Fast Attachment Changes: Bobcat vs. Other Loader Brands
Fast and easy attachment changes are necessary to keep up jobsite productivity at peak performance. The best solution is our optional Power Bob-Tach mounting system. It’s easy to operate. Once you’ve lined up, simply press the switch to engage the wedges into the attachment. Our superior design makes it easy to see whether they are up or down. Plus, the large levers can be used manually for those tough connections. The concept of our original design has been copied by others, but when you compare them side-by-side, it’s easy to see that Bobcat gives you the best view and visual indication that the wedges are down. Let’s look at how each loader stacks up. First up, is Caterpillar. For starters, there are no visible indicators that tell you whether the attachment wedges are engaged or disengaged. They are powered by a single electric motor. A noise alerts you that the wedges have stopped moving. That could mean it’s at the end of the operating stroke, or that the pin might be stuck because debris has gotten in the engagement area. If the pin is stuck, you’ll need your toolbox and a lot of time. Also look at the poor visibility to the wedges and cylinders. You have to lean forward to see the top of them because the loader arm blocks the view. With the seat back, you can roll through the entire tilt cycle without seeing anything. That makes it hard to hook up attachments. And the closed design will allow clumps of dirt, rocks, ice or snow to get jammed into these small spaces. Now the Power Bob-Tach on Bobcat loaders is a simple and effective design that uses one strong cylinder for fewer hoses and better durability. But the visibility from the cab is the biggest difference from the others. The long levers are easy to see if the wedges are open or closed. And they give you manual leverage in case anything causes them to stick. The open design also help shed debris to minimize time spent on cleaning out small pocket areas. Kubota has done a good job of trying to duplicate the Bobcat system. They use similar single hydraulic cylinder. But the difference is, they use a shorter engagement pin lever and an awkward placement of the rocker switch to engage or disengage the pins. With the Case and New Holland system, the cab visibility is obstructed due to the massive windshield wiper. This operator must lean far forward to get a clear view, free from obstructions while changing attachments. They use a rod as an indicator because the engagement area is locked. And without pin engagement levers, there is no easy way to manually release or engage them. When an operator wants to properly release the pins for the interface system, it requires a two-step process. This process is awkward. It requires the operator to first press and hold the rocker switch with his left hand, while using the switch on the right joystick to engage the pins. It’s complicated and slows down productivity when changing attachments. More than 45 years ago, Bobcat Company revolutionized the industry when it invented the first Bob-Tach system. And we’ve continued to improve it with the Power Bob-Tach. Swap attachments faster. It’s another Bobcat Advantage.