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Bob-Cat sold to Little Wonder?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mkwl, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    I was up at my dealer today, there was a guy up there telling the owner (of the dealer) and me that Little Wonder bought Bob-Cat, Bunton, and Jacobsen...is this true? He also told me (and the dealer) that Little Wonder is planning to stop the Bob-Cat line of mowers :cry: . I find this to be a real shame, I love my Bob-Cat's features, performance, and durability, it'd be a real shame to see Little Wonder stop making a mower line that's been around for over 20 years. Why would Little Wonder buy Bob-Cat, Bunton, and Jacobsen, just to stop making their machines? Someone tell me that Little Wonder isn't really going to stop the Bob-Cat line!:cry: The dealer knew Bob-Cat, Bunton and Jacobsen had been sold to Little Wonder, but he didn't know they were planning to stop the line. I really hope Little Wonder will keep Bob-Cat, and expand on the line! What have you guys heard? I Love my Bob-Cat and Little Wonder equipment, it'd be a real shame to see Little Wonder stopping the Bob-Cat line...hopefully they'll keep the Bob-Cat line, and maybe even improve on it!

  2. prizeprop

    prizeprop LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    That would stink. I love my bobcats also. Ill ask my dealer and try to get some info.
  3. extoro

    extoro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    Why would they dissolve the Bobcat brand? That would be like you buying out another LCO and dropping all of their clients. Where there may be change is in distribution and the way they come to market. It would be very surprising if they dropped the line
  4. Idealtim

    Idealtim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    Yes that would suck, I to am a proud bobcat owner and have had absolutely NO problems with them. But, like Extoro said, something is wrong with this picture. I question if what that guy said was true or just a rumor, you know you can only believe half of what you hear.
  5. Ron's Lawncare

    Ron's Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    no it's more like buying a lco and getting rid of all equipment and employees. they are buying out the competition.
  6. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    dosnt make sence. little wonder isnt that big a company to buy those big guys out
  7. ThirdDay

    ThirdDay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    This purchase could F-up both brands.

    Little Wonder is a small company in comparison to Jacobsen and might not be able to keep up and compete with the "big boys" now.

    The word on the street is that the Bunton name will be gone not Bob-Cat
  8. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,720

    Yes, it is true, Little Wonder bought all the lawn equipment brands formerly owned by Textron. Except, for the Jacobson golf course maint. equipment. This includes Bobact, Bunton, Ransomes, and Ryan equipment.
    They also bought one or two factories where this stuff is made. I think you will see the same machines, but, they might consolidate it all under one name.
    It seems that the commercial lawn equipment was not turning a big enough profit to satisfy a big company like Textron.
  9. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    Anyone else hear anything on this subject?
  10. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Messages: 9,769

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