A partnership between Bobcat Co. and Trimble has produced the first-ever 3D grade control system for use with Bobcat skid-steer loaders, compact track loaders and all-wheel steer loaders.
Bobcat stresses that small and large contractors alike can take on complex projects requiring digital designs and 3D machine control by pairing the Trimble GCS900 grade control system with Bobcat 96- and 108-inch heavy-duty grader attachments.
Bobcat says in a news release that the new Trimble 3D grade control system enables operators of Bobcat compact loaders to work at higher speeds without losing accuracy. The system increases valve responses and produces a more robust grading solution, the equipment maker says.
Less rework, less staking and fewer required checks result in faster job completion, improved material usage and higher profits, Bobcat says of the new system. The 3D system can be used with following M-Series loaders: S750 through S850 skid-steer loaders; T650 through T870 compact track loaders; and the A770 all-wheel steer loader. (To use the 3D system, M-Series loaders must have a deluxe instrumentation panel.)
Bobcat says base-level components such as mounting brackets and harnesses are installed prior to delivery to the customer. No additional welding, drilling or re-painting is required. The Bobcat 3D-ready system requires the use of a 3D-sensor kit and a 3D-harness kit, both of which are sold by Bobcat compact equipment dealers.
The company boasts that the 3D grade control system will pay for itself over time through increased accuracy on the jobsite and the resulting material savings.