Combine a skid steer loader with a utility vehicle (UV) and you get a Toolcat. Bobcat just introduced the 5600 Toolcat as the first in its new line of equipment called “utility work machines,” which look like skid-steer loaders with UV beds on the back.

The Toolcat offers considerably more versatility than a skid-steer loader. Equipped with a 44-hp Kubota engine, the vehicle features all-wheel steering and 4-wd. It maneuvers well in all conditions, from mud and snow to turf and grass. Its tight 17-ft. outside turn diameter still makes it highly maneuverable in confined areas.

The new vehicle cruises at 18 mph with a two-speed hydrostatic drive system that can be shifted on the fly. The suspension system allows flex and axle oscillation to increase pushing force and aid implement performance.

Customer feedback

The Toolcat line represents three years of planning and development at the West Fargo, ND, company. Bobcat officials say they designed the unique vehicle after customers asked for a more versatile skid-steer loader that could handle several jobs, such as mowing, snow removal, ground leveling, lifting pallets, fencing, hauling supplies and carrying a passenger. They also wanted 4-wd and faster ground speeds.

UV controls

The Toolcat's cab has room for a passenger and features controls found in UVs, such as a speedometer, cruise control, steering wheel and joystick for the loader.

In the back, the Toolcat's box will hold 2,000 lbs. and a 2-in. receiver hitch to pull a trailer.

Price: $30,000. Contact Bobcat Co., Dept. FIN, 250 E. Beaton Dr., West Fargo, ND 58078, 701/241-8700, visit www.bobcat.com/toolcat or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.