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Posted: 01/01/2016

Smarter Instrumentation

Quick access to vital machine information during operation is critical. Bobcat® compact (mini) excavators with the optional Deluxe Instrumentation panel put key functions at your fingertips. It’s also the industry’s only keyless start system, which includes up to eight programmable operator passwords. Caterpillar®, John Deere®, and Kubota® have some helpful features on their systems, but only Bobcat provides the industry’s smartest instrumentation. Watch the test to see for yourself.

Smarter Instrumentation Overview

Deluxe instrumentation overview video for Bobcat compact (mini) excavators.

Your excavator’s instrumentation is the knowledge center of your machine. It provides vital operating and maintenance information when you need it. A robust instrument panel should include a variety of useful features and make it easy to use them. For you, a better instrumentation system means easier operation and more efficiency.

Watch the Full Test

Deluxe instrumentation test video for Bobcat compact (mini) excavators.

Instrumentation on excavators may appear similar, but once you start looking into their functionality, you’ll see there’s a big difference in available features and usability. Which brand of compact excavator puts the most key functions at your fingertips? Watch the test results to find out.

Bobcat vs. Other Brands

Instrumentation features comparison of Bobcat vs Caterpillar vs John Deere vs Kubota compact (mini) excavators.

Test Results

Deluxe instrumentation on Bobcat compact (mini) excavators puts important data at your fingertips. A color instrumentation panel provides multiple functions, including diagnostics, attachment integration, maintenance status, and service interval reminders. It’s also the industry’s only keyless start system, which includes up to eight programmable operator passwords. While Caterpillar®, John Deere®, and Kubota® have some of these helpful features, no other manufacturer can match the functionality of Bobcat Deluxe Instrumentation.


Evaluate your machine performance, assess your costs and protect your investment with the handy instrumentation options on Bobcat compact excavators. The standard panel gives you essential data, while the optional deluxe instrumentation panel offers advanced capabilities.

Ergonomic Controls

Bobcat compact excavator (mini excavator) ergonomic controls.

Operator-friendly, ergonomic controls keep you productive all day long. Control attachments with precision, flexibility and low fatigue. Grade, level and backfill with less operator input. Head to the next jobsite using the one-hand travel control. Adjust the armrests for added comfort.

How We Test Equipment

Bobcat Advantage behind the scenes testing equipment video.

When you’re shopping for a new machine, it’s easy to compare specs. After all, that’s the best way to compare machines, right? Not quite. With specs, you’re only getting part of the story. They don’t measure real performance on your jobsite and that’s what matters most. It’s the reason we put top brands through the paces with fair, accurate, and repeatable tests. Watch to see how we developed the tests.

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