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Compare the Brands: Compact Excavators

We get it. Buying a new compact (mini) excavaor is a big comittment. And your search starts with the brand.

See how the Bobcat E35, E42 and E50 compact excavators compare to the competition. See head-to-head comparisons in lifting capacity and performance, cab space and operator comfort, maintenance and service access, and attachments.

 

 

Bobcat E35 33HP

Bobcat E35 vs. Cat 303.5E2-CR

If you’re comparing the Bobcat E35 to the Cat 303.5E2-CR mini excavator, here are the top things to know:

  • You get more dig depth and longer arm reach with the Bobcat E35 vs. the Cat 303.5E2-CR.
  • The E35 has 30% faster cycle times.
  • An in-track swing frame lets you work right up next to a wall in the E35 while the Cat model will bump into it.
  • Easy, intuitive controls make operating the Bobcat E35 a smooth, seamless experience; less so with the Cat model.
E42 Bobcat Mini Excavator Studio Shot

Bobcat E42 vs. Kubota KX040-4 Mini Excavator

If you’re comparing the Bobcat E42 to the Kubota KX040-4 mini excavator, here are the top things to know:

  • An in-track swing frame lets you dig closer to the wall in the Bobcat E42 vs. the Kubota – and it keeps you from punching a hole in the wall too.
  • You get more arm digging force from the Bobcat E42, plus three options for arm-length vs. one for Kubota.
  • The slim cab frame gives you excellent visibility in the Bobcat E42 vs. the narrower windows of the Kubota, and the Bobcat mini excavator cab has a roomier interior than the Kubota KX040-4.
  • Super-responsive controls make operating the Bobcat E42 feel like an extension of you, while the Kubota controls don’t.
E50 Bobcat Mini Excavator Studio Shot

Bobcat E50 vs. John Deere 50G Mini Excavator

If you’re comparing the Bobcat E50 to the John Deere 50G mini excavator, here are the top things to know:

  • You’ll get a lot more horsepower from the Bobcat E50 (49.7 hp) vs. the John Deere 50G (35.9 hp).
  • If you’re looking for brute strength, the Bobcat model has 15% more bucket digging force and 29% more arm digging force than the John Deere.
  • The Bobcat Pro-Clamp™ system makes it easy to grab objects of different shapes and sizes with your excavator. John Deere doesn’t offer it.
  • While the two machines have similar interior dimensions, the Bobcat E50 wins for floor space.