Bobcat Loader Radio Remote Control System

Staff | September 28, 2010

Bobcat Company introduces the innovative Bobcat® loader radio remote control system that enhances the capabilities of Bobcat skid-steer and compact track loaders with selectable joystick controls (SJC) and Bobcat all-wheel steer (AWS) loaders, offering a simple solution for customers who want to operate their loader remotely.

Operators can start the loader engine and operate the drive, lift, tilt, and auxiliary hydraulic functions from approximately 1,500 feet away with the radio remote control transmitter. The transmitter joystick controls activate the loader's joystick controls in the ISO control pattern. The system is operable for up to 15 hours on a rechargeable battery. In addition to being able to use the system in various climate conditions, operators can easily switch between "remote" control mode and "machine/direct" control mode.

Concrete demolition, asphalt planing, firebreak construction, stump removal, and poultry barn cleanup are just a few applications in which customers could utilize the Bobcat loader radio remote control system.

Operators can easily attach the system to remote control-ready loaders. They simply attach the receiver and E-stop box to the machine using included attached magnets. Then, they connect the harness, remove the rear window (or install the Rear Window External Removal Kit), attach the Remote Ready Identification Tag, and the machine is ready to be operated remotely.

The Bobcat loader radio remote control system is also portable, so customers with multiple machines in their fleet can quickly transfer the system from one Bobcat loader to another. The loader's internal controllers must be programmed with the correct software version for the radio remote control system to function correctly.

Some safety features include red-colored emergency stop buttons located on the transmitter along with an E-stop box that is affixed to the rear of the loader; flashing green and amber strobe lights and horn for start-up and operation; and a transmitter guard bar that provides protection against bumping or damaging the control and also connects to shoulder and waist straps to position the transmitter in a comfortable position for the operation of the controls.