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Spring 2014

Mini track loader is assigned to every job

An Arkansas tree care specialist takes his Bobcat MT52 with him to replace tasks previously done by hand with shovels and wheelbarrows

Tree Docs owner Thomas Treadwell
takes safety seriously. He wears
a Petzl safety helmet and ear
protection at his tree care jobsites.

Tree Docs owner Thomas Treadwell takes safety seriously. He wears a Petzl safety helmet and ear protection at his tree care jobsites.

The first day tree care professional Thomas Treadwell owned a Bobcat® mini track loader was the last day he ever doubted the value of the machine.

“I took it to a tornado clean-up job where I had to deal with an oak tree that was about 10.5 feet in circumference and was lodged deep into the side of a house, with much of the root system still in the ground,” he says. “Using my MT52 and bucket, I removed the tree from the house and pushed it about 15 feet with half of the root ball still in the ground. I set the tree down and cut it up. And then I asked myself, ‘Where has the mini track loader been all my life?’”

That was about three years ago, and ever since the certified arborist and owner of Tree Docs , Little Rock, Ark. has operated his MT52 to work efficiently in not only the tree business, but also affiliated areas such as landscaping and storm damage cleanup. He’s also used it to remove driveways and help demolish homes.

“I take the mini track loader to every job,” Treadwell says. “It allows me to do more professional work and complete the project faster without a lot of backbreaking labor. Plus, when I am at a jobsite, others see what I can do with the MT52, so it is not unusual to pick up additional work.”

His hardworking MT52 has a 20-horsepower engine and a rated operating capacity of 520 pounds. “I’ve tried all the mini track loader brands,” Treadwell says. “The Bobcat mini track loader is hands down the best.”

Right-sized

Treadwell figures that 90 percent of his tree work is in locations that are difficult to reach. The MT52 is able to access backyards through gates as narrow as 36 inches wide, so hauling away brush and tree limbs with the Bobcat grapple attachment is fast and easy, with much less chance of employee injuries. “For anyone in the tree business, a mini track loader can help create a safer work environment,” he says.

In order to expand the reach of his business, Treadwell recently added a Bobcat SG30 stump grinder and now he can offer all-inclusive tree services. “That’s important in today’s very competitive tree care market,” Treadwell says. “The more you can do, the better your chances of building the business. A lot of people have no idea of the variety and volume of work you can get done with a mini track loader. I certainly do.”