The Bobcat brand is known worldwide, initially for the skid-steer loader that started to carry the Bobcat name in 1962. Today, there are countless other types of compact equipment that carry the Bobcat brand. See how the brand and product trade dress have changed over 60 years.
The all-new, next-generation R-Series E32 and E35 excavators are introduced. The R-Series excavators in the popular 3- to 4- ton size class feature a bold, distinct design, performance and comfort enhancements.
M2-Series loaders now have new, larger model decals for improved readability. Larger decals can more easily be seen from a distance to help identify model numbers, which can be useful on large jobsites or areas where multiple loaders are working.
The Millionth Bobcat loader sports this special edition decal and customization.
Celebrating the 750,000th Bobcat loader, two special edition loaders are built with commemorative branding.
To mark the production of the 500,000th Bobcat loader, a special gold version of the logo is created.
An updated version of the Bobcat logo is created when corporate parent Ingersoll Rand updates its identity system. The 23-year-old cathead symbol remains, but the logotype uses the font family Impact Bold Condensed.
In Ingersoll-Rand’s attempt to tie together its various sub-brands under a new IR symbol, designers create an “IR Bobcat” logo. Used on the loader tailgate and elsewhere, the design is dropped after just a couple of years in favor of the Bobcat logo, which has a stronger brand identity.
New owner Ingersoll Rand adds the words, “Ingersoll Rand” to the tailgate.
A new Bobcat logo is created to accompany the “New Breed” 30 Series loaders. The logotype is made with a popular font in that era, Bauhaus Bold. The stylized cathead symbol has been unchanged ever since.
Clark logo is added to Bobcat machines to reflect the company affiliation with parent Clark Equipment Company.
Meet the “Melroe Bobcat.” After a complete redesign of the original Melroe loader, it is reintroduced as the M440 Melroe Bobcat skid-steer loader, with its white paint and red trim color. The logo won’t change again until 1977.
M400 sports a decal featuring both the Melroe oval and the Farmhand brand. For a few years, the Melroe brothers utilized the Farmhand dealers to broaden its Midwest distribution network.
Melroe logo is used on the M60 and M200 Melroe self-propelled loaders, as well as on the Melroe agricultural products.
The oval Melroe logo is used on products starting with the founding of Melroe Manufacturing Company.
Bobcat’s founding values and track record of commitment to customers have stayed true for over six decades.
See how Bobcat products have evolved over time.
Bobcat's rich history started in 1947 in Gwinner, North Dakota.