Ignoramus26166 fired this volley
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Brace your arms against your ribcage if you're a beginner, lest you get
into P.I.O. I don't like the two-lever Bobcat controls. The joystick on
ASV or CAT (with ASV controls) is like a second set of hands, but a lot
of folks (including experienced operators) can get into oscillations with
the BobCat two-lever system. I've had two experienced contractors (one
of whom does nothing _but_ run his BobCat commercially) dump traditional
BobCats on my property -- one in the front ditch, and one in the pond.
OTOH, I just love my two-lever Scag mower, so I think it has more to do
with relative "wheelbase" and center of gravity.
You get in, close the door, fasten seat belt, lower the bar. Hopefully there
will be no combination set, if so, you'll need a code. There's a button to
start the loader and another button to enable the hydraulics. Raise the
bucket with the left foot pedal, tilt the bucket with the right. There may
be a "Rabbit Mode" fast switch on one of the levers, if so, put it in slow.
Very gently ease both levers forward to go straight, if you want to turn
left, push the right lever more than the left. The throttle lever is on the
right hand side, halfway will be fine for starting out.
Keep all appendages inside the cage and turn the loader off before getting
out to avoid possible decapitation. The following instructions are OK,
except yours probably won't have an ignition key:
Yes, and *back* up onto the trailer. Heavy end up so unless you are taking a
full bucket of dirt with you means backing up inclines.
OMC Mustangs were similar with a "T" stick. Rental place I bought my (sadly
long dead) one from said "The contractors love it because they can drive with
one hand and drink beer with the other." Or something like that... Has been 20
Smaller machines bounce a lot worse than larger ones.
Lloyd, thanks. I think tht I am getting it. I did drive another skid
steer half a year ago, and now I recall that it was similar.
I bought a bobcat with a bunch of other equipment, such as a asphalt
roller, from a distressed company.
What I want to do is to use this bobcat on my property to grade the
road behind my building and get rid of deep potholes, make a concrete
pad in front etc. Once I am done I will, probably, sell the bobcat.
The only plus of a bobcat that I see, for my business, is that in
winter it can move snow around to clear paths to use pallet racks
etc. A truck can only push snow, and a bobcat can remove it. But is it
worth the price of a bobcat, I am not so sure.
"Steve B" fired this volley in news:k0a2ro$2ff$1
"Sensitive", yes. They are less prone, though, to "pilot-induced
oscillations" - the "P.I.O" I mentioned earlier. When you've got an
arm's-reach-both-hands-on grip on the levers, and some sudden
acceleration or deceleration happens, your body rocks, and your hands
follow your body.
When that happens, the lever-action machines can get into an ever-
amplifying fore-aft rocking motion that ends up with the thing on its ass
or lying on the bucket.
Once you get an hour or two under your belt with the joy control of an
ASV, that will never happen. Your driving arm is 'anchored' in the arm
rest at the elbow, and everything is done by wrist action. When your
body moves, it pivots at the elbow and shoulder, and your hand stays
still over the stick position.
FWIW, most BobCat operators eventually learn to hover their hands, and
let the body articulate without moving the hands -- but it's a highly
practiced, deft maneuver. During the construction boom here in Florida,
hardly a week went by that I didn't see a BobCat somewhere resting on its
nose. I don't think I have ever seen an ASV or Cat like that, although
I've seen a few in ditches.
One of the ASVs even has a tilt-sensing thingy that rapidly moves the
bucket down if the machine is about to tip over forward.
"Steve B" fired this volley in
I don't understand why, with motoring spool valves on all the controls,
why you'd need to vary the engine speed.
You set it for the necessary power to push or dig or carry what you need,
and you leave it alone. Speed (of every motion) is controlled by how far
you push its respective control.
The motor is just there for the power source. Once it's going 'fast
enough' you can go slower - on everything - than max if you wish without
changing the motor's speed.
That's true of all skid-steers, as far as I know.
Everything worked out great, I drove it on, drove it off, etc. I have
a few projects near my warehouse, such as gravel road regrading, fill
potholes, replace asphalt with concrete etc. I will use this bobcat,
and then, eventually will sell it.
Ig, when you are doing final grading in reverse with the bucket tilted as a
rake, push the left pedal all the way down until it clicks and stays down
and engage "float" mode. The arms will float and will not go up and down as
the grade changes. At that point you're only working with the weight of the
bucket and arms so you can't move as much material but it will smooth out
And what would happen if, say, a renter sinks my bobcat in a pond. And
further, if the operator dies.
Two problems come to mind.
1. How would I recoup the cost of the bobcat
2. How likely, practically speaking (not in some wacko imagination),
would be the chance of me being sued and losing in court in such a
case. Assuming that the bobcat had no physical defect that made it sink.
Realistically speaking, this comes down to needing to have an broad
and expansive insurance policy, and I am afraid that the cost of
insurance will make this an unattractive business.