three or four skinny steel bars but they don’t reinforce the bottom to the edges like Bobcat buckets. The bars are more subject to surface wear than the corrugated design.

Bobcat Advantage: Bucket customization

Bobcat Advantage: Bucket customization

Video #3: Bucket customization
Bobcat offers the most options for buckets. Bobcat low-profile and construction/industrial buckets are easily customized with some simple tools. With Bobcat buckets, you can add teeth or a grapple with ease. As an example, a 68-inch low-profile bucket can accommodate bolt-on teeth, reversible bolt-on cutting edge, side or corner bolt-on cutting edges, bolt-on side guards, bucket spill guard, Bucket Bite™ tooth bar and utility grapple.

When compared to Bobcat buckets, the others hardly scratch the surface with options. Some other buckets have holes but they are not counter-sunk, so bolt heads scratch surface and wear away. In some cases, buckets have no holes at all and teeth need to be permanently welded.

Make sure your next bucket is a genuine Bobcat product. Check the bucket back to make sure it is stamped with an authentic Bobcat decal.

Bobcat industrial grapple advantages

Industrial grapple closing force

Bobcat Advantage: Industrial grapple closing force

Video #1: Industrial grapple closing force
A Bobcat industrial grapple available in bucket or fork bottom, can save operators hours of time and effort. The grapple secures bulky and uneven loads and keeps them in place until the loader carries them to their destination. The grapple’s tines do more than hold loads in place. The strong clamp force allows the machine’s power to bite into, secure and pull away stubborn material.

To measure the various brands of grapple’s closing force, Bobcat powered them with the same loader. Bobcat measured maximum grapple closing force by positioning a load cell attached to a tine in an identical position; the higher closing force the better. Bobcat repeated the same test with three other brands. The Bobcat grapple had more than two-and-a-half times more force than some brands.

Bobcat Advantage: Industrial grapple visibility

Bobcat Advantage: Industrial grapple visibility

Video #2: Industrial grapple visibility
Bobcat grapples offer better views for tasks such as sorting debris, securing odd-shaped objects and clamping tree limbs with tines. In this video, Bobcat demonstrates how finessing a piece of debris close to a building requires good sight lines. Some grapple designs have confined views, but not Bobcat grapples.

The test demonstrates placing a barrel under a fire hydrant mounted on a building. With the grapple open, the operator is instructed to stop moving forward when the fire hydrant is no longer visible. Some brands required the operator to stop as much as 47 inches from the barrel. The Bobcat grapple has no problem getting close to the building without damaging the hydrant. Bobcat grapples provide the best visibility for improved operator productivity.

Bobcat soil conditioner advantages

Bobcat Advantage: Soil conditioner design/quality

Bobcat Advantage: Soil conditioner design/quality

Video #1: Soil conditioner design/quality
Bobcat soil conditioners are among the most popular attachments for grading a yard, cutting a swale or preparing a seedbed. Soil conditioners separate rocks and debris; grade, level, fill and pulverize clumps of dirt; and tear out old sod.

Bobcat soil conditioners are built tougher and require less maintenance. They have a larger displacement motor with direct drive and no chains like other brands do, and they’re protected by a seal guard to keep out dirt and dust. Competitors rely on grease to keep dirt and dust out of their soil conditioner bearings.

Bobcat soil conditioners have frames with a large pivot pin, which is a key load-bearing point and fully welded frame for greater strength. Competitive frames have U-bolts and fewer welds that are not as strong. A competitive bolster frame is attached with a U-bolt and a smaller shaft supports a smaller pneumatic tire. Problems arise with competitive soil conditioners and their chain drives. Other brands add more time and mess to every inspection, and chain idlers and rollers are plastic.

Simple maintenance can be completed with a grease gun.

Bobcat Advantage: Soil conditioner performance

Bobcat Advantage: Soil conditioner performance

Video #2: Soil conditioner performance
Bobcat soil conditioner angle movements are integrated with the skid-steer or compact track loader controls. To use angle controls with another brand, it require wires to be strung from the attachment into the cab to a switch that is mounted in the cab. Then, wires are weaved through the window, back to the battery and clamped to it. To use the competitor’s angle controls, the operator has to remove his hand from the controls to reach the switch.

Operators of other brands must stop the machine and get out to manually adjust the soil conditioner’s depth control. Bolster wheels are closer to the drum and you can’t carry as much material.

Bobcat soil conditioners offer increased front wheel oscillation to help angle and tilt to create swales and slopes, for lifting and tilting the attachment. Optional hydraulic depth control and angle are available for better grade control. A longer, wider bolster design makes it easier for material to enter between wheels and the drum, providing better grade control. Foam-filled tires eliminate flat tires, and they’re not available on other brands.