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New Bobcat all wheel steer

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by SCAPEASAURUSREX, Dec 6, 2001.

  1. SCAPEASAURUSREX

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 835

    I just saw a small ad in one of the trade pubs for a new Bobcat that has wider turf type tires and they all steer.. Thats insane.. It said that you could lock the wheels so to Skid steer it or set it so all four wheels would steer.. It has I think a 2200 LB lift capacity..

    Anyone try one of these yet or own one... Curious to know how well it works.. May consider trading in my New Holland for one..
     
  2. greens1

    greens1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 352

    What do you mean by steer ? All the skids that I have ever seen " steer " by the wheels rotating at different speeds, or counter rotating.

    Jim L
     
  3. SCAPEASAURUSREX

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 835

    Jim,

    I guess I did not describe it correctly... the wheels actually turn.. So as not to tear up the turf.. It's INSANE... A traditional skid steer the wheels rotate to go forward or reverse, But these actually turn like a car, All four of them !!!! Left and right... I must have this machine...
     
  4. SCAPEASAURUSREX

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 835

    I just checked the Bobcat website, and it was not there yet.. I'll have to find the ad I saw and get the model #..
     
  5. steveair

    steveair LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,073

    Looks like just another bunch of things to go wrong to me!

    Not for nothing, but from what I'm seeing, bobcat's recent track record hasn't been too good. I'd be nervous that thing would constantly break down after a short period of use.

    steve
     
  6. greens1

    greens1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 352

    Err, Ummmm. We are still talking about a 8000# piece of equiptment right ? When the tires rotate, wheather back to front or left to right, it will still tear up the soil profile.

    I'm not shure that having the tires rotate will cause less damage, although I have not seen it in action. It should, however, eliminate those pesky parallel parking problems.:D

    Jim L
     
  7. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Posts: 1,579

    Sounds very interesting.. I have not seen it yet.

    Steve,

    Good luck with Bobcats here ... 863 , 853, 843, 743 all with mininum problems.
     
  8. SCL

    SCL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 543

    I love my 753, just wish it was bigger. As far as all wheel steer, I can't see any benefits without machine articulation, like a Michigan. Nice thought though.
     
  9. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 611

    I would think that some kind of linkage or hydraulic hoses would have to be out near the wheels. Having dug sticks and rocks out from there I can only imagine the steering would be easily damaged with the work I do.
     
  10. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,277

    I'm thinking something similar. Even if the tires are big fattie floaters, with 3psi on the soil or turf, I would think the hardware to make them steer would be vulnerable. First, because now you're introducing a joint into the system that has to support the big loads you're carrying, and second, the original skid-type were close (within an inch or two) to the frame. These would have to have big recesses under the body, or protrude from the body, just to make room for the wheel movement. Seems like a great opportunity for big sticks and stones to break the Bobcat's bones.
     

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