Stronger Slewing: Bobcat vs. Other Excavator Brands

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When you’re digging on a slope, slew force is the power you need to swing your excavator. It also determines how quickly you can move material back into your trench. Bobcat® compact (mini) excavators are designed to deliver the most slewing force. Caterpillar®, John Deere®, and Kubota® try to match it, but they fall short. Only Bobcat delivers the industry’s best slewing force.

We tested each machine by securing a load cell between a floor anchor and each excavator’s bucket, slewing force could be accurately measured. The Bobcat E35 compact (mini) excavator delivered the most slewing force at 735 lb., followed by the Bobcat E35i with 695 lb. Kubota® delivered 561 lb. of force, while Caterpillar® measured at 541 lb. John Deere® disappointed with just 504 lb. of slewing force. Overall, Bobcat excavators measured 24-46 percent more slewing power than other brands.

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