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The resource center for everything Bobcat

Finding an information hub can be difficult. That's why we assembled this collection of videos, articles, checklists and more to give you the educational resources you need, from customer perspectives and product comparisons, to business advice and more.

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6 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Undercarriage

There’s a lot riding on the undercarriage of your compact excavator or compact track loader. Literally. Maintaining the undercarriage and its moving components is critical to efficient operation. Follow these tips to get better performance and life out of your undercarriage when working in a variety of applications.

Bobcat E35 R-Series compact excavator moving pipe with the pro clamp system

Top 10 Attachments in Your Industry

Different work requires different tools. We identified the top attachments in construction, landscaping, grounds maintenance and agriculture. Look at your industry list and see what companies like yours are using to boost their productivity.

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6 Tips for Choosing the Right Size Compact Track Loader

With so many sizes available, choosing the correct CTL model may seem overwhelming. But by understanding what each size of machine offers — as well as your own specific application requirements — you can easily match a machine to your business needs.

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New Trends in Compact Loader Design and Performance

Today’s loaders barely resemble the world’s first compact loader introduced by Bobcat Company more than 50 years ago. The latest models feature many enhancements you can see, and others that you’ll experience on the job.

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Small business owners take the time to create a vacation checklist

A vacation checklist to help small business owners get the time away they deserve

If you own a small business, it’s probably no surprise to you that less than 50 percent of small business owners take a vacation. And those who do often check in with the office at least once a day. (Sound familiar?) Yet study after study shows that taking time away from work is not only vital to your health and personal life, it can actually improve your performance on the job.

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Bobcat Working in the Heat

When it’s hot outside, it’s go time — and you can’t always escape the heat. If you’re lucky, you get to climb into your favorite piece of construction equipment and work in the air-conditioned cab. But if you’re out in the elements, you’d be wise to know how to stay safe when extreme heat strikes to avoid heat-related illnesses.

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Jobsite Showdown: Utility Vehicle vs. Utility Work Machine

When you’re in the market for a versatile piece of equipment to help you transport people, tools and materials, you have two options: utility vehicle or utility work machine. Both vehicles have advantages depending on the type of tasks you need it to perform.

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Bobcat UTV Handles Maintenance Tasks at Ohio Cemetery

There are numerous daily grounds projects to manage at the Wauseon Union Cemetery, and a compact, agile and comfortable vehicle was exactly what Scott Stiriz, grounds superintendent, needed to keep the property a peaceful, comfortable place to visit.

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Toolcat 5600 Makes a Versatile Ranch Hand

Mike Connell and his wife, Perk, wanted just one machine to handle a wide range of chores around their Wyoming ranch. They found it in a Toolcat™ 5600 utility work machine.

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Toolcat Helps Build a Respite for Those Less Fortunate

Situated just outside of Dothan, Alabama, (pop., 66,000) is a 350-acre expanse of dense woods, picturesque fields and pristine lakes that the owners, Dr. J. Paul Maddox and his wife, Linda, feel compelled to share with others.

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Who Uses Toolcat Utility Work Machines?

Ozark Striping is a road maintenance company that purchased a Toolcat™ 5600 from Bobcat of the Wiregrass in Dothan, Alabama, to assist with a variety of important jobs. One early assignment was transporting special tape used to cover temporary lane changes on roadway projects.

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Hundreds of Jobs — 2 Incredible Machines

The Toolcat™ 5600 and 5610 utility work machines can lift, haul and use more than 40 attachments to complete any job. In addition, the Toolcat 5610 has options for 3-point hitch, rear PTO and rear remote hydraulics. Both models provide unmatched ride, performance and versatility.

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Unmatched Versatility with 40+ Attachments

Toolcat™ utility work machines help you maximize your production and return on investment by connecting with more than 40 front-mounted attachments to eliminate the need to move from one machine to another to complete a variety of tasks.

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8 Key Features Keep You Comfortable on the Job

Hard work doesn’t mean you can’t work in comfort. The Toolcat™ utility work machines offer key comfort features plus easy-to-use controls to help you work longer and gain productivity in any weather.

