Bobcat Company

The American company Bobcat Company manufactures equipment for both construction and agricultural. Formerly located in Gwinner, its American headquarters are currently located in West Fargo, North Dakota. It relocated its European headquarters from Waterloo, Belgium, to Dob, Czech Republic, in 2017. (where Bobcat operates one of its European manufacturing plants). From 1995 to July 2007, it was a division of the Ingersoll Rand Company until being sold to Doosan Infracore for US$4.9 billion.

Under the Bobcat brand, the firm sells skid steer loaders, small excavators, side-by-sides, small tractors, and other hydraulic compact equipment. This is one of the few important manufacturers in North Dakota.

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History - Bobcat

Near Rothsay, Minnesota, in the 1950s, Louis and Cyril Keller ran Keller Welding and Repair. Local turkey farmer Eddie Velo informed the Kellers in 1956 that he needed a tool that was both transportable and compact enough to fit within a pole barn. On February 4, 1957, the Velo brothers showed a compact, three-wheeled design with a belt-driven transmission. In 1958, after learning from Velo, who gave the Kellers complete access to his operations, about problems with the belt-driven transmission, the Kellers created and patented a clutch-based transmission system that was more durable. The Melroe M60 loader was built on top of the upgraded transmission.

The Kellers' uncle, an equipment salesperson for the Melroe Manufacturing Company in Gwinner, North Dakota, offered a marketing suggestion that resulted in a request for the Kellers to take part in the 1958 Minnesota State Fair. In 1960, Melroe unveiled the four-wheeled M400 model "Skid-Steer Loader." The company started marketing similar products under the "Bobcat" brand name in 1962, following the introduction of the 440 model loader. While driving between Minneapolis and Gwinner, Les Melroe and advertising executive Lynn Bickett were brainstorming names when they came up with the nickname "Bobcat". To promote the first loaders, Bickett and Sylvan Melroe came up with the motto "tough, swift, and agile."

In 1969, Clark Equipment Company acquired Melroe Manufacturing Company. After that, in 1995, Clark Equipment Company bought Ingersoll-Rand. Along with the remainder of its construction equipment business, Ingersoll-Rand sold Clark Equipment Company to the Doosan Group of South Korea in 2007 for US$4.9 billion. The Bobcat Company's operations have been taken over by The Clark Equipment Company. The term "Bobcat" may be used as a trademark by The Bobcat Company.

The seven-year partnership between Doosan and Doosan Bobcat came to an end on January 1 when they were split into separate businesses.

Hyundai Heavy Industries bought a 30% controlling stake in Doosan Infracore in July 2021 from the company for about $722.45 million. Doosan Infracore will join the new Hyundai Genuine organisation.

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Skid-Steer Loaders

The entire series of skid-steer loaders from Bobcat® is designed to help you do more. Since creating the original skid-steer loader, Bobcat has built a reputation for unmatched quality, effectiveness, and dependability. We are the most widely used skid-steer loader brand worldwide for a good reason.

Each type of skid-steer is a flexible force to be feared on your workplace when used with a genuine Bobcat attachment. You will notice improvements as soon as you enter the cab of the R-Series, the following revolution in skid steer loaders. It is designed to push the envelope in every manner, boosting production where it counts—at your jobsite.

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Compact Track Loaders

All of Bobcatsmall ®'s track loaders are designed to increase your productivity. They are regarded as the most potent, cosy, and adaptable loaders in the business.

Other manufacturers fall short in terms of lifting capacity, pushing force, buoyancy, and ground disturbance. You'll be able to persevere and complete the task even in sloppy, sandy, muddy, or damp conditions.

You'll notice improvements as soon as you get inside the cab of the R-Series, the next revolution in loaders. It is designed to push the envelope in every manner, boosting production where it counts—at your jobsite.

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Small Articulated Loaders

The least amount of disruption to already-existing surfaces is possible when using a compact articulated loader to complete a variety of difficult tasks in constrained areas.

These agile loaders have a grass-safe mode to reduce the risk of cutting into the turf as it spins or hauls a load, in addition to a tight-turning articulation joint for manoeuvrability in small spaces.

Bobcat® mini articulated loaders offer an impressive lifting capability and are small enough to fit comfortably into pens, nurseries, and other confined spaces. This little vehicle can do a variety of landscaping tasks, from material handling to grounds upkeep.

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Mini Track Loaders

You can manoeuvre and complete work with a mini track loader in places where other machines cannot. In constrained spaces, small track loaders from Bobcat® handle challenging tasks. You can do more in difficult-to-reach areas by getting rid of human labour, hand tools, and wheelbarrows.

Pass through doors, gates, and other confined areas with ease. The same attachment versatility as more substantial Bobcat compact loaders is available with ride-on small track loaders, also referred to as stand-on micro skid steers.

Install on your machine the Bob-Tach® mounting system or the Common Industry Interface (CII). While the tried-and-true Bob-Tach mounting mechanism offers quick attachment changes and excellent attachment fit, the Common Industry Interface design enables you to connect your machine to a variety of loader attachments you may already own and use.

Do not be deceived by the diminutive size. They perform difficult tasks like digging, tilling, hauling supplies, and trenching.

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Compact Wheel Loaders

Compact wheel loaders' remarkable material handling capabilities and excellent manoeuvrability enable you to do more tasks in less time.

Only Bobcat® compact wheel loaders provide the performance, comfort, and versatility needed to take on the most demanding assignments. You can do more since Bobcat mini wheel loaders are excellent at handling materials. These benefits include a large bucket capacity, a high lift height, exceptional agility, strong stability, and swift travel speeds.

With the Power Bob-Tach® System, you may connect attachments quickly and easily, getting the most versatility for your money. You can take on new tasks and utilise your compact loader more effectively with the aid of Bobcat attachments, whether you're moving pallets, shovelling snow, or picking up trash.

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Compact (Mini) Excavators

With Bobcat® mini excavators, your performance and production will increase. The lineup of Bobcat small excavators now has improved features for more accurate control to operate more productively and comfort features to ease difficult tasks.

Each compact excavator we construct is designed to increase productivity and has the capacity to accept a wide range of specialised attachments. A few examples of the custom features that can be added to several of these types include the extended arm, the depth check system, and the Hydraulic X-ChangeTM system.

With Bobcat compact excavators, you can increase production and uptime even in the most challenging and constrained working environments. We make it simple to respond to significant challenges with a short response, from the initial model selection to the last day on the job.

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Large Excavators

Bobcat® large excavators provide the adaptability and manoeuvrability required for a range of job situations. The quality and adaptability you expect from the Bobcat name are combined with the shortest cycle times, the strongest lifting capacities, and the greatest reach thanks to cutting-edge innovations.

Obtain the strength and efficiency required to handle your most challenging projects. Industry-leading hydraulics that provide steady power and increased slew torque for backfilling and slewing aid in productivity gains and cycle time reduction. In the comfort of your cab, four switchable power modes offer flexible performance.

Bobcat large excavators give you the power, assurance, and size you need to complete more difficult projects.

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