Extendable Arm on Bobcats

Published in the April 2012 Issue Published online: Apr 13, 2012

Bobcat brings innovation to compact equipment with the introduction

of a new extendable arm option for the M-Series E55 compact excavator.

The extendable arm is a telescoping arm that provides the best of both worlds-power and reach. The new extendable arm option provides an additional 30 inches of reach, when fully extended. The new option is also the first extendable arm for compact excavators in this size class that allows the use of the hydraulic clamp and Hydraulic X-Change attachment mounting system.


Clamp Capability

The new extendable arm option also allows for the use of a hydraulic clamp, something not possible with any compact excavator extendable arm on the market. The clamp capability is a perfect solution for contractors wanting to pick up and place material such as rocks, landscaping materials and debris in site preparation applications.

The extendable arm cylinder is operated through a rocker style thumb switch located on the joystick. This allows for fast and simple movements for extending and retracting the arm. At full extension, the overall length of the arm also simplifies the task of creating flat-bottom trenches for water and sewer utility installations.

The extendable arm maintains the versatility of operating attachments. A unique retention pin holds the arm in the retracted position, allowing use of up to16 different attachments. Bobcat's extendable arm also accommodates the optional Hydraulic X-Change mounting system, which allows for even faster attachment changes.