Bobcat grading solutions go sonic

By Sarah Ann McCay26 June 2013

A Bobcat grader equipped with a sonic tracer

A Bobcat grader equipped with a sonic tracer

Bobcat has introduced an expanded range of grading solutions, based around the company’s compact loaders and grader attachments.

Designed for use by asphalt and concrete contractors for excavating and grading work for new roads, pavements, concrete flatwork, tennis courts, utilities and landscaping projects, the new loader-mounted Bobcat grader attachments can be combined with Bobcat laser grading equipment as well as the new Bobcat sonic tracer kit.

Laser grading requires the job site to be on a plane, whereas the sonic tracer can follow nearly every terrain. The sonic tracer also provides an advantage when grading inside buildings with obstacles where the laser beam could be interrupted.

Bobcat’s new sonic tracer system can also be twin-mounted with the laser system so that the two systems can be interchanged, depending on terrain.

The US manufacturer has also introduced two new heavy duty graders. The new HD Grader 108 heavy duty attachment works with the Bobcat S770 and S850 skid-steer, T770 and T870 compact tracked and A770 all-wheel steer loader models. The HD Grader 96 attachment covers the same models as well as the T650 compact tracked loader.

The new graders feature a 6-way blade plus hydraulic side-shift of up to 33 cm left or right, both of which are fingertip controlled so that the operator can grade nearly any surface without needing to take their hands off the control levers.

There are four two-way hydraulic functions including left side up/down; right side up/down; blade rotation left/right and blade side shift left/right.

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