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The Bobcat name is closely associated with skid steer loaders - so closely, in fact, that many people use the Bobcat name generically to refer to all brands of skid steers (sort of like the way people say Kleenex when they really mean tissue).

Although Bobcat is really one of about 10 major skid steer makers, the company has built a solid reputation in the construction and farming industries. Bobcat machines are lauded for reliability, performance and advanced features.

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About Bobcat Skid Steer Loaders

Bobcat makes more than a dozen models of skid steer loaders, including the S-Series and the newer M-Series. There are compact skid steers designed to fit in tight spaces and large, rugged machines designed for tough terrain.

Rated operating capacity (SAE) - which is equal to 50 percent of the tipping load under ideal conditions - ranges from 700-3,950 pounds. Operating weight ranges from 2,795-10,000 pounds.

Bobcat skid steers are available with lots of optional features. Some of your choices include:

  • Standard wheelbase models that are highly maneuverable or smooth-riding long wheelbase models
  • A radius lift path (forward reach) or vertical lift path (most efficient)
  • Open-air cabs or comfort cabs with heating and air conditioning
  • Standard foot pedals, H-pattern hand controls or joystick controls
  • About 70 attachments, including backhoes, augers, buckets, chippers, dozer blades and concrete mixers
Bobcat Skid Steer Loader Costs

Bobcat Skid Steer Loader Prices

In part, skid steer loaders are popular because of the price. Compared to other types of heavy equipment, the price is fairly low, generally ranging from about $20,000 to $60,000, depending on size, features and attachments.

Bobcat does not publish its skid steer prices, but the cost of skid steers is pretty consistent from one brand to the next.

  • The smallest machines (operating capacity of around 1,400 pounds or less) cost about $20,000.
  • A 1,600-pound capacity skid steer might cost $20,000 $25,000.
  • For a 2,000-pound machine, budget about $30,000-$35,000.
  • The largest machines (3,000 pounds of capacity or more) can cost $60,000 or more, but the average price is closer to $40,000.

If you’re on a tight budget, consider buying a used Bobcat skid steer. The average skid steer will get at least 5,000 hours of use (and often many m0re), so a machine with 1,000 or 1,500 hours logged still has a very long life ahead.

  • A 2011 Bobcat S185 with 300 hours and an operating capacity of 1,850 pounds might sell for $21,000-$24,000.
  • A 2007 Bobcat S330 with 1,500 hours and a 3,300-pound capacity might sell for around $30,000-$32,000.
  • A 1995 Bobcat 753G (no longer in production) with a 1,300-pound capacity and 6,200 hours might sell for $7,000-$8,000.

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