Bobcat: 50 Years Of Skid-Steer Loaders

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | August 2008 Vol. 63 No. 8
Cyril Keller, co-inventor of the compact loaders, is shown using the original Melroe skid-steer loader for a marketing demonstra

"From the time I began making field trips until now," he says, "Customers are very pleased to see someone from the factory who isn't trying to sell them something. It's fun and interesting to talk to these guys. They are the ones who are really knowledgeable about the industry. To support and raise their families, send their kids to school, and pay their employees, they depend on our products. That's a pretty good reason to listen to what they have to say – you know what they are telling you is important to them."

Today, there are Bobcat brand products in nine basic equipment categories with more than 50 models and some 80 different types of attachments with more than 400 available models.

Even so, the venerable Bobcat skid steer load is the machine most equipment people think of when they hear the Bobcat name.

And no wonder – nearly half of the skid steers ever made in the world carry the Bobcat brand.