Profile: Bobcat compact tractors

Bobcat offers a wide range of machinery including tractors and telescopic handlers that cater to a variety of industries such as construction, agriculture, landscaping, councils, and more

The compact tractors have a high-quality, sturdy build

Bobcat was established back in 1958 after the founders invented the first-ever compact loader, and it soon became a hit. In fact, the original compact loader was designed to help a turkey farmer clean his livestock pens and stalls.

While it has significantly expanded its offerings over the last 60 years, Bobcat applies its ‘one tough animal’ principle to everything it makes and sells, ensuring each piece of equipment is built to work and built to last.

As with all the Bobcat-branded equipment, the compact tractors have a high-quality, sturdy build. The current model range available in New Zealand features a three-and four-cylinder diesel engine ranging from 26hp to 55hp and hydrostatic transmissions.

One of the drawcards of the Bobcat tractors is the number of features that come standard with most machines such as cruise control, linked pedal, industrial-spec tyres, loader with 4-in-1 bucket, integrated joystick, and adjustable suspension seat.

In addition to front-end loader work, the tractors can be used for a variety of other jobs, such as mowing, slashing, raking, grading, and even digging with
a backhoe attachment, thanks to a three-point hitch, rear hydraulics, and rear PTO, which again all come standard.

Bobcat tractors can be used for a variety of jobs

Featuring a two-pedal design and hydrostatic transmission, driving the tractors couldn’t be easier. Operators do not need any prior experience driving tractors or any kind of machinery to be able to operate the Bobcat, meaning anyone at home can hop on and lend a hand around the farm or lifestyle block.

Driving the tractors is not only easy but also smooth and comfortable. Power steering provides effortless driving and helps to reduce operator fatigue and forward and reverse is controlled via foot pedals on the floor. This coupled with tight turning radiuses allows operators to drive the tractor through gates and around poles, trees, and buildings with ease.

The hydrostatic transmissions operate just like an automatic vehicle, and operators only need to stop when they want to change range. This makes it great for loader or mower work when you need to go back and forth repetitively.

The loader joystick, which comes standard on all models, lets you control the loader movements effortlessly and with its position on the right side of the operator, frees up the left hand to steer and the feet to control forward and reverse, making for very ergonomic operation.

All models come standard with a foldable ROPS frame and industrial tyres, however, there are two other tyre options to choose from, including turf tyres for less disturbance on the green as well as agricultural tyres with deep lugs that deliver more traction when pulling heavier implements.

Additionally, to the standard offerings, which are already plentiful, Bobcat offers a range of options for the compact tractors, including front weights, sun canopy, mid-PTO kit, rear weight, toolbox, rear-view mirror kit, and more.

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Maintenance on the entire Bobcat tractor range is simple and cost-effective. The servicing points are all easily accessible via one side of the machine under the one-piece engine hood.

Clark Equipment NZ Ltd is also offering a five-year or 5000-hour non-commercial warranty on all of its Bobcat compact tractors.

Bobcat’s compact tractors are built for work but are also fun to drive around. With ease of operation, build quality, premium feature offering and warranty backing, the Bobcat compact tractors are an appealing option and might just be the machine you need to get the job done.

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