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4-Wheel Drive — The Truth Is in the Test Drive

Not all utility vehicles are created equal. In a parking lot, vehicles may appear to handle and operate similarly. However, they might have completely different characteristics when you work, use attachments or drive on uneven surfaces.

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How to Evaluate Your Opportunity Costs

Large businesses can justify dedicated technicians, up-to-date tools, and ample shop space to maintenance machines and equipment. But smaller operations may assign that work to their machine operators to handle after hours with whatever tools and time they can find. It might offer short-term savings, but is doing your own maintenance really the most cost-efficient plan for your company?

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How to Safely Lift and Move Loads With an Excavator

Other than digging, one of the most frequent jobs performed by hydraulic excavators is lifting. Understanding your machine’s lifting capacity helps you to lift and move loads safely, and knowing what to check before you lift can help prevent injuries and downtime.

Four decades, one brand

Four decades, one brand

Forty-five years ago, entrepreneur Louis Duellman took someone’s advice to heart: purchase a Bobcat® skid-steer loader and go into business for himself. Today, Louis is 79 years old and can say it was one of the best decisions he ever made, paving the way for a long career that he has since turned over to his son, Paul.

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Attachments make it easy to deliver full service

John Rush, like tens of thousands of other Bobcat® compact equipment owners, depends on genuine Bobcat attachments to drive his business success. As the worldwide leader in manufacturing attachments — no one makes as many models or options as Bobcat Company.

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The Latest Loader Features You Can’t Live Without

When it comes to evaluating the pros and cons of a compact loader, a lot of people are tempted to give little notice to operator comfort. But industry experts say there are a lot of good business reasons to look for comfortable cabs.

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Loaders Backed by Legendary Bobcat Durability

When shopping for a new skid-steer or compact track loader, the loader’s quality and serviceability are major drivers of value, because they can maximize your uptime protection.

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Stay Agile with a Properly Balanced Loader

When you evaluate skid-steer loader performance, you may automatically assume that more horsepower equals higher capabilities and better results. While horsepower is a consideration, don’t overlook the critical area of machine weight balance.

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3 Jobs You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Your Compact Excavator

Compact excavators are great at what they’re built for — digging in confined spaces. But you may not know they perform a wide variety of tasks beyond excavation. Paired with the right attachments and a coupler system that allows for quick and easy exchanges, here are three.....

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Leasing Lowers Payments, Saves Money for Excavating Company

Leasing compact equipment is growing in popularity and can be an affordable option to traditional financing or buying compact equipment outright. Imperial Excavating is an established excavating company that has found success through the Bobcat PowerLease finance program offered.....

Ronald Cline

Why Utility Contractor Chooses Compact Excavator

For someone who says he quit learning in seventh grade, Ronald Cline certainly knows plenty about being a successful utility contractor. After 28 years in the business, he’s figured out what’s.....

Scott Wiese with a Bobcat Excavator

Making Quick Work Of Utility Projects

After the first 30 minutes, Scott Wiese was already comfortable operating his newest Bobcat® excavator — a mighty E85 — complementing a much smaller Zero Rail Swing 418. He had a good feel for what the smooth, powerful machine could do. Within a few days he was producing results.....

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New Revenue Ideas for Your Compact Excavator

Your compact excavator offers versatility far beyond digging jobs. With the right attachments, you could bid on jobs you may not have previously considered. Here are four jobs you could perform.....

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6 Measures of Compact Excavator Excellence

After almost a decade of operating compact excavators — either belonging to a former employer or rented — Rocky Wisley’s young company had enough business to purchase its own machine in 2012.....

Honc Marine Contracting

Reaching Beyond Seawalls

When the last recession hit, Honc Marine Contracting was strong enough to withstand a couple of lackluster years. Unfortunately, the bad economy continued for seven.....

Rotten Rock Hardscaping and Tree Service Inc.

Turning a Part-time Job into a Full-time Passion

With an unusual company name and one of the owners working 7,000 miles away half of the year, Rotten Rock Hardscaping and Tree Service Inc. is riding a five-year growth rate of 50 percent annually. The owners are doing it in a thoroughly modern way — relying heavily.....

