Productivity and safety should always be a top priority with equipment owners. Becoming a proficient operator takes knowledge, skill and good judgment. Bobcat Company provides a wide range of training resources to help you, your employees or your customers become a safe and productive operator of Bobcat® compact equipment.
Start with what’s on the product – decals, manuals and handbooks.
All Bobcat machines, and most attachments, are supplied with safety signs, instructional decals and an Operation & Maintenance Manual that provide safety and instructional information important for every operator to review and understand. Even if someone has been operating equipment for years, it’s always important to know the details of the particular machine they’re going to be operating so make sure the operator reads and understands these materials before operating.
Then there’s the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Safety Manual included in the literature package for most Bobcat machines and some attachments. This industry publication can point out some basic safety situations which may be encountered during normal operation and maintenance. Replacement or additional AEM Safety Manuals are available.
Bobcat takes on-product instructions a step further with an exclusive Operator’s Handbook on most products. These handbooks are printed with special UV-resistant ink on Tyvek® paper. They’re “Bobcat tough” and tethered to the machine with a steel cable and a bolt so they are always available as a reference for the operator while in the operator area.
Add some media to your training – safety videos on DVD or online
Visual aids can be a helpful training tool. Bobcat offers safety videos for many of its products and they’re all available in English or Spanish. These 10 to 15 minute videos demonstrate the instructional elements as they’re covered.
There’s more than one way to get to these free online videos too. Bobcat Company has created Quick Response (QR) codes that link to them by using a Smart Phone or Tablet with an appropriate scanner application (APP) installed. These QR Codes can be found on the covers of Bobcat Operation & Maintenance Manuals, the cover of Operator Training Course Kits and on a unique poster that has been created to help customers get to these videos conveniently. Look for these QR Codes on other Bobcat materials and products coming soon!
Formalize it with classroom and hands-on activities – operator training courses.
If you have a group of operators to train or want a more formalized approach of an instructor led course that includes three key elements … Video, Classroom Exercises and Hands-On Operation; then Bobcat Operator Training Courses are the ticket! These courses are intended to impart rules and practices of safe operation. They contain material elements such as an Administrator’s Guide, Course Handbook, Video, Completion Certificates and Wallet Cards.
There are 9 operator training course kits available for purchase online or through your local Bobcat dealer:
- Skid-steer loader: English and Spanish
- Compact excavator: English and Spanish
- Toolcat® utility work machine: English and Spanish
- Compact tractor: English
- VersaHANDLER® telescopic tool carrier (telehandler): English
- Utility vehicle: English
- Backhoe attachment: English and Spanish
- Planer attachment: English
- Loader radio remote control system: English
Materials for Service or Maintenance Work – Service Safety Training Courses & Maintenance Videos
Bobcat Company offers Service Safety Training Course kits for skid steer loaders and compact excavators.
A maintenance video for Bobcat forestry cutter attachments is also available.
Rental Operation Specific Materials – Rent-It-Safely Brochures
If you’re in the business of renting Bobcat equipment, Bobcat’s Rent-It-Safely brochures can supplement the other training resources discussed above. These full-color brochures review the proper use of Bobcat equipment consistent with the detailed instructions provided. They’re FREE of charge to rental centers that use and maintain Bobcat equipment. PDF copies of these brochures are also available.
Professionally Prepared and Reviewed
All of the safety and training resources listed above are prepared by Bobcat product experts who ensure operators understand how to efficiently and safely operate equipment.
Doing your job well and doing it safely is the mark of a professional. No matter what your training needs are, no one in the industry offers this wide range of resources to fit your situation and that’s … A BOBCAT ADVANTAGE!!
For additional information, visit Bobcat’s online training and safety resource site.