Compact Excavators: Operator-Friendly Controls

Operator-friendly controls in Bobcat compact (mini) excavators are designed for simplicity, flexibility, and maximum productivity. Whether you’re digging, backfilling, or operating an attachment that requires secondary hydraulics, you’ll notice that the joysticks, travel control pedals, and attachment controls have been designed to keep you productive all day long. 

Features & Benefits

Compact (mini) excavator joystick controls.

Hydraulic Joystick Control

Hydraulic joystick control on Bobcat compact (mini) excavators delivers smooth, fluid operation and increased efficiency. Available on some models.

Bobcat compact (mini) excavator seat and joystick controls.

Fingertip Auxiliary Hydraulic Controls

The auxiliary hydraulic controls are at your fingertips, providing precision control and low-fatigue operation. Variable flow allows you to control the attachment speed and precisely move a clamp. Detent provides continuous flow for attachments such as augers and plate compactors.

Operator using joystick controls in a Bobcat compact (mini) excavator.

Secondary Auxiliary Thumb Toggle

A secondary auxiliary thumb toggle lets you switch between the second auxiliary and the boom-offset without letting go of the joystick. You don’t have to stop what you are doing to search for the switch as it is located at your fingertips on the left joystick.

Bobcat Compact Excavator Joystick Controls

Soft Grip Joysticks

You can feel the quality at your fingertips, as the joysticks on Bobcat excavators are designed to feel better in your hands and provide effortless control to the workgroup. They’re made from soft-touch materials that provide lasting comfort.

In-Cab Pattern Selector

Access to the pattern control selector is easier than ever. The easy-access location lets you choose between ISO and Standard patterns without leaving the operator’s seat. No keys or special tools are required.

Bobcat E35 compact (mini) excavator and angle blade.

Blade Float

Blade float - available on some models - exerts a minimal, consistent down-force on the blade without operator input, making leveling and back dragging quick and easy.

Compact Excavator Speed Control Knob

Rotary Speed Control Knob

Make throttle adjustments with an easy-to-use rotary knob. Available on some models - it provides precise control and adjusts easier than a lever.

Compact (mini) excavator foot pedals.

Fold-Up Travel Pedals

When you’re traveling, use the pedals to control your speed with precision. When you’re working, fold them up to increase foot room. Available on some models.


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