SAFETY first is the theme of the new remote control system for its handlers from specialist manufacturer, Bobcat.

Specifically for the company’s market-leading range of compact loaders, the new set-up mimics the popular quick-change Bob-Tach attachment mounting system, and is a plug and play system comprising an easily portable and industrial radio remote control solution.

The system can be mounted and dismounted on machines quickly, leaving behind the standard machine in its original form. It aims to increase safety, comfort and productivity by distancing the operator from dust, noise, vibrations and other hazards encountered on job sites that require special safety precautions.

For increased safety, the system also features an emergency stop button and drop and tilt detection. It 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.

With trenchers and wheelsaws, where the operator specifically needs to drive backwards with the loader, this solution offers perfect visibility of the project and also allows operators to talk face-to-face with project partners and manage the surroundings (verbally or non-verbally) at the same time.

Other applications include demolition environments with poor air quality and distracting noise, where the remote system gives the operator the ability to do work from a distance, free from dirt, dust and noise.

Installed in a matter of minutes it is compatible with Bobcat skid-steer, compact track and all-wheel-steer loader models equipped with the company’s selectable joystick controls.

“After comprehensive testing and licensing of the new remote control system, Bobcat is the first company to provide an attachment product of this type as original ‘Plug and Play’ equipment, rather than offering it as an add-on development from a third party,” said Alastair Jones, Bobcat's attachments district manager for the UK.

For added security, 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. There is also speed management control to ensure easier operation in certain applications (such as trenching, tilling, scarifying and so on).