How Can a Bobcat Help Make Your Landscaping Project Easier?

From land-levelling, lifting, light excavation, ground preparation and debris removal, a Bobcat loader can do it all. However, Bobcat loaders are incredibly powerful and versatile machines that can do so much more than just dig dirt, especially with the right attachments. At Bittern Garden Supplies, we are the leading place for Bobcat hire on the Mornington Peninsula . From large commercial sites to small residential backyards, here’s a few ways a Bobcat can help with your landscaping job and a couple of handy operating tips for maximum safety and efficiency.

Tree Removal

While a Bobcat can help you move and load dirt when gardening, it can also allow you to easily rip through hard and soft trees with the Bobcat forestry cutter attachment. This convenient attachment turns trees and underbrush from unsightly overgrowth to mulch. The compact size of the forestry cutter allows for any type of tree removal job, whether clearing every tree in an area or selectively thinning sections.

Site Clearing

Cut overgrown grass, brush and small trees with Bobcat and rotary cutter attachment. You can transform undergrowth into mulch, and clear trails and pathways or new construction sites. Rotary cutters have a standard 3-inch cutting height and are compatible with most Bobcat skid steers.

Soil Grading

For many years, grading was done precisely without heavy equipment. So, it doesn’t take huge machinery to accomplish this job, you only need to be able to operate a Bobcat. Start in a level spot that is close to the desired grade. Shift the bucket so the bottom is parallel to the ground and then lower the bucket down until it is a couple of inches off the dirt. Drive forward slowly and begin to cut into the high spots. The Bobcat will commonly bog down as it hits a really high spot, just back up, raise the bucket and move forward again.

Tips for Operating a Bobcat

Instead of a steering wheel, the Bobcat skid steer is operated with two joysticks. One moves the machine forward or backward and turns it. The other lifts and lowers the bucket and controls its tilt. Here are a few handy tips to ensure optimum safety and performance:

  • Always remember to pull the safety roll bar down when inside the cab
  • Always remember to turn the parking brake off before using the machine and back on when finished
  • Always have a good look at the surroundings before entering the cab – it is difficult to see beside and behind the machine while operating
  • Do not overload the bucket – always check the weight capacity of the bucket to avoid this error
  • Always evenly distribute the load in the attachment to avoid tipping
  • Always carry loads as low as possible while turning and moving about – if a full bucket is carried too high or above the cab, the weight distribution becomes off and you run the risk of tipping the machine
  • Though you can pivot 360 degrees, it doesn’t always mean you should – skids can tear up grass and soil that could have remained smooth. Instead, opt for a three-point turn when possible.

For your next landscaping project consider a Bobcat skid steer for its manoeuvrability and versatility. Whether it’s moving boulders into place, clearing dirt or levelling a site, Bittern Garden Supplies Bobcat hire on the Mornington Peninsula is the practical and affordable choice. Call us today on 5983 9779 or get in touch with us online for more information.