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Finding an information hub can be difficult. That's why we assembled this collection of videos, articles, checklists and more to give you the educational resources you need, from customer perspectives and product comparisons, to business advice and more.

Bobcat compact tractor with front-end loader implement.

Your Compact Tractor Questions, Answered    

Compact tractors are do-it-all machines designed to solve the unique challenges of acreage owners, hobby farmers or anyone maintaining land. Get the answers to your most frequently asked questions about this versatile machine.

Ronald Cline

Why Utility Contractor Chooses Compact Excavator

For someone who says he quit learning in seventh grade, Ronald Cline certainly knows plenty about being a successful utility contractor. After 28 years in the business, he’s figured out what’s.....


3 Jobs You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Your Compact Excavator

Compact excavators are great at what they’re built for — digging in confined spaces. But you may not know they perform a wide variety of tasks beyond excavation. Paired with the right attachments and a coupler system that allows for quick and easy exchanges, here are three.....


New Revenue Ideas for Your Compact Excavator

Your compact excavator offers versatility far beyond digging jobs. With the right attachments, you could bid on jobs you may not have previously considered. Here are four jobs you could perform.....

Excavator checklist

Cold Weather 101 Checklist

Ongoing improvements to engines and diesel fuel have helped reduce emissions and contributed to cleaner air. Today, we have cleaner and more efficient diesel engines in Bobcat® compact equipment. The High-Pressure Common-Rail (HPCR) technology used on our larger engines uses.....

Rotten Rock Hardscaping and Tree Service Inc.

Turning a Part-time Job into a Full-time Passion

With an unusual company name and one of the owners working 7,000 miles away half of the year, Rotten Rock Hardscaping and Tree Service Inc. is riding a five-year growth rate of 50 percent annually. The owners are doing it in a thoroughly modern way — relying heavily.....


Leasing Lowers Payments, Saves Money for Excavating Company

Leasing compact equipment is growing in popularity and can be an affordable option to traditional financing or buying compact equipment outright. Imperial Excavating is an established excavating company that has found success through the Bobcat PowerLease finance program offered.....

Honc Marine Contracting

Reaching Beyond Seawalls

When the last recession hit, Honc Marine Contracting was strong enough to withstand a couple of lackluster years. Unfortunately, the bad economy continued for seven.....

Rocky Wisley with Bobcat excavator

6 Measures of Compact Excavator Excellence

After almost a decade of operating compact excavators — either belonging to a former employer or rented — Rocky Wisley’s young company had enough business to purchase its own machine in 2012.....

Scott Wiese with a Bobcat Excavator

Making Quick Work Of Utility Projects

After the first 30 minutes, Scott Wiese was already comfortable operating his newest Bobcat® excavator — a mighty E85 — complementing a much smaller Zero Rail Swing 418. He had a good feel for what the smooth, powerful machine could do. Within a few days he was producing results.....

Tier 4 Engine

The Bobcat Tier 4 Advantage

Bobcat loaders feature the Tier 4 Bobcat Engine, which includes a non-diesel particulate filter (non-DPF) engine solution where a filter is not used. In addition to eliminating the need for a DPF, the engines used in Bobcat Tier 4 loaders have 4 to 12 percent increase in torque over older models. This increase in torque is produced over a wide range of engine RPM.....

Excavator checklist

Top 7 Things to Look for When You Demo a Compact Excavator

So you’ve read the manufacturer’s literature, visited their website and pored over machine specs. Now, you’re at the dealership and ready to demo compact excavators. While you’re digging, pushing and lifting, what should you be paying.....


Four Jobs This Clamp Does Better

Go beyond the capabilities of a typical hydraulic clamp attachment with the Pro Clamp™ system from Bobcat Company. The Pro Clamp™ system consists of a base component, standard pin-on work tool and optional.....

Tier Four Logo

Emissions Standards Resources

Tier 4 standards reduce emissions from a typical non-road diesel engine by up to two-thirds. Respiratory problems and disease caused by ozone and PM will decline – as will acid rain, crop damage and smog.....

Excavator Q & A

Excavator Q&A: How to Choose the Right Bucket

When you’re in the market for a compact excavator, the bucket is an important consideration. Compact excavator buckets come in a variety of sizes — choosing which is best for your environment and application can improve your machine’s performance and your productivity. So how do you find the bucket.....

Interpreting specs

Interpreting the Specs to Find the Right Compact Excavator

When it comes to compact excavators, you’ll find that nearly all of the key specifications relate to the machine’s size, power or performance. Depending on the manufacturer, you’ll find a range of sizes, engine horsepower ratings, dig depths, dump heights and.....

Excavator checklist

Rent vs. Buy: 10 Things You Need to Know

Buying a compact machine is a big commitment. There are several factors to help you decide whether buying or renting a machine makes the most sense, including jobsite needs, attachment versatility and — of course.....

Excavator comfort

The Secrets to Unmatched Compact Excavator Comfort

Durability. Reliability. Versatility. Of course, those are priorities when choosing a compact excavator to improve your productivity. But comfort? For some, it’s last on the list. But think about it: The longer you can comfortably.....

Anatomy of an excavator

Know the Basics: Compact Excavators 101

Compact excavators (sometimes called mini excavators) are classified as machines with an operating weight of 10 metric tons or less. They emerged in North America in the mid ‘80s and have grown tremendously in popularity. Compact excavators are versatile machines built for a simple purpose — fast, efficient trenching.....

