REMOTE-CONTROL SKID STEER: The idea of a remote-control system for a skid-steer loader isn’t new. The industry has had the tool for some time; there are situations where it make sense for the driver to be outside the machine. Bobcat, a division of Doosan, which was at the show, shared the MaxControl platform, which takes the bulky system for remote control and puts it in a smartphone. Remote control for a skid steer on the farm? Consider one case shared by Lincoln Voss of Bobcat: “If you’re putting in fence posts, you usually have two people, one to drill the hole and another to place it; or if you work alone, you drill the hole, get out, place the post, get back in. With this, you can be outside the skid steer, drill the posthole, place the post and keep moving.”
The smartphone-based approach is less expensive, too, costing just $2,000. The company plans more features, including object avoidance and programmed navigation (for repetitive tasks), in the future. The tool is actually backward-compatible to skid steers built as early as 2004, provided they use drive-by-wire systems. Check with your Bobcat dealer for more information. Learn more at bobcat.com.