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Cold Weather 101 Checklist

Ongoing improvements to engines and diesel fuel have helped reduce emissions and contributed to cleaner air. Today, we have cleaner and more efficient diesel engines in Bobcat® compact equipment. The High-Pressure Common-Rail (HPCR) technology used on our larger engines uses.....

Tier 4 Engine

The Bobcat Tier 4 Advantage

Bobcat loaders feature the Tier 4 Bobcat Engine, which includes a non-diesel particulate filter (non-DPF) engine solution where a filter is not used. In addition to eliminating the need for a DPF, the engines used in Bobcat Tier 4 loaders have 4 to 12 percent increase in torque over older models. This increase in torque is produced over a wide range of engine RPM.....

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Emissions Standards Resources

Tier 4 standards reduce emissions from a typical non-road diesel engine by up to two-thirds. Respiratory problems and disease caused by ozone and PM will decline – as will acid rain, crop damage and smog.....

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The Secrets to Unmatched Compact Excavator Comfort

Durability. Reliability. Versatility. Of course, those are priorities when choosing a compact excavator to improve your productivity. But comfort? For some, it’s last on the list. But think about it: The longer you can comfortably.....

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Interpreting the Specs to Find the Right Compact Excavator

When it comes to compact excavators, you’ll find that nearly all of the key specifications relate to the machine’s size, power or performance. Depending on the manufacturer, you’ll find a range of sizes, engine horsepower ratings, dig depths, dump heights and.....

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Top 7 Things to Look for When You Demo a Compact Excavator

So you’ve read the manufacturer’s literature, visited their website and pored over machine specs. Now, you’re at the dealership and ready to demo compact excavators. While you’re digging, pushing and lifting, what should you be paying.....

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Advanced Hydraulics Help Power Compact Excavators

The most important way to determine an excavator’s performance is to feel the balance between the hydraulic system and the engine horsepower. It’s the guts that determines the true performance.....

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Four Jobs This Clamp Does Better

Go beyond the capabilities of a typical hydraulic clamp attachment with the Pro Clamp™ system from Bobcat Company. The Pro Clamp™ system consists of a base component, standard pin-on work tool and optional.....

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Know the Basics: Compact Excavators 101

Compact excavators (sometimes called mini excavators) are classified as machines with an operating weight of 10 metric tons or less. They emerged in North America in the mid ‘80s and have grown tremendously in popularity. Compact excavators are versatile machines built for a simple purpose — fast, efficient trenching.....

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Rent vs. Buy: 10 Things You Need to Know

Buying a compact machine is a big commitment. There are several factors to help you decide whether buying or renting a machine makes the most sense, including jobsite needs, attachment versatility and — of course.....

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Excavator Q&A: How to Choose the Right Bucket

When you’re in the market for a compact excavator, the bucket is an important consideration. Compact excavator buckets come in a variety of sizes — choosing which is best for your environment and application can improve your machine’s performance and your productivity. So how do you find the bucket.....

Tier 4 Skid Steer Loader Engine

Bobcat Tier 4 Technologies

Every Bobcat® machine with 25.5 horsepower (hp) or more features a Tier 4 compliant engine. Built for uncompromised performance, increased fuel efficiency, and cleaner emissions, Bobcat Engines utilize unique technologies to achieve Tier 4 status. Plus, Bobcat’s proprietary.....

3600 Utility Vehicle

Protecting Your Utility Vehicle Investment

If you expect your utility machine to provide years of service, choosing a well-built, dependable machine is the most important decision you can make. Buying a machine built with high-quality components and features such as a liquid-cooled engine, automatic machine shutdown.....

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Utility Vehicles vs. Pickup Trucks

Pickups have long been the standard work vehicle, but utility vehicles offer unique advantages, like lower ownership costs, improved mobility and more. When you’re in the market for a second pickup for jobsite duties.....

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UTV vs. ATV

When you’re in the market for a do-it-all type of vehicle, you might want to consider the lineup of Bobcat® utility vehicles. In terms of bang for your buck, the balance of comfort, power, maneuverability and ruggedness.....

