Bobcat remote control - A new way of working in Spain
The main business area of Vitrac Obra Pública is earthmoving, from small excavations to large earthworks anywhere on the island of Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands in Spain. The company also carries out civil works contracts for both private developers and public administrations. Vitrac has the most modern machinery fleet on the island and is committed to constant renewal of the fleet to offer its customers the best technology on the market.
In line with this commitment, Vitrac is now the first company not only in the Balearics, but also in Spain as a whole, to use the new Bobcat remote control system for compact loaders. Supplied by ITT Compañía Maquinaria 93, the Authorised Bobcat dealer for the Balearic Islands, the remote control system has been used for the first time on a brand new Bobcat T770 compact track loader equipped with a Bobcat WS32 wheel saw attachment.
Better Visibility, Greater Control and Fewer Incidents
A spokesperson for Vitrac Obra Pública said: “When making trenches, the remote control gives us better visibility of the work area and greater control of the environment in which we work. We can carry out the work more quickly with just one operator and there are fewer delays. Thanks to the external positioning of the operator who controls the loader, the attachment, as well as the entire environment, the quality of the finish is improved as well as the safety of the works. The remote control is also very simple to install on the loader, which means that the operator does not waste any time.
“We are very pleased with the remote control system which has given us a new way of working and greater flexibility. The combination of the T770 compact loader, the wheel saw and the Bobcat remote control gives us increased stability and safety and provides us with a panoramic view that we could not get with other equipment. In addition, thanks to the Bobcat T770 loader and the new attachments, we can carry out other types of work that up to now we could not do, such as pipelining in public works."
Simple, Easy-to-Use Design
All Bobcat compact loaders are equipped with the quick-change Bob-Tach attachment mounting system, facilitating the quick and safe interchange of over 80 different types of Bobcat attachment. The new Remote Control System has been designed in the same way – it is a plug and play system comprising an easily portable and industrial radio remote control solution that can be mounted and dismounted on machines in only two minutes. To watch the remote control system in action, click on this link https://youtu.be/nNUI9Ve0Prc
Remote control aims to increase visibility, comfort and productivity by distancing the operator from dust, noise, vibrations and other hazards encountered on job sites that require special safety precautions. The Bobcat Remote Control System allows direct sight of the work in progress, further increasing the versatility of the loader and a comprehensive range of attachments including angle brooms, augers, breakers, buckets and snow blowers.
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 system provides most of the functions that can be performed via direct loader operation, including throttle, light, creep and float controls. The system is very intuitive to use and the training for end users is always provided by Bobcat dealers.
The Remote Control System is supplied with two exchangeable batteries offering a long 20-hour battery life. The protective rugged and weatherproof case ensures it is easier to transport from one job site to another.
The latest addition to the Vitrac fleet, the new Bobcat T770 compact track loader is a vertical lift model offering optimum lifting capacity and reach. The T770 is powerful and robust, with high breakout forces and operating capacities, shorter cycles, faster turns and very suitable for working with attachments thanks to its high hydraulic flow.
The Vitrac T770 is generally equipped with a powerful Bobcat WS32 wheel saw attachment for trenching work. The wheel saw cuts through asphalt, concrete and other hard materials with more precision than pneumatic hammers. It is ideal for repairing roads and for laying water, gas, electric and fibre optic services in trenches.
The WS32 model has a fixed cut width of 250 mm while the depth can be graduated between 450 and 800 mm. With a height of 1802 mm, a width of 1650 mm and a length of 2386 mm, the WS32 has a maximum wheel turning speed of 95 rpm. It is easier to transport than specialized trenching machines and the user can assemble it quickly.
In addition to the T770 loader, Vitrac has Bobcat S530 and S570 skid-steer loaders and Bobcat E17z and E50 mini-excavators, with which it can share other attachments, which gives the company great versatility and cost savings in not having machines that are only specific for certain jobs.