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Depth Check System – Compact Excavators

The depth check system from Bobcat® accurately measures depth and grade without exiting your compact excavator. Avoid the need for someone to manually check the grade or depth with a tape measure or "stick" receiver, and eliminate the need to set up laser equipment for smaller excavation jobs. Because the system prevents under-digging and over-digging, you reduce time spent adjusting work already done.

Feature Details

Multiple Applications

Bobcat compact (mini) excavator cab featuring the depth check system.
  • Trenching utility lines
  • Placing drainage ditches
  • Digging basements
  • Installing sewer lines and drain fields
  • Site preparation for footings or pads

It is compatible with standard arm and long arm configurations, but cannot be used with the extendable arm option.

Easy Operation

 Bobcat depth check system for Bobcat compact (mini) excavators.

Utilizing sensors that detect the exact position of the bucket's teeth, the Bobcat depth check system allows operators to set a desired digging depth and work against that benchmark. Each of the compatible instrumentation and display options continually reference the current and desired depths, while audible alerts indicate whether the operator is approaching the target, at the target or beyond the target.

Instrumentation Panel & Display Integration

Bobcat depth check system inside a compact (mini) excavator cab.

Unlike other systems, the Bobcat depth check system integrates with the Bobcat Deluxe Instrumentation panel and displays. This offers simple operation and eliminates the need for an add-on display monitor inside your excavator cab. The system includes three position sensors (boom, arm and bucket) with required harnesses. The wired system reduces lag time with no batteries to replace.

Depth Check Ready Models

E50 Mini Excavator Using Depth Check To Trench

R2-Series compact excavator models are depth check ready – approved and ready for the optional Bobcat depth check accessory kit for compact (mini) excavators. These models are designed to accept all depth check system components. Depth check functions are integrated with your display or the optional Touch Display. This simple, durable kit is wired, so job conditions or wireless signal loss never interfere with your digging accuracy.

Optional Laser Receiver

Bobcat compact (mini) excavator arm and optional laser receiver for the depth check system.

On larger jobsites, an optional laser receiver offers operators greater flexibility to move around, benching off of a laser signal rather than a fixed grade point. It's compatible with optional CR600 and BLR 2 laser receivers.

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Faster Depth Checks

Bobcat Advantage video featuring the depth check system in Bobcat compact (mini) excavators.

If you’re over-digging or under-digging, you’re wasting valuable time. That’s why Bobcat® developed the first depth check system for compact equipment. You won’t find this feature on Caterpillar®, John Deere®, or Kubota® compact (mini) excavators. With it, you’ll spend less time checking your depth and more time digging. It’s just another way Bobcat makes your job easier and quicker.

How To: Use the Depth Check System

Watch these videos to learn how to use a depth check system and some helpful best practices.

How It Works

Video summary of the Bobcat depth check system.

Get a brief overview of the depth check system and basic operation tips. You’ll also learn how to set benchmarks and target depths, which are key steps in preventing overdigging and underdigging.

Set Up For Minimal Cover Jobs

Depth Check Minimum Cover Application

Learn how to set up the depth check system for minimal cover jobs.

Depth Check for Sustaining a Grade

Depth Check Sustaining Grade

Learn how to set up the depth check system to sustain a grade, such as inside a trench.

Sustaining a Grade with a Laser

Depth Check Sustaining Grade with Laser

Learn how to set up the depth check system to sustain a grade with a laser accessory, such as a beacon.