Tier 4 Skid Steer Loader Engine

Bobcat Tier 4 Technologies

Every Bobcat® machine with 25.5 horsepower (hp) or more features a Tier 4 compliant engine. Built for uncompromised performance, increased fuel efficiency, and cleaner emissions, Bobcat Engines utilize unique technologies to achieve Tier 4 status. Plus, Bobcat’s proprietary.....


Advanced Hydraulics Help Power Compact Excavators

The most important way to determine an excavator’s performance is to feel the balance between the hydraulic system and the engine horsepower. It’s the guts that determines the true performance.....

Toolcat 5610

Do Two Jobs in One Pass

With the Toolcat™ 5610 utility work machine from Bobcat Company, one machine can simplify your day, thanks to front and rear attachments. It has options for a 3-point hitch, PTO and rear remote.....

Utility Vehicle 3400

Utility Vehicles vs. Pickup Trucks

Pickups have long been the standard work vehicle, but utility vehicles offer unique advantages, like lower ownership costs, improved mobility and more. When you’re in the market for a second pickup for jobsite duties.....

Utility Vehicle

Things to Look for When You Demo a Utility Vehicle

A utility vehicle might be the most productive and versatile vehicle you’ll ever own. With that in mind, it’s very important to evaluate a utility vehicle’s comfort, ease of use and safety. When you go to take a test drive, consider the tasks you perform most often, the gear.....

3650 Utility Vehicle


When you’re in the market for a do-it-all type of vehicle, you might want to consider the lineup of Bobcat® utility vehicles. In terms of bang for your buck, the balance of comfort, power, maneuverability and ruggedness.....

UTV Check List

Utility Vehicle Purchase Checklist

A new utility vehicle is a big purchase with a lot of considerations to keep in mind. A checklist reminding you of your top requirements and needs can help.....

Toolcat Utility Work Machine

Why Suspension Matters for Utility Machines

With advanced suspension technology, it’s no wonder how tough machines like the Toolcat™ 5600 and 5610 utility work machines can deliver such a smooth ride and outstanding performance.....

3600 Utility Vehicle

Protecting Your Utility Vehicle Investment

If you expect your utility machine to provide years of service, choosing a well-built, dependable machine is the most important decision you can make. Buying a machine built with high-quality components and features such as a liquid-cooled engine, automatic machine shutdown.....

Easy access makes for easy maintenance

How Easy Access Means Easy Maintenance

Because downtime costs money, it’s crucial to select equipment that provides easy access to engine components and routine maintenance items. When you can keep your excavator in good working order, you lower your operating costs and have the potential to make more.....

Depth Check System

Improve Grade Accuracy with Bobcat Depth Check System

Achieve an accurate grade every time without leaving your cab using the Bobcat® depth check system. Efficient and easy to use, the Bobcat depth check system delivers accurate dig depth measurement for precision grading performance. It prevents.....


Top Attachments for Compact Excavators

Traditionally known for their digging prowess, compact excavators have become a valuable addition to every equipment lineup. And when it comes to work, these attachment options make Bobcat® compact excavators the go-to choice for tough.....


Put Specs to the Test with a Jobsite Demo

When you’re shopping for an excavator, specs and promotional materials can help jump-start your research and narrow down your choices, but basing a purchase solely on a few numbers can be risky. Specs can be made to look good, and every manufacturer or salesperson.....


Nine Jobs for Your Compact Excavator

It’s no secret that compact excavators can dig. But Bobcat® compact excavators reach far beyond the traditional role of digging. And to prove it, here are nine jobs that might expand the way you think about how you.....


Five Things to Consider Before Buying a Compact Excavator

Once you’ve determined that a compact excavator — also known as a mini excavator — is the right machine for you, the real work begins. It’s time to think about your business and how you’ll use the machine. But don’t let the terms “compact” or “mini” fool....


Get to Know Compact Excavators

Compact excavators take advantage of distinct features to deliver maneuverability, power, lift capacity, versatility and reach.

Excavator Q & A

Excavator Q&A: How to Choose the Right Compact Excavator

With compact excavators enjoying a recent spike in popularity, the lineup of available models is more diverse and expansive than ever. Today, manufacturers produce enough variety in their equipment to allow you to tailor your machine selection....


4 Advantages of the Bobcat Roller Suspension System

You have many undercarriage options for a compact track loader. Each offers unique advantages for comfort, different job demands and your personal preferences. The Roller Suspension™ system from Bobcat offers an appealing.....

Bobcat compact track loader

Improve Productivity with Smart Technologies

Compact equipment manufacturers have recently introduced some of the most sweeping changes in decades. Advancements include operator friendly designs, higher performance levels, increased working capabilities, smarter data capacity.....

T770 with Rock Bucket Attachment

Tailor One Machine to Fit All Your Needs

The key to any compact loader is simple: The more you use it, the more you get out of it. But how do you do more with your loader? The answer is simple: attachments increase versatility.....

Bobcat A770

Protect Your Turf with Selectable Steering

Do you worry when you drive machines over manicured lawns, patios and driveways? Are you tired of damaging sensitive surfaces and spending precious time and money repairing.....


Features that Make Mini Track Loaders the Right Choice

For many owners and operators, a loader offers the best combination of performance, versatility and comfort. However, you may have unique needs that require a different machine. Perhaps you frequently work in confined areas that require.....


What You Need to Know About an Undercarriage

Why do some skid-steer loaders bog down in soft or wet conditions, while Bobcat® loaders pass through without slowing down? More often than not, the loader’s undercarriage.....