Bobcat 331 Excavator What a Joy

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by AWJ Services, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    This was my first trip in a Bobcat and I can say that I would quit the business if I had too depend on it too make a living.
    The controls were like I stepped back decades in time.
    Kinda like running one of there row pedal skid steers.

    The Komatsu I normally use was not available so they talked me into this machine.This was not a wore out rental machine either.

    The job was digging an area out for a stamped concrete patio at a restaurant.
    The area was surrounded by sloped walkways,aluminum railing,and the back side had huge windows.Oh and there was a flag pole as well.
    Couple this with the fact it had too be done at night and I got pinched on time because of the weather and had too prep,seed and straw 3 lots that day as well as touch up the beds then rush my equipment too the job and dig all night.
    I was an absolute nervous wreck before the night was over.
    I just do not understand how people would actually by a machine like this.
    Komatsu,Takeuchi and Cats are like butter with there controls.
    Not this thing.
    I finished the job but I think I aged a few years.

    I hope if everything works out right I will not have too rent again.

    Enough whining.:)
  2. qps

    qps LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,484

    Oh no...I see a storm coming over the horizon:dizzy:
  3. iron peddler

    iron peddler LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 184

    i feel grumpy responses coming!!!
  4. kreft

    kreft LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,645

  5. cat2

    cat2 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Mi
    Messages: 891

    I see Rons head getting bigger.............................
  6. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,174

    The BC excavators are spastic I think. Especially so if your used to a smoother control system like most everyone elses.
  7. mrsops

    mrsops LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,879

    i wish i can complain about these bobcat excavators so i can fit in with you guys i have nothing but good luck with mine the controls do do get a lil jumpy after a while but i dont have a problem at all operating them..
  8. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,140

    Hitachi controls are the smoothest and fastest responding ones out there, the guy we let go of last month is using a brand new 350 Deere and he said those pilots feel exactly the same way as our little EX27.

    Bobcat's Pilots are the worst, why the hell did you think they merged with Doosan?
  9. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    There was no merging, Doosan straight bought them out.
  10. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
    Messages: 1,022

    i have rented a few 331's and thought they were a nice machine. never had any issues. next time i'll try somthing else to compare.

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