Bobcat has launched the company’s new ‘Tough Jobs’ attachment campaign, designed to raise awareness of the cost and productivity advantages offered by the use of attachments on Bobcat skid-steer and compact tracked loaders. With a unique range of over 70 different Bobcat attachment families to choose from, Bobcat compact loaders can be used for multiple applications on work sites, keeping required investment down and minimising the amount of manpower and machinery required.
As part of the new Tough Jobs promotion, Bobcat is working alongside dealers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), to host live demonstration events to promote the use of some of the company’s more specialist attachments. The first of these events was held earlier this year in the Vatican City in Rome in Italy, which showcased the Bobcat Laser Grader attachment being used in the construction of a new sports field at Vatican City.
The campaign has also started in the UK where an expanding programme of attachment demonstrations is planned around the country with the next events in September. MTS Bobcat, the Authorised Bobcat Dealer for West and North Yorkshire has already run two events attended by potential customers in the local utilities, construction and rental industries – at the first, a Bobcat T590 tracked loader from the MTS hire fleet, equipped with a Bobcat wheel saw attachment, was used to cut trenching in concrete for work being carried out at the company’s headquarters in Wakefield in West Yorkshire (Picture link – MTS pic1 MTS pic2 MTS pic3). With the help of plant hire firm, Wrights of Crockey Hill Ltd, MTS was also able to organise a second demonstration day for customers in the north of its area at a privately owned airfield just outside York.
Free ‘World of Attachments’ App
Every Bobcat attachment is designed and manufactured for a perfect fit with matching Bobcat loaders for optimum job performance, dependability and durability. To support the Tough Jobs campaign and to help customers find the right Bobcat attachment and tool carrier for their application, Bobcat has developed the new ‘World of Attachments’ app, which is available in 26 languages as a free download for iOS and Android tablets on the App Store and Google Play Store. Bobcat is aiming to have the free download for the PC version of the app available before the end of 2015.
In the Bobcat World of Attachments app, the complete Bobcat attachments range has been organised based on application areas and product categories. There are eight main application areas that have been employed – agriculture; forestry; landscaping; construction & demolition; road work; lifting & handling; grading & levelling and snow removal.
The new app uses a simple navigation system to allow the user to browse through the different application markets and discover the breadth and versatility of the Bobcat attachments that can be used in these markets. These are cross-referenced for compatibility with all the products in the Bobcat range, including not only Bobcat skid-steer and compact tracked loaders, but also Bobcat compact excavators and Bobcat telescopic handlers.
The Bobcat World of Attachments app provides the user with a fingertip tour of the complete range of Bobcat attachments, all of which have an information pop-up that includes a ‘read more’ button leading to a separate screen where background information is given. There is also general information based around a large image of the attachment with highlights pop-ups, a gallery of selected images that shows the attachment in application and a specification table for the attachment and a compatibility table for the attachment with the full range of Bobcat loaders, excavators and telehandlers.
Bobcat has also added an easy-to-use search engine function that allows the user to search on attachment name or on machine name. The search engine function allows the user to perform searches on particular Bobcat attachments and machines with cross-references to help them to choose the right attachment and machine for their application.
Quick-Change Bob-TachTM Attachment System
All Bobcat compact loaders are equipped with the quick-change Bob-Tach attachment mounting system, allowing them to be combined quickly and safely with several hundred different Bobcat attachments, delivering versatility and time-saving efficiency across a huge range of different applications. The Bob-Tach system can quickly and easily replace a bucket with pallet forks, a landscape rake, a backhoe, an auger, a grapple or a host of other attachments.
This unique design also ensures hydraulic attachment changes are carried out quickly and smoothly. Trapped line pressure can make attachment changes anything but quick. So Bobcat loaders come with a handy feature to release trapped pressure. By simply pushing the coupler inward, the hydraulic oil is released through a return line back into the machine. The result is clean, quick attachment changes time after time.
Bobcat also offers the optional Power Bob-Tach™ system, whereby the operator can change non-hydraulic attachments without even leaving the cab. This is activated by a switch on the control panel, which raises and lowers the Bob-Tach levers hydraulically, increasing the versatility and productivity of all Bobcat compact loaders.