Your equipment is built tough, but some forestry work requires added protection for the machine and the operator to prevent machine damage and keep operators safe. Enter the forestry application kit. This kit contains components necessary to guard the operator and your machine against flying forestry debris and jill-poke hazards that can get pushed into cab openings or components.
The kit includes:
Level II Falling Objects Protective Structure (FOPS)
A level II FOPS system, which meets ISO 3449 testing, helps protect the operator and cab during overhead work by minimizing the impact from trees and other heavy falling objects. A level II FOPS system is available for both compact loaders and mini excavators.
Polycarbonate Doors and Windows
Replacing standard top, rear and side windows with ¼-inch- to ½-inch-thick polycarbonate provides extra protection from flying debris without sacrificing visibility. Adding a ¾-inch-thick laminated polycarbonate forestry door supplies a tougher defense than a loader’s standard 6mm-thick glass door. An emergency exit feature allows the door to be removed if needed.
The forestry application kit includes several guards to protect machine components from forestry debris and dust. Hydraulic quick coupler guards defend your loader’s couplers, hoses and wire harness from falling trees and branches. A muffler guard protects your tailpipe from damage while also reducing material buildup in the engine compartment. Front and rear light guards protect loader lights from being damaged by sticks and other flying debris.
Engine Compartment Seal Kit
By adding a gasket to each engine compartment opening, the engine compartment seal kit – available on select models – prevents debris such as wood chips and sawdust from entering and causing expensive damage.
The accumulation of flammable material, such as twigs, leaves and wood chips, inside the machine can cause a fire hazard if not properly maintained. Mounting a fire extinguisher inside the cab allows the operator to quickly reach it during an emergency.
While each item in the forestry kit can be purchased separately, you’ll save money and gain peace of mind by bundling all the correct components together. Remember that some Bobcat® forestry attachments – including the forestry cutter attachment, which can throw debris within 300 feet or more, some of it directed back at the operator – require a complete forestry kit installation before operation.
Your local Bobcat dealer can help you order and install the right forestry kit for your loader model, whether you’re having your loader outfitted with a kit straight from the factory or adding it after-market.
Note that the kit is only available for loaders, but there is a FOPS system available for mini excavators. Because the kit is time-consuming to take on and off, you should plan to keep the forestry kit on your loader once installed. The kit won’t impact your machine’s ability to work on other tasks, but it will add a few inches to its height. Keep this in mind if you work in areas with low overhead clearance.