Who makes bobcat tzr's

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jcsaws, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. jcsaws

    jcsaws LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Hi , Just trying to find out more about Bobcat ztr's, Are they made buy another company or them selfs. A bit like Husky owning dixon, Or Areins making everride. Cheers JC
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    The last I hear Bobcat makes their own mowers.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i always thought they were made by bobcat but i could be wrong
  4. Tires&wheels

    Tires&wheels LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    That confuses things. Bobcat still produces Bobcat equipment. They are owned by Schiller.
  6. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,024

    Yah the machines themselves really havent changed much in 20 years probably. Bobcat and Bunton are the same machine(Bunton gets some extras tossed on making them more expensive).

    Bobcat also makes ZTR's for Woods and Craftsman now.
  7. Tires&wheels

    Tires&wheels LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Bobcat is a brand. The bobcat ZTR's are made by Schiller Grounds Care in WI. The skid steers, loaders, and such Bobcat brands are owned by Doosan Infracore, who purchased them from Ingersoll Rand in 2007.

  8. Remington4

    Remington4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    Here is the BOB-CAT Timeline from their website...

    1940 The Wisconsin Marine Company formed.

    It manufactured boat hoist equipment,

    floating docks, piers and underwater

    salvage equipment.

    1950 The first BOB-CAT product was designed

    and built. Our two-stage Snowthrower was

    the sole power product for 20 years.

    1974 Wisconsin Marine is dealt a severe blow when

    a fire destroys a major portion of the factory.

    1975 Wisconsin Marine rebuilds and launches

    a 12 trimmer mower, 21 push mower, 32,

    36 and 48 midsize walk-behind mowers

    and a full range of riding mowers.

    1979 Wisconsin Marine bought 40 acres of

    land in Johnson Creek, Wis. and built a

    90,000 square foot manufacturing


    All four of the facilities moved under one

    roof in Johnson Creek and a new street

    was named, BOB-CAT Lane, with the

    manufacturing facilities address being

    One BOB-CAT Lane.

    1981 Ransomes Sims and Jefferies buys the

    remaining shares in Wisconsin Marine and

    forms a new company called Ransomes

    America. The Johnson Creek, Wis. facility

    is called Ransomes Inc.

    1988 Ransomes America purchased Steiner Turf

    in Dalton, Ohio.

    1989 Ransomes America purchased Cushman Inc.

    which included the Ryan Turf Renovation

    Products and Brouwer Turf in Keswick,

    Ontario, Canada.

    1998 The Ransomes PLC Worldwide group was

    purchased by Textron Inc. and formed a

    division called Textron Golf, Turf & Specialty

    Products. In late 1998 the Bunton product

    line was moved from Louisville, Ky. to

    Johnson Creek, Wis. plant.

    2005 Launch of the Predator-Pro.

    2006 Launch of the FastCat.

    2006 Textron sold the Johnson Creek facility

    along with the commercial brands

    BOB-CAT, Bunton, Ryan and Steiner to

    JEP Management. We formed a new

    company called Schiller Grounds Care, Inc.

    and produce the highest quality

    commercial equipment requested by landscape

    professionals. In October the Brouwer

    brand and all of its products were sold to

    Kesmac of Keswick, Ontario, Canada.
  9. jcsaws

    jcsaws LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Thanks heaps, Are these good units?any problems
  10. mikeylikesit5805

    mikeylikesit5805 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kent OH
    Messages: 336

    I have a 36 Bunton and a 54 inch bobcat, I love both of them!

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