Bobcat MT100 vs. Kubota SCL1000 Mini Track Loaders

Published on September 15, 2023

With a mini track loader, often referred to as a mini skid-steer or compact utility loader, you can tackle work in small spaces where other machines can't. Bobcat® mini track loaders are an ideal choice for first-time buyers or make a great addition to any landscaping, grounds maintenance, or construction equipment fleet. Replace manual labor, toss aside the hand tools and wheelbarrows and get more done in hard-to-access work areas. Every little thing counts when your goal is to get big production out of one mini track loader.   

In this comparison article the Bobcat MT100 mini track loader is compared to the Kubota SCL1000. 

Some of the key things to consider when choosing a mini track loader include operator controls and comfort to ensure ease of use and efficiency, lift capabilities to maximize productivity, serviceability to minimize downtime, and a variety of small features that make a great impact on your ability to get jobs done quickly, safely and accurately. 

Bobcat MT100 vs. Kubota SCL1000 

The Bobcat MT100 mini track loader and the Kubota SCL1000 both offer a rated operating capacity of 1,000 lb. and engine horsepower of 24.8. Let’s take a closer look at what sets these two mini track loaders apart. 

Joystick and Operation

Bobcat MT100 

The MT100 has mechanical joysticks which provide direct operator feedback and responsiveness.

Kubota SCL1000

The Kubota SCL1000 has pilot control joysticks with hose routings immediately below the operator area. 

Operator Station

Bobcat MT100

The operator station on the Bobcat MT100 is ergonomically designed to provide comfort and minimize operator fatigue. The Bobcat MT100 has unique reference bars that allow the operator to grip and stabilize their movements, creating smooth and gentle operation. Hip pads have a convenient space between them and are designed to provide comfort and support during operation. The hip pads are made of long-wearing weather resistant material.

Kubota SCL1000 

The SCL1000 has a T-bar control for machine maneuvering which can put undue stress on operators’ wrists and increase fatigue. The radiator is located just in front of the operator station, continuously pushing heat toward the operator’s legs and up near the joysticks toward the operator’s hands. This can be uncomfortable particularly in warmer weather, increasing operator fatigue. The pads are solid all the way across the operator’s front and can also be uncomfortable. 

Attachment Interface

Bobcat MT100 

The MT100 can be purchased with the unique Bob-Tach® mounting system, which has increased surface area and provides a secure connection to 24 approved attachments; including an auger, sweeper, stump grinder, soil conditioner, pallet forks, and more. Bobcat mini track loaders also have the option to be equipped with the Common Industry Interface (CII) to allow the owners to connect competitive attachments and increase the versatility of their machines. This is a benefit, especially if you have attachments from various manufacturers. 

Kubota SCL1000 

The Common Industry Interface (CII) offers connection to a variety of attachments from different manufacturers. While the CII allows for connection to competitive and OEM attachments, the connection locks in with rounded pins rather than wedge pins and is not wear compensating .

Multi-Function

The Bobcat MT100 is faster overall when completing a full cycle of lifting, dumping, then multifunctional lowering of the lift arms and curling the bucket back to the operator when compared to the Kubota SCL1000. This reduced cycle time increases productivity over the course of a workday.

Hydraulic Hoses Location 

Bobcat MT100

Hydraulic hoses are mounted within the lift arms of the MT100, providing protection from debris and keeping them out of the way and view of the operator.

Kubota SCL1000

Hydraulic hoses on the SCL1000 are within the lift arms lift arms toward the front of the machine, hoses are exposed near the operator area and have the potential to catch on branches or other material.  

Grease Points and Serviceability 

Bobcat MT100

The frequent checkpoints are conveniently mapped out beneath the hood and organized to ensure they are simple to find and accessible. The MT100 has 10 grease fittings, making it simple for operators to keep track of the grease points and lowering the risk of an operator forgetting a grease point. 

Kubota SCL1000 

Checkpoints are located near the radiator, for quick reference points. The SCL1000 has 16 grease points, over 50% more than the MT100. 

Pick the Right Mini Track Loader for You

Choosing the perfect mini track loader for your work comes with lots of considerations. Learn more about mini track loaders or connect with your local Bobcat dealer to learn more.