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Things to Look for When You Demo a Utility Vehicle

A utility vehicle might be the most productive and versatile vehicle you’ll ever own. With that in mind, it’s very important to evaluate a utility vehicle’s comfort, ease of use and safety. When you go to take a test drive, consider the tasks you perform most often, the gear.....

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Why Suspension Matters for Utility Machines

With advanced suspension technology, it’s no wonder how tough machines like the Toolcat™ 5600 and 5610 utility work machines can deliver such a smooth ride and outstanding performance.....

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Utility Vehicle Purchase Checklist

A new utility vehicle is a big purchase with a lot of considerations to keep in mind. A checklist reminding you of your top requirements and needs can help.....

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Do Two Jobs in One Pass

With the Toolcat™ 5610 utility work machine from Bobcat Company, one machine can simplify your day, thanks to front and rear attachments. It has options for a 3-point hitch, PTO and rear remote.....

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Nine Jobs for Your Compact Excavator

It’s no secret that compact excavators can dig. But Bobcat® compact excavators reach far beyond the traditional role of digging. And to prove it, here are nine jobs that might expand the way you think about how you.....

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Put Specs to the Test with a Jobsite Demo

When you’re shopping for an excavator, specs and promotional materials can help jump-start your research and narrow down your choices, but basing a purchase solely on a few numbers can be risky. Specs can be made to look good, and every manufacturer or salesperson.....

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Excavator Q&A: How to Choose the Right Compact Excavator

With compact excavators enjoying a recent spike in popularity, the lineup of available models is more diverse and expansive than ever. Today, manufacturers produce enough variety in their equipment to allow you to tailor your machine selection....

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Five Things to Consider Before Buying a Compact Excavator

Once you’ve determined that a compact excavator — also known as a mini excavator — is the right machine for you, the real work begins. It’s time to think about your business and how you’ll use the machine. But don’t let the terms “compact” or “mini” fool....

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Get to Know Compact Excavators

Compact excavators take advantage of distinct features to deliver maneuverability, power, lift capacity, versatility and reach.

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Improve Grade Accuracy with Bobcat Depth Check System

Achieve an accurate grade every time without leaving your cab using the Bobcat® depth check system. Efficient and easy to use, the Bobcat depth check system delivers accurate dig depth measurement for precision grading performance. It prevents.....

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How Easy Access Means Easy Maintenance

Because downtime costs money, it’s crucial to select equipment that provides easy access to engine components and routine maintenance items. When you can keep your excavator in good working order, you lower your operating costs and have the potential to make more.....

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Top Attachments for Compact Excavators

Traditionally known for their digging prowess, compact excavators have become a valuable addition to every equipment lineup. And when it comes to work, these attachment options make Bobcat® compact excavators the go-to choice for tough.....

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Protect Your Turf with Selectable Steering

Do you worry when you drive machines over manicured lawns, patios and driveways? Are you tired of damaging sensitive surfaces and spending precious time and money repairing.....

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Tailor One Machine to Fit All Your Needs

The key to any compact loader is simple: The more you use it, the more you get out of it. But how do you do more with your loader? The answer is simple: attachments increase versatility.....

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Features that Make Mini Track Loaders the Right Choice

For many owners and operators, a loader offers the best combination of performance, versatility and comfort. However, you may have unique needs that require a different machine. Perhaps you frequently work in confined areas that require.....

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Improve Productivity with Smart Technologies

Compact equipment manufacturers have recently introduced some of the most sweeping changes in decades. Advancements include operator friendly designs, higher performance levels, increased working capabilities, smarter data capacity.....

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4 Advantages of the Bobcat Roller Suspension System

You have many undercarriage options for a compact track loader. Each offers unique advantages for comfort, different job demands and your personal preferences. The Roller Suspension™ system from Bobcat offers an appealing.....

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What You Need to Know About an Undercarriage

Why do some skid-steer loaders bog down in soft or wet conditions, while Bobcat® loaders pass through without slowing down? More often than not, the loader’s undercarriage.....