First Bobcat MaxControl System in UK put to work with J H Fencing
J H Fencing Contractor Ltd, based in Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, has purchased the first Bobcat MaxControl Remote Control system in the UK from Bedale-based Grays Machinery Ltd, the local Authorised Bobcat Dealer.
J H Fencing is using the MaxControl system to remotely control the company’s Bobcat T450 compact track loader, also supplied by Grays Machinery at the end of last year.
MaxControl Perfect for the Application
Jack Hampshire, owner of J H Fencing, said: “The MaxControl system is perfect for remote control of the Bobcat T450 equipped with our post knocker attachment, which we use to install fence posts at a fixed distance apart. I use the MaxControl system on my iphone to move the machine and attachment from one installation point to another, positioning the machine exactly where it is needed.
“As well as allowing me to do the fence installation work by myself from outside the machine, the MaxControl system gives me a perfect view of all the work area. This means I require less staff and it also greatly increases work efficiency, being able to load and unload more safely and to possibly operate in places where I may have felt less comfortable inside the loader. As a result, I am finishing work in around two-thirds of the time, taking 2-3 hours off a 10-hour day.”
Bobcat MaxControl is a new hardware kit, combined with an iOS application, with easy touch controls that are designed for smartphones, so that remote control using the system is just as intuitive as using a phone app. MaxControl is available now on iOS devices, but an Android version will be available shortly.
With MaxControl, owners of Bobcat loaders do not need the latest machine like the T450 at J H Fencing or costly hardware updates to enjoy remote control. The system is already compatible with all Bobcat loaders with Selectable Joystick Controls (SJC) dating as far back as 2004. As a result, the MaxControl system provides a new widely applicable remote-control solution for use in many markets including construction, demolition, agriculture, landscaping, cleaning, recycling and general lifting and handling.
New Bobcat T450 Provides Many Advantages
Jack Hampshire added: “I purchased the T450 from Grays for its compact size and operating weight of only 2961 kg, combined with the low ground pressure and high traction provided by the durable tracks on the machine to work in all conditions. Another very attractive feature of the T450 is it is fully towable and, with a width of under 1.4 m on 300 mm tracks, the T450 can pass through even the narrowest gates on farms and elsewhere, which is perfect for our work creating new equine arenas and other fencing applications.
“The T450 may be a compact machine but it provides all the power we need for our work – it is driven by the well-proven Bobcat D24 Stage V high torque diesel engine providing 41.0 kW (55 HP) of power and combines this with an impressive tipping load and a rated operating capacity of 2049 kg and 717 kg, respectively.”
When lifting and carrying large loads, the use of MaxControl eliminates blind spots in front of the load and raises awareness of the surrounding environment. Being outside the cab also allows for face-to-face communication with co-workers on site, enabling faster organization of the work. Operators may never know in advance when remote operation will come in handy, but with MaxControl on the phone in their pocket, they are always ready for any challenges that can arise.
Remote Operation Always at Your Fingertips
Jack Hampshire added: “The set-up is child’s play and very intuitive. You simply connect the device to the machine via the joystick control and a remote dashboard form and is displayed on the smartphone. Thanks to this flexibility, I can simply start the machine, pull out my mobile phone and control the machine remotely. Switching back to manual driving is just as quick. It is easy and intuitive to use and has a range of up to 100 m. Being based on an app, I know I can also get the newest features the moment they are available.
“With MaxControl installed on the T450, it allows us to combine jobs without having to jump in and out of the loader’s cab. Being able to operate outside the cab provides a different angle of view, helping new and even less experienced operators in tight areas.”
Grays Machinery – Authorised Bobcat Dealer
As the dedicated Bobcat Authorised Dealer for North and West Yorkshire in the UK, Grays Machinery has sole responsibility in its area for sales and service of the market-leading range of Bobcat skid-steer and compact track loaders, mini-excavators, telehandlers, compact wheel loaders, light compaction and attachments.
As well as the entire Bobcat range, Grays also offers a full selection of genuine Bobcat accessories and parts to support both new and existing Bobcat customers in its area. This is backed up by a stock of both brand new and second-hand Bobcat machines for sale. Customers also benefit from Grays’ on-site service network, covering everything from emergency repairs to routine maintenance.