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Compact Track Loaders / Performance Features

Selectable Joystick Control (SJC) – Loaders

Whether you're maneuvering your loader, operating attachments or pushing and lifting materials, control means everything. With Bobcat® Selectable Joystick Controls (SJC), available on most loader models, the power is in your hands. They're the most advanced joysticks on the market, engineered and built with technology and features to help you run your machine and attachments more efficiently than ever. They’re also the most reliable joysticks we’ve ever made.

Operator Controlling Bobcat Loader With Selectable Joystick Control

Ultimate Hand Control

Control is everything when you work long days on tough jobs. That's why the Selectable Joystick Control (SJC) features fingertip switches and selectable control pattern. Fingertip controls enable you to easily control numerous machine functions without letting go of the joysticks. Operate a planer, trencher or tree spade with ease, or control the angle functions on the soil conditioner, angle broom or grader. Selectable control pattern gives you further flexibility to choose between ISO or H-Pattern, satisfying different operators with the flip of a switch.

 

Overhead Shot Of Loader Operator With Both Hands On Selectable Joystick Controls

Increased Comfort

Get improved functionality without sacrificing ease of use. Controls are exactly where you expect them to be – at your fingertips. Plus, joysticks can be adjusted separately from the operator seat, making operation comfortable for anyone. Since the feet are free of controls with SJC, a standard foot throttle conveniently increases engine speed when needed. Because there's only one foot throttle, operators enjoy increased legroom inside the cab. An auto-idle function on machines equipped with Selectable Joystick Controls also reduces noise levels.

Jobsite Applications

Bobcat S590 On Construction Site Digging Into Dirt

Construction

Take advantage of speed management and steering drift compensation when using attachments that require consistent, slow travel speeds during operation, such as a trencher or planer. Horsepower management automatically adjusts your engine rpm to minimize stalling when digging into large piles of material.

 

Bobcat T550 Compact Track Loader With Brushcat Attachment Mowing Ditch

Grounds Maintenance

Use speed management to operate attachments that require a consistent speed, like snowblowers, mowers or sweepers. Fingertip controls give you easy access to functions on the angle broom, snow blade, tree spade and tiller.

Bobcat S450 Skid-Steer Loader Dumping Landscape Rock Onto Pile

Landscaping

For landscapers, horsepower management automatically adjusts your engine rpm to avoid stalling when digging into dirt, rocks and other heavy material. Using the Selectable Joystick Control, operators can make precise movements and have the attachment control needed for finish work around the jobsite.

Bobcat T550 Compact Track Loader Navigating Muddy Terrain

Agriculture

No matter which farm hand is managing the chores around the ag operation, Bobcat loader controls are easy to use and can be customized for different operators. Choose between ISO or H-Pattern with the flip of switch, or adjust the joysticks for personalized comfort.

Feature Details

These low-effort joysticks allow the operator to control all machine functions with their hands. This state-of-the-art system is also loaded with exclusive features that adapt the loader’s performance to specific job requirements.

Bobcat T550 Grading Driveway On Residential Construction Site

Speed Management

Simply “dial in” your required travel speed in small increments to match speed to your operation requirements and maximize attachment performance. Speed management provides a full range of joystick motion at a slower speed, giving you precise control of machine movements while maintaining maximum driveline torque and full hydraulic power.

Bobcat S510 Hauling Construction Material Across Jobsite

Horsepower Management

Horsepower management automatically adjusts the loader drive system to maximize pushing and digging power while minimizing your chance of stalling. Unlike with other anti-stall systems, you can obtain maximum engine and drive torque to match the toughest digging conditions. If you prefer to work without it, simply disengage with the push of a button.

 

Bobcat T595 With Landplane Attachment Leveling Ground On Worksite

Steering Drift Compensation

Steering drift compensation keeps your loader on a straight path as you side-shift certain attachments, such as a planer or trencher, that tend to pull the machine to one side. It's also beneficial when you operate on surfaces that cause the loader to gradually drift to the left or right, such as gradual slopes or crowned roads. Make fine steering adjustments to either side with the push of a button and stay on target.

Bobcat S510 Skid-Steer Loader Carrying Heavy Materials Across Crowded Construction Area

Drive Response Mode

Drive response mode allows you to choose how the drive responds to joystick movement. Whether you like a more gradual response; quick, instant feedback; or something in between, three different settings put you in control.

 

Compare Brands

There’s a huge difference between published specs and real-world testing. Bobcat Advantage® puts the industry’s top compact equipment brands in tough challenges to show you the differences. Objective tests and competitive comparisons measure Bobcat, Kubota®, Caterpillar®, Case® and New Holland® loaders.

Control At Your Fingertips

A video overview of a joystick control test from Bobcat.

Joystick controls help you work faster. With critical functions right at your fingertips, you have better command over your machine. While most loader manufacturers offer joystick controls, they’re not all created equal. Selectable Joystick Control (SJC) from Bobcat is the industry’s most advanced joystick system. Kubota, Caterpillar, Case and New Holland say they have advanced controls, but feature for feature nothing compares to Selectable Joystick Controls.