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Old 12-26-2011, 11:25 PM
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Bobcat Compact CT225 Tractor REVIEW

Well I have had this thing for over a year and they are fairly a new product to the Bobcat line so I figured I would do a review on it. Last November I brought a new Bobcat CT225 compact tractor with a loader. Mainly to load bulk salt in the winter but to do light landscaping in the summer also.

I have had not one problem with the exception of a small leak in the back differential when I first got it, it was covered under warranty and was a pinched gasket from the factory. It fires up every time even in the cold (see the video below) For alot of the hours being a cold start, load the salt then then shut off its done great.

For power wise its got a 27hp 3cylindar diesel and if I could do it again I might go with the CT230. The power the machine has it sure can do alot but when I dig into a full pile of salt or start digging in dirt it bogs down some. They all also have 4x4 and when using the loader it pretty much needs to be in 4x4 mode. The power this little machine has is great I wasnt sure when to expect when digging into the grass/ground and it exceeded my expectations there on the few jobs I had used it on. I even pulled out alot of stumps with both the back and the loader.

The loader works great, mind you it does not lift as high as a skid but I measured to make sure I would be able to load my vbox with it and its close but it works. its lifted everything I have put in the bucket fine. The big issue is having counter weight. I didn't have anything for the longest time Then decided to fill the rear tires but that wasn't working out so I built a box and filled it with concrete which is nice because I can take it off anytime.

Maneuverability is nice the machine has power steering and tight turning. Its a hydrostatic so its 2 pedal one forward one reverse so its very simple. Its 3 speeds high is really only for driving around I do most work in Medium and use Low for the tough stuff. Even with a weight box though this machine can get sketchy on some of the hills we have in this area. Going up no problem she climbs hills great. Going down you have to be careful there isn't too much in the bucket. and Side to side is not recommenced in rough terrain.

I have not had any other attachments on the machine besides my weight box but hope to get a brush hog someday

For questions of why I chose this over a skid was because of price, ease of operation, and versatility, they both have their place and I hope to have a skid someday also. I would love to have a CT450 someday for snow removal too!

I am sure I forgot stuff, but ask away for anyone who is really interested in these machines.

A few pictures and some videos are below-Subscribe to my YouTube account I am sure I will have more of the machine.
Some Videos of it

When I first got it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TtoWszXyOY

Cold Start
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzKHK6xbun4

Digging dirt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ystyd1XxfO4

Moving Broken Block
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1UPvOCSSGs

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Bobcat CT225 tractor-loader
Wright Stander 48" RH & 48" X
Quick 36”
JD GT225
(2)Honda HRX 217's
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:36 AM
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Is the engine a yanmar?
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Old 12-28-2011, 01:13 PM
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The engine is a DaeDong.
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:32 PM
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Which would make sense because Bobcat's tractors are made by Daedong! :-)
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:57 PM
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Yep its a Daedong, no problems with it so far mind you its not a ton of hours but there are hard hours on it.
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2007 Chevy 3500HD Dump
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6x16 Tandem Trailer
5x10 SS Trailer
5x8 Dump Trailer
Bobcat CT225 tractor-loader
Wright Stander 48" RH & 48" X
Quick 36”
JD GT225
(2)Honda HRX 217's
Echo & Stihl handhelds

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Youtube Channel:
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:45 PM
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We had 3230 Deere but found it too small and traded after 500 hrs for a 4105 and its about perfect. We have big skid and 2 Mt-55's also.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:19 PM
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We had 3230 Deere but found it too small and traded after 500 hrs for a 4105 and its about perfect. We have big skid and 2 Mt-55's also.
Yeah i have the feeling I might outgrow this in a few years.I will see what happens right now it is perfect though
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6x16 Tandem Trailer
5x10 SS Trailer
5x8 Dump Trailer
Bobcat CT225 tractor-loader
Wright Stander 48" RH & 48" X
Quick 36”
JD GT225
(2)Honda HRX 217's
Echo & Stihl handhelds

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Old 03-11-2012, 11:15 PM
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Thanks for the review! I love the look of the back. With that small toolbox mounted right behind the seat and the brake and tail lights! Definitly better than mounting them on the ROPS!

I think bobcat did it right the first time when starting a line of tractors. I demoed one friday afternoon and loved the CT235. It was so smooth to use, but the engine seemed to vibrate a lot and was extreamly loud compaired to the John Deere 3 cyl yanmar engine.

The bucket didnt dig to well but the ground was a bit frozen still.

I would love to see in a few years, what they will come out with next for these tractors.
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Will the loader use bobcat/skidsteer buckets or is it a pin on?
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Thanks for the review! I love the look of the back. With that small toolbox mounted right behind the seat and the brake and tail lights! Definitly better than mounting them on the ROPS!

I think bobcat did it right the first time when starting a line of tractors. I demoed one friday afternoon and loved the CT235. It was so smooth to use, but the engine seemed to vibrate a lot and was extreamly loud compaired to the John Deere 3 cyl yanmar engine.

The bucket didnt dig to well but the ground was a bit frozen still.

I would love to see in a few years, what they will come out with next for these tractors.
yep, bobcat and kiotos desgins are similar so I am not sure if they worked together or what engine noise never bothered me But I have heard quiter machines. mine doesnt vibrate and it diggs well but is sometimes under powered or I am just trying to do to much with a little machine haha. I am curios also to see what they expand on I would love to see turbo charged, and a few bigger models. I would also love to see bobcat start to offer a line of small articulating loaders their old ones were ugly but I would like to see some newer designs I would buy one for plowing snow thats for sure!
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Will the loader use bobcat/skidsteer buckets or is it a pin on?
Mine is the bobtac style so I can hook up any bobcat attachment but some might be too big I had to move a rock hound once and it was heavy for my tractor. And some I might not have hyrdaulic hookups for I am not too sure. Some models of these do just have a smaller pin on style bucker
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2003 Chevy 2500HD


6x16 Tandem Trailer
5x10 SS Trailer
5x8 Dump Trailer
Bobcat CT225 tractor-loader
Wright Stander 48" RH & 48" X
Quick 36”
JD GT225
(2)Honda HRX 217's
Echo & Stihl handhelds

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