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Bobcat 3D Grade Control

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The custom Trimble GCS900 3D grade control system for use with Bobcat 96- and 108-inch heavy-duty grader attachments gives the ability to work on complex projects that require digital designs and 3D machine control. The system allows operators to work at higher speeds without losing accuracy, increases valve responses and is a more robust grading solution. The 3D grading system allows less rework, less staking and checking, lower operating costs, improved material usage and faster job cycles. Controller Area Network (CAN) harnesses allow sensors to be moved from machine to machine. The system boasts a robust exterior that has been designed from the ground up to withstand tough jobsites. The 3D system can be used with following M-Series loaders: the S750 through S850 skid-steer loaders; T650 through T870 compact track loaders; and the A770 all-wheel steer loader. A deluxe instrumentation panel is required for M-Series loaders in order to use the 3D system. Better accuracy and ergonomic fingertip controls are two benefits of the 3D-ready kit. The 3D system works off of elevation coordinates set up around the jobsite, giving operators the ability to grade valleys, ditches and contours. This system can display point data, machine diagnostics and jobsite progress live from the field to an office computer. The Bobcat 3D-ready system requires the use of a 3D-sensor kit and a 3D-harness kit, available for sale through a local Bobcat compact equipment dealer.



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