Bobcat Tool Cat

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by GreenLightLawnCareInc, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. GreenLightLawnCareInc

    GreenLightLawnCareInc LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 58

    So I am thinking about buying a Tool Cat 5600T this spring. It would be used for loading mulch, running a brushcat, and some spraying....snow removal...ect I just wondered if anyone out there had one, and maybe some pros and cons.
     
  2. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,756

    I have a toolcat turbo. It's a cool machine. It is a bit slow for loading materials and you can't dump very high but with a farm grapple or 4 n 1 bucket it does pretty good. I use mine mostly for loading and unloading bobcat attachments off my flatbed and for post holes and carrying large hay bales. I have used it extensively with the brushcat. I do not like it because it makes the whole thing LONG or at least it feels that way. I think it would work better with a flail. I have an older brushcat and the new model might work better, though. Spraying would be good. It can handle a fairly heavy tank in the back and it is fun to drive. Can't help you on the snow removal. I live in S. Texas!
     
  3. salopez

    salopez LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 270

    they rock for snow removal...we have plow, broom, scraper, pusher, spreader, and blower for ours.

    the only downside to the new machines is they have a flat bottom and get stuck really easy.

    i agree with the bushhog statement that the machine is really long. I would love to try out a flail. the auger also works great. again the don't lift very high, we use an ejector bucket or 4n1 to get a little higher.
     
  4. GreenLightLawnCareInc

    GreenLightLawnCareInc LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 58

    I guess what I am trying to do is make one money do 2 jobs....The other option was to buy a S205, and a Kubota RTV900. My main concern was that he Toolcat was much heavier than the Kubota for utility work. Guess it all depends on how work goes this year!
     
  5. GreenLightLawnCareInc

    GreenLightLawnCareInc LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 58


    What kind of fuel usage do you see with your toolcat?
     
  6. Craaaig

    Craaaig LawnSite Member
    Posts: 164

    i don't know the specific problems but the company i work for as well as the school i go too both had a handful of them and they were always breaking down so they got rid of them
     
  7. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,756

    very good unless I'm running high flow. I only use high flow for auger, though. I did use it on brushcat but it mows okay without.

    I think the 56 hp motor is a good, reliable motor and you will be happy with fuel usage. You can always carry a jerry can in the back!
     
  8. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,756

    what year? What did they use them for?
     
  9. GreenLightLawnCareInc

    GreenLightLawnCareInc LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 58

    That's interesting....so far the people that I have talked to say no problems....anyone else out there have problems?
     
  10. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,756

    I had a spring/shock go bad and busted a hydraulic line in a tough spot. Other than that, no problems yet...knock on wood! :) I have a late '05 B series. Hoping the drive motors problems were fixed by then. My machine was one of the last ones built before C series production and I have about 600 hours.
    The only two complaints I have for toolcat for what I use it for is lack of traction and rough ride. I hear the new D series is a better ride.
     

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