Bobcat Product Timeline

For those interested in statistics, the Keller brothers built seven loaders in 1957-58. In 1958-59, some 18 M60 Melroe loaders were built. Another 400 M200 Melroe loaders were built in 1959-60.

And of the world’s first skid-steer loader, the M400, there were 200 built from 1960 to 1962.
1962 marks the introduction of the M440 -- the first Bobcat-branded loader, white with red trim -- and two years later celebrates its 1000th loader. By 1969 the company builds its 10,000th loader.

Another decade later (1980) the company reaches its 100,000th loader milestone. In two more decades (2001), it hits the 500,000-loader mark. The growth was skyrocketing, and by 2008 the company celebrated number 750,000. Then in 2014 it hits the 1,000,000 loader milestone. Whew!

Over the course of six decades, from the first three-wheeled loader to today, there has been -- on average -- one Bobcat loader built every thirty minutes, every day, every week, every year.

However, since the 50th anniversary and 750,000th loader celebration in 2008, the pace is even more impressive: one loader built every 12.5 minutes!

Full History of Bobcat

Three-Wheeled Loaders

Skid-Steer Loaders: Early Years

Skid-Steer Loaders: New Breed

Skid-Steer Loaders: G-Series

Skid-Steer Loaders: M-Series

Skid-Steer Loaders: M2 Series


The S595 skid-steer loader has the highest-rated operating capacity (ROC) of any of the 500-series loaders in its lineup by boasting a 2,200-pound ROC. Operators can move more material in a shorter amount of time and get more work done in the same amount of time for increased productivity with the 74-horsepower skid-steer loader.

Compact (and Mini) Track Loaders

Compact Track Loaders: M-Series

Compact Track Loaders: M2-Series

Compact Excavators

Compact Excavators: M-Series

Compact Excavators: R-Series


Bobcat Company expanded its R-Series excavator lineup with the new E85, the largest machine in the company’s compact excavator family. The 8.5-ton E85 is part of the fastest-growing-size class of compact excavators in North America.


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 design, performance and comfort enhancements. 

Bobcat Compact Telehanders Timeline

Explore More About Bobcat's History

Corporate Timeline

Corporate Timeline

Bobcat’s founding values and track record of commitment to customers have stayed true for over six decades.

Branding and Trade Dress Timeline

Branding and Trade Dress Timeline

The evolution of the Bobcat brand.

The Bobcat Story

The Bobcat Story

Bobcat's rich history started in 1947 in Gwinner, North Dakota.