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Summer 2013

Do more than dig

Nine jobs you may not know you can do with a Bobcat compact excavator

E50 excavator with grading bucket

E50 excavator with grading bucket

Itís common knowledge that you can dig with your Bobcatģ compact excavator, and thank goodness for that! Traditional excavating keeps thousands of construction contractors employed on jobsites every day. However, compact excavators have built-in versatility and business expansion opportunities you may not have considered.

Your Bobcat compact excavator offers remarkable utility far beyond its conventional role. With the right attachments and a coupler system that allows for quick and easy exchanges, here are nine tasks you probably didnít know you could perform with an excavator:


E42 excavator with hydraulic breaker

E42 excavator with hydraulic breaker

A Bobcat excavator with an angle blade transforms into a rough or finish grader, as well as a backfilling and leveling machine without forming dirt windrows. A grading bucket can cut swales and shape contours for drainage projects. Combined with the PowerTiltģ or Hydra-Tiltô swing accessories, buckets gain significant range of motion for improved precision.

Breaking concrete

Excavators are perfectly suited for demolition work. Armed with a Bobcat hydraulic breaker, operators can demolish concrete and asphalt driveways, sidewalks, trails, paths and swimming pools. This powerful combination can reduce small vertical structures, such as old buildings and retaining walls, into manageable chunks.

Clearing and loading

E35 excavator with auger

E35 excavator with auger

In areas targeted for development, Bobcat excavators can improve properties by leveling dead or fallen trees and removing underbrush. Versatile attachments such as buckets with teeth, clamps, three-tine grapples and rotating grapples can grab, pull and drag saplings and rooted undergrowth, as well as sort and load trucks. For longer reaches into the woods or truck beds, the telescoping Bobcat extendable-arm option provides additional reach.

Drilling holes

Install fence posts, piers and poles, or plant trees and other vegetation quickly with a Bobcat auger. Increase your accuracy and convenience when digging footings for buildings, houses, decks and other structures.


When recreating an outdoor environment, building an elaborate hardscape or constructing retaining walls, compact excavators with rotating grapples provide the grasp and precision. Their wrist-like flexibility allows operators to dig square holes, load/unload and sort material, move vegetation and pavers, and place landscape boulders. Three-tine grapples paired with a clamp are perfect solutions for handling timbers or other dimensional lumber.


Excavator with rotating grapple

Excavator with rotating grapple

An excavator can be fitted with a plate compactor or a packer wheel attachment to compact the fill. These two attachments can eliminate placing workers in a trench to do hand-operated compaction or managing a walk-behind unit above ground to close up a trench.


Prepping a site for paving or planting could be done with your excavator fitted with a ripper to penetrate and scarify frost or hard ground.


Excavator with ripper attachment

Excavator with ripper attachment

Adding a trencher attachment to an excavator creates a productive dual-capacity machine for utility or irrigation system installation. Create a trench up to 2 feet deep and 4 to 8 inches wide with a Bobcat excavator and MX112 trencher.


Excavators are ideal for loading/unloading trucks containing heavy items such as septic tanks. They can also replace tractor loader backhoes on horizontal directional drilling projects to lift and hold components into place for bore hole entry.