One million loaders
In 2014, Bobcat Company celebrates a major milestone: manufacturing one million Bobcat loaders
T650 loader with dozer blade
Since 1958 and the introduction of the world’s first compact loader to today’s state-of-the-art skid-steer loaders, there’s a unique story behind every loader and the customer who purchased it.
Bobcat Company and WorkSaver® magazine recognize the efforts of Bobcat customers and the work they’ve done with their loaders, highlighting individuals such as Leonard Seales, who has paved his own way as a contractor in South Florida, and has done so with Bobcat loaders and attachments. Look for more stories like this one in each WorkSaver issue in 2014, as Bobcat recognizes longtime owners of its equipment.
Major milestones in Bobcat history
Along the way to one million loaders, Bobcat Company reached many milestones that have, in turn, benefited customers and improved the way they work. These are some of the memorable milestones, not just with loaders, in the past 50-plus years of Bobcat compact equipment.
Ed Larson operates the M-400, the world's first four-wheel drive skid-steer loader.
1960:Invented the world’s first true skid-steer loader, the four-wheel-drive M400.
1962:The word “Bobcat” is selected to describe the machine’s attributes, and so begins the legacy of the brand name.
1970:Introduced the first attachment mounting system for skid-steer loaders, known today as the Bob-Tach® system, for simple attachment changes.
1977:Built the first skid-steer loader with no chain adjustments needed; still a Bobcat loader exclusive in 2014!
1981:New safety feature, the secondary restraint seat bar, is introduced.
1983:First skid-steer loaders with a transversely mounted engine; still a Bobcat loader exclusive in 2014!
1989:Introduced first compact excavator manufactured in the United States.
E35 with bucket and clamp
1999:First factory-installed air conditioning in loaders. Introduced compact track loaders.
1994:Introduced the Bobcat Interlock Control System (BICS) and award five U.S. patents for innovative technology in a safety system.
2001:The all-wheel steer loader made its debut — the first loader with all-wheel steer and skid-steer capabilities; still a Bobcat exclusive. Added mini track loaders to its loader line.
2003:Launched a brand-new compact equipment category with Toolcat™ utility work machines. Toolcat machines are still one of a kind.
2007:Introduced Bobcat loader radio remote control system, a Bobcat exclusive.
3650 utility vehicle with mower