It sounds like something that was under the Christmas tree that you saw opened by the little machinery fan in your family, but Bobcat has made the full-size remote control skid steer a reality. It’s not a toy, but rather a system to improve labor efficiency and safety.
The company says the system was developed for applications such as operating planers and wheel saws; one person helps guide the placement of the attachment using hand signals, while the other operates the loader. And the operator is exposed to noise and dust created by the attachments.
Instead, the Bobcat Loader Radio Remote Control System offers a method of loader operation, with a remote control. A control box is attached to a harness warn by the operator who can stand away within viewing distance of the machine but outside of the work area
The company has a list of approved environments for using this technology and includes military applications, concrete applications, demolition, highway and asphalt planing, fire breaks, stump removal, poultry barns, shipping yards, nuclear power plants, foundries, mining, chemical plants and municipalities.
The system is compatible with more than three dozen approved loader attachments.
The remote control transmitter has a battery life of up to 15 hours, and it is installed with a safety feature so that if it’s tilted more than 45, the loader engine shuts off.
You can find out more here: www.bobcat.com/remote