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Hand controls vs. foot controls

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by frankmd73, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. frankmd73

    frankmd73 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Looking @ purchasing a used bobcat. The machine i am interested in has hand controls(2000 775). Just wanted to know the ups and downs..
  2. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    773?? I have a 2001 773 with foot controls and a 262 Cat with pilot controls. I personally like the Cat better. I am selling the 773 if interested. :)
  3. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 601

    I like the foot controls, hands have enough to do with throttle, motion, I've only run a few hand operated mustangs and felt that controls overlapped unless you were very precise.
  4. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,807

    had a new hollad ls170 with foot controls, then upgraded to a 248 cat with the pilot controls and i wouldn't trade them for the world. foot controls are good if your trying to tone up your calves and thats about it....
  5. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    Growing up and running a New Holland since lord knows how old I didnt know any other way then foot controls. Once I got in a Cat it wasnt long before I saw the light. After running a machine for 8+ hours the foot controlls really wear me out were as the pilot controlls take alot less of a toll.
  6. Mr. Vern

    Mr. Vern LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632

    We have a Bobcat 863 with fully electronic controls (would not recommend). You have a switch that lets you choose the foot controls or the pilot controls. I can't hardly function with the foot after using the pilot controls. I spent years on dozers and pedal loaders but once I got used to the pilot controls, I can't even force myself to use the foot ones. I think the time on an excavator may be a factor. I have an operator who can only use the foot controls though. It is just a matter of what you get used to, and you will get used to what you have. I have just found that pilot controls consolidates everything to one location and I can move my feet/stretch out my legs to get comfortable.

    I wouldn't shy away from buying either control set as a single deciding point, but it is nice to be able to flip a switch and get the one you want.
  7. Travel'n Trees

    Travel'n Trees LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    Have John deere with hand controls, love it, I don't like foot controls with spades or augers on inclines.
  8. TWUllc

    TWUllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 406

    Hand Controls are SOO much easier if you ask me. I never liked foot controls.
  9. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    ive owned and run bobcat foot controls for 10 years, i would probably look like a real idiot with hand controls. I would say it is what you get used too.
  10. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    when i start bouncing around i like to brace myself with my feet and thats hard to do with foot controls

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