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Remote Control.....

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by RockSet N' Grade, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,454

    Just got a bobcat magazine in the mail. {"The Remote Solution" Bobcat radio remote control system for bobcat loaders. Easily installs and is transferable between approved bobcat skid steer loaders or compact track loaders equipped with selectable joystick controls and bobcat all weheel steer loaders. Easily switch between remote control mode and machine/direct control mode.") As soon as I can hook that bad boy up to a computor I am off to the beach and I will work from there......
  2. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,131

    Put a crash test dummy in the seat of the Bobcat and really scare people!!
  3. mrsops

    mrsops LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,878

    i seen that control theres a few videos on youtube i heard it goes for 10,000 for that remote. im telling you bobcat is coming up with big things
  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Remote control is nothing new, however I will have to give a hat off to Bobcat for going through with the development. I have to wonder, who would buy this for a skid steer? You still have to operate the machine and you couldn't possibly be nearly as productive nor detail oriented via remote control. Call me crazy, but there is no bridged gap between full automation and human operators. Until someone comes up with a system that sends a machine to the site, by itself, to dig a hole, by itself, and finish the job completely unassisted there will always be a need for someone to be around. I guess I don't understand the remote control stuff. Remote control trench compactors make sense, that's a complete duh, but anything else just fails to strike me as a good business idea.
  5. mrsops

    mrsops LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,878

    scag in my opinon i think its a great idea now my operators dont have to complain about there backs anymore :) they can sit on a longue chair and operate the machine with the control
  6. kreft

    kreft LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,645

    Wait, let me get this strait....... You just got your bobcat magazine, I got mine 3 months ago!
  7. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,454

    Scag........with the current technology that is being presented, I have to agree. I just see this as a progression........sheesh, I can remember when I did complicated math on a Texas Instruments Model 59 and that was before computers were in everyone's briefcase. Imagine: remote control with cameras, gps capabilities and other software support.......could be nintendo taken to a new level. Who knows and it is just mental gymnastics for me so I don't get "stuck"....
  8. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,454

    Kreft....we are a little slow here........also the Bobcat salesman thinks he's got a hot one here, so I think he added me to their list........usually don't like or accept junk mail.
  9. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,131

    My local Bobcat dealer customized a 453 with remote technology about 12 years ago, it was recently traded in last year for a new 463, it's was still the same system, it was built for handling waste 50 gallon drums.
  10. dozerman21

    dozerman21 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    I agree. Props to Bobcat for going through with it, I just don't see any advantage unless you're operating next to a cliff and you're afraid the machine might go over and you don't want to go with it!:laugh:

    Like Scag said, somebody will still need to be there, and you won't have the same visibility as you would from the seat of the machine, no feel going into a push, etc... It could only be used in a wide open area. I'm sure one day with GPS and technology advancing constantly, there will be a machine that can run itself. That day is still a ways off, and I doubt any of us will ever flip the bill of what it's going to cost, but I guess you never know. The closest thing we have to that now in the field is Cat's Accu-Grade System.

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