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are all skid steer attachment couplers the same?

turboawd

LawnSite Member
Location
midwest
as the title says, are all skid steer hydraulic attachment couplers the same?
can i run a bobcat auger on a gehl for example?
oh, and what about the more fancier attachments that have an electrical plug, are they the same?
thanks
 

tallrick

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
South Florida
as the title says, are all skid steer hydraulic attachment couplers the same?
can i run a bobcat auger on a gehl for example?
oh, and what about the more fancier attachments that have an electrical plug, are they the same?
thanks
Hydraulic only attatchments seem to be more standardized now than years back. Most seem to copy the Bob-Tach system and there's some adjustability in the attatchment lever. Hydraulic pressure and flow determine the performance of any given attatchment. Electically I have seen differences in Bobcat and other connectors.
 

ksss

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Rigby, Idaho
I think all the newer machine are running the same style coupler. It has a thicker rib on it than the old style did. I don't know what year this happened or maybe it was an OEM thing. My 03 machines had the old style flat coupler and the 06 machine has the new style.
 

xcopterdoc

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Parkton NC
The answer is yes. All flat face quick disconnects are now standardized. I havent run into any that are not as far as the aux hook ups. You should be good to go.
 

dogsluvtrux

LawnSite Member
Location
St. Joseph, IL
Short answer...some will work, some won't. Non-hydraulic attachments will always work (the industry has standardized to a 45" attachment plate on the full-size machines, a 36" attachment plate on minis (MT's, dingo's, kangas, etc.)

Long answer...There are some companies out there that are still using a Pioneer coupler, but the majority of them are using the flat face, dripless coupler and they all look the same, however the length of the coupler can vary from brand to brand...you can usually get a set of adapters made or change the couplers pretty easily.

As far as the electrical goes, Bobcat is currently using a 7-pin, milli-volt system. Some of the other brands are using a 12-volt system, some are using a milli-volt system also, but the connectors may be different. It is kind of a crap-shoot, your dealer shounld be able to get you the information you need.
 
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