I recently ran both machines side by side. The Bobcat was equipped with Pilot Controls. My thoughts: S220: I have always given Bobcat an opportunity before I bought a new machine. They brought out a S220 with pilot controls. I will start by saying it is the most impressive Bobcat I have run. My issues with the AHC system are gone along with the excessive feedback in the controls, the delay in the electronics between movement of the hands and the bucket moving, and the obnoxiously long lever movement. The pilots were responsive and cycle times, although not mind blowing, were acceptable. It multifunctioned well. Comparing the Komatsu I recently demoed, the Komatsu still has the best "feel" in the industry in their pilots but the Bobcat wasn't bad. It isn't hard to kill the machine even with the "power management system" simply push into a pile and move the bucket and it'll kill if pushed. However it was not under powered it ran well for this weight class. Very well balanced machine. Visibility was acceptable to the left and right and poor to the rear. Visibility to the cutting edge was poor. The Bobcat would not snuggle up to high sided dump truck like the 440/70XT will. The step gets in the way and it seems like the front tires are mounted further beyond the machine verse the CASE. I can dump further to center of the truck with the CASE. 440: I had ordered one of these last fall but do to production problems it was July and I still had not seen mine. So I cancelled the order. I did not want an 05 machine showing up it Sept of 05 prior to the release of the 06 machines. Overall it worked out. I put another 500 hours on my 70XT but only gave up 600 in trade allowance. Also this gave me a chance to run a 440. My guys initially struggled with the sensitivity of the controls verse the 70XT. After a few hours everyone was impressed. I ran the machine for a few hours and I have to say it is the most responsive skid steer I have yet run. It is fast, I should say incredibly fast. It is also more powerful than the 70XT which I thought was powerful. It is a very impressive machine. The help prefered to run the CASE over the Bobcat but they are more familiar with the CASE product so naturally they are more inclined to run what they know. This 440 will certainly be in demand for guys needing a high performance machine. The 440 is dimensionally the same as a 70XT. Visibility is excellent to the sides and good to the rear. It is not as long as the Bobcat. So it feels more manueverable. The 440 is lighter in the tail than the Bobcat. Overall I will probably go with the CASE but it wasn't a blowout like it usually is between the CASE and Bobcat machines. Bobcat has made many improvements over the last 2-3 years. The fuel economy on the Bobcat was good getting 9 hours out of a tank. I still struggle with some durability issues with the Bobcat. I question whether all that gee whiz stuff in the cab will last. This machine had less than 100 hours on it. The foot throttle did not work right, the loader arms settled very fast requiring you to constantly adjust as you drove. The park brake system is a joke. CASE did away with a very similiar system when the 1800 series was put to sleep. The Bobcat guy gave me a number of 35K fully loaded Cab, ride control, quick attach etc. I will know shortly what CASE will be on their 06 machine.