Bobcat Company

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

It’s hard to believe that a little more than a decade ago, compact excavators were basically unknown in the United States. Long popular in Europe and Asia because their compact size allowed them to work in small areas of large, congested cities, the first Japanese compact excavators that began appearing on American job sites brought curiosity, even amusement, and their potential was not at first recognized.

Compact track loaders from John Deere, Komatsu, Caterpillar, Ditch Witch, Bobcat, Kubota Tractor Corp., Case and New Holland.

The new Bobcat rock buckets make quick and easy work of removing objects from the soil, sorting or sifting material and removing debris.

Louis Keller, 87, of Edgeley, ND, died July 11. Keller and his brother, Cyril, invented the skid-steer loader, which in 1958 was bought by the Melroe Manufacturing Co., Gwinner, ND, which would later become the Bobcat Co. More than 750,000 Bobcat skid-steer loaders have been produced.

When Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment acquired Bobcat Company in 2007, many wondered how the long-distance relationship with the South Korean manufacturing giant would work out. Now, almost three years later, the answer is clear. Bobcat is reinvigorated and aggressively improving their equipment while continuing to expand the product lines.

The 324 compact excavator is a conventional tail swing unit in the 1.5-ton operating class. Its boom cylinder is attached to the top of the boom instead of the bottom, giving it more protection from damage while digging.

The E35 is a zero tail swing (ZTS) model gives unrestricted rotation and greater flexibility when you work close to objects or walls.

The new M-Series S650 skid-steer loader and T650 compact track loader are now available for order through local Bobcat dealerships.

The new M-Series excavators are re-engineered to deliver increased performance in a lighter machine.

New products from Bobcat, GSSI, Spectronics, GF Piping Systems, Volvo and ISCO.

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