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UKs first RC Bobcat loader in demolition

by Kyle Molyneux  |  Wed 11 Dec 2019

UKs first RC Bobcat loader in demolition

The UK’s first Bobcat Remote Control compact loader is operating on a major demolition contract in London. Purchased by BooBoo Plant Hire, based in Kings Langley, and supplied by Bobcat of London, the local Authorised Bobcat dealer, the Remote Control S450 skid-steer loader is working on the top-down demolition of a former wing of the Whittington Hospital in Upper Holloway in North London, being carried out by main contractor, Kent-based Erith.

Bobcat of London supplied the S450 with a kit for the Bobcat Remote Control System. Installed in a matter of minutes, the Remote Control System allows the operator to leave the seat in the cab of the S450 and control it remotely whilst maintaining full visibility and safety. Compatible with any Bobcat skid-steer, compact track and all-wheel steer loader equipped with the company’s Selectable Joystick Controls, the Remote Control System can be quickly removed, leaving the standard machine in its original form.

The new Remote Control System is a plug-and-play system comprising an easily portable and industrial radio remote control solution that can be mounted and dismounted on machines very quickly. Every remote-control kit is protected by a dedicated password, with two-way communication providing all the important information about the loader (such as fuel and oil status, warnings, etc.) on a 3.5-inch, transflective colour backlit LCD display.

The Bobcat Remote Control System provides most of the functions that can be performed via direct loader operation, including throttle, light, creep and float controls. There is also speed management control to ensure easier operation in certain applications (such as trenching, tilling and scarifying). The kit includes two exchangeable batteries offering a 20-hour battery life, and a protective case ensures it is easier to transport from one job site to another.

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