How To Operate A Bobcat

Start the Bobcat

  1. Enter the bobcat carefully, using the handles located on the front of the cab.
  2. Next, pull the safety roll cage down.
  3. Turn the key one position to the right and listen for the beep.
  4. In the upper left corner, turn the parking brake off by pushing the toggle switch to the off position.
  5. Back on the right side, turn the key to the “On” position.
  6. On the left side, press the green operator button to release the machine for use.

Operating the Bobcat

  1. Locate the left and right foot controls that operate the bucket.
  2. In order to steer the machine, there are control arms on the right and the left. The right arm control moves the right tires. The left arm control moves the left tires. Use both left and right arm controls together at the same time to move the machine forward and backward.

Turning Off the Bobcat

  1. Turn the key, located on the top right, to the “Stop” or “Off” position
  2. Set your parking brake on.
  3. Lift the roll cage up.
  4. Using the handles, safely exit the machine.

Safety When Operating The Bobcat

  1. Check your surroundings before and during operating.  It is difficult to see behind and to the sides of the machine, once you are inside of the cab.  Make sure that you know what is behind you before you backup. You certainly don’t want to injury someone or something. 
  2. Do not overload the bucket.  Different machines have different weight capacities.  Check the operator manual (or ask the experts at Bradley Rentals) for details.
  3. Evenly distribute the load on the attachment so the loader doesn’t tip over.
  4. Lift loads slowly and evenly to keep the loader stable. You certainly don’t want to tip over.
  5. Carry loads close to the ground, yet high enough to clear obstacles. When a load is carried too high, skid steer loaders are more likely to tip. It is especially important to carry the load as low as possible when turning, carrying a heavy load, traveling on a slope, or operating on rough surfaces.
  6. Drive up and down hills, not across them. Drive slowly on slopes.
  7. Wear proper safety protection.  


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