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Old 06-12-2014, 04:47 PM
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Will be renting a Bobcat in a few days to spread 75 ton of stone around my property, anyone have any advice on using one (Bobcat), what to/not to do?
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First time? Should be interesting, get someone to video tape.

In all seriousness if you are just spreading rock shouldn't be a big deal at all.

Just watch out for inclines.
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First time? Should be interesting, get someone to video tape.

In all seriousness if you are just spreading rock shouldn't be a big deal at all.

Just watch out for inclines.
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Originally Posted by JCM 1420 View Post
First time? Should be interesting, get someone to video tape.

In all seriousness if you are just spreading rock shouldn't be a big deal at all.

Just watch out for inclines.
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Stay away from the bulkhead!
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:15 PM
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Get one with tracks. You will ruin any grass you even think about looking at while in a bobcat anyways. Think smooth, ease the controls slowly, and if you start bouncing/jerking around violently just let go of the sticks. Bobcats are awesome but they can be mean as hell. If you are just spreading stone try to get one with a flat scraper blade instead of teeth. They are pretty easy to use once you get the hang of them though. Good luck!
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Get one with tracks. You will ruin any grass you even think about looking at while in a bobcat anyways. Think smooth, ease the controls slowly, and if you start bouncing/jerking around violently just let go of the sticks. Bobcats are awesome but they can be mean as hell. If you are just spreading stone try to get one with a flat scraper blade instead of teeth. They are pretty easy to use once you get the hang of them though. Good luck!
GO SLOW... An old operator always told me smooth is fast and for a rookie smooth is going to mean slow... Confusing way to out it I know, but basically If you try to go like a bat out of hell you will be bouncing and jerking around.
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Rented one for the first time last fall. Had a blast. It'll come easy to you. My first mistake was raising the bucket overhead with a load of gravel. Still figuring the controls out, I tilted the bucket back and dumped half the load on top of the cab. Good times!

By the next day I had it all figured out. Flying around the yard I mistakenly dug the bucket into the ground. Stopped on a dime. Ouch, that overhead padding is there for a reason.

Overall, really enjoyable. And yes, I did mount the go pro on it
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Not to mention they don't have enough counterweight, if you are hauling ass with a full bucket of rock and hit any bump you will go over froward, I mean you will only go as far as the bucket but it'll hurt your ribs and scare you.
I've operated a lot of heavy equipment, I'm pretty damn good at it too, bit nothing has made my butthole pucker up as bad, and as often as a bobcat.
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I've operated a lot of heavy equipment, I'm pretty damn good at it too, bit nothing has made my butthole pucker up as bad, and as often as a bobcat.[/QUOTE]

Yup, me too. I own a Bobcat but don't spend much time on it anymore. It's just a learning curve, find an open area and practice for a bit, get the sticks down first, then the pedals. You'll be fine, have fun.
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Have to be very careful around the waters edge!!! If you go in forward there is no getting out of the cab
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Learn to "float" the bucket, too.
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Get one with tracks. You will ruin any grass you even think about looking at while in a bobcat anyways. Think smooth, ease the controls slowly, and if you start bouncing/jerking around violently just let go of the sticks. Bobcats are awesome but they can be mean as hell. If you are just spreading stone try to get one with a flat scraper blade instead of teeth. They are pretty easy to use once you get the hang of them though. Good luck!
This...without a doubt.^^^^^^^ Lots of rental places have tracked units.

Your kidneys will thank you.

Can you rent a CAT with tracks?

And wear earmuffs....and tell EVERYBODY to stay clear of the machine.....WAY clear!!!!
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Wow, a ton of advice in a few minutes time, thanks. I'll be extra careful around the bulkhead so that I don't go over. As for any grass I have, I hope to tear it all up with the Bobcat cause I no longer want it. (Reason for the stone)

I did spray grass/weed killer the past 2 weeks killing everything but ripping it out and mashing it down can't hurt.

Cars will be parked across the street and no kids around. Thanks again, I plan on the slow go with such a small wheel base, a bucket full of stone and a bumpy lot.
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Just went through this 2 weeks ago and can say what I learned was to keep the throttle on low for most of your work unless the machine is struggling to drive into/lift material. It's much easier for laymen like us to drive on low and it'll do less damage to the areas of your yard where you don't want damage done.

Second, you'll be surprised at just how much damage will be done to the soft ground when you turn sharp with a tracked vehicle.

Be aware of overhead stuff like tree branches!

Don't lift the bucket too high or you'll be wearing some of what's in the bucket. That'll hurt with rocks.

Have fun, it's a blast!
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I've spread plenty of stone and a front end loader with a floating bucket would do the job a whole lot easier it you can get one.
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Enclosed cab with AC wouldn't be bad either.
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