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com

Excavating
specialists
make a comeback
in Florida

T590 excels at grading and excavating

NEW Contest winner announced

FEATURE A day on the farm


ABOUT THE COVER

CONTENTS MJ Land Development operates


one of its new Bobcat E42 excavators
at a new residential jobsite.

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FALL 2013 • BOBCAT.COM • VOL. 37, NO. 4

STAFF
}EDITOR
Ryan Johnson
}ART DIRECTOR
Emily Shendelman

6 28 }GRAPHIC DESIGNERS
Laura Stewart, Caren Hemann and Dana Van Woert
}PHOTO EDITOR

4 A SAMPLE OF BOBCAT 19 MAKING A COMEBACK Chad Halverson


SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS Two grading and excavating }PRODUCTION COORDINATORS
Check out what Bobcat fans customers who struggled to keep Alicia Price and Stacie Hansen
are saying on Facebook. their businesses going through
the Great Recession are seeing a }PRINT PRODUCTION MANAGER
5 CREATE AND CONSERVE HABITAT turnaround in the Florida economy. Melissa Alto-Kintigh
EVENT CONTEST COVERAGE Both companies have recently
}DEALER COORDINATORS
Read about the contest winner. purchased new M-Series T590
compact track loaders. Kali Andersen and Stephanie Heckroth

SUCCESS STORIES 24 GENERAL EXCAVATING


}CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
Paul Posel and Randy Happel
An economic redevelopment in
6 CENTRAL CABLE CONTRACTORS downtown Lincoln, Neb., benefits }CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS
For underground utility projects from the use of Bobcat compact Ernest Feland, Van Garmon III and Brett Neal
in urban or residential areas, a equipment, both skid-steer loaders
Wisconsin-based cable installer and excavators.
switched from operating tractor WorkSaver® magazine is distributed by your local Bobcat
loader backhoes to more efficient 26 BUTLER POOL AND SPA
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United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea
Bobcat® compact excavators. What started with an emergency and the Pacific Islands. It is published four times per year by
phone call to a local Bobcat dealer Bobcat Company, P.O. Box 6000, West Fargo, ND 58078.
8 RONALD CLINE TRENCHING turned into a success story for a
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AND LANDSCAPING Bobcat® and the Bobcat logo are registered trademarks
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9 TERRY PETERSON FARMS Bobcat compact loaders has paid © 2013 Bobcat Company. All rights reserved.
For dairy farmer Terry Peterson, dividends for owner Chris Brooks
Bobcat is the only brand of skid- and his North Carolina construction
steer loaders that he’ll purchase. and landscaping company.
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This past summer, Bobcat Company sponsored a new contest called


the Create and Conserve Habitat Event. The winner was selected
in September and participated in a wildlife land makeover with Rick NEW AEM SAFETY E-BOOKS
and Julie Kreuter, co-hosts of “Beyond the Hunt” on the Outdoor JOIN UPDATED PRINT MANUALS
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(AEM) has extensively updated its popular
issue, expected to arrive in homes around January 15. skid-steer loader safety manual and now also
offers e-book versions in English and Spanish.
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has been rewritten and the graphics have
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For many years, the Bobcat Pause If you’ve ever wondered about the contains several key additions, including new
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a precursor to social media. A revised stories, a photo album will be available
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CONTEST WINNER

HABITAT event winner JAY PRIER, MONDAMIN, IOWA

THE WINNERS OF BOBCAT COMPANY’S INAUGURAL 2013 CREATE AND


CONSERVE HABITAT EVENT ARE JAY AND SAMANTHA PRIER OF MONDAMIN, IOWA

Jay Prier submitted his entry with a catch for area wildlife and leveling part of
detailed list of improvements that he the property and hauling material.
wants to make to a portion of his Look for a feature article with pictures
120 acres, located in Harrison County, from the installation in the next issue of
not far from the Loess Hills State Forest. WorkSaver® magazine, the Winter 2014
Along with Rick and Julie Kreuter from issue, which should arrive in homes
TV’s Beyond the Hunt, on the Outdoor around January 15th. You can also review
Channel, Prier and Bobcat Company Bobcat social media channels for pictures
ABOVE: Bobcat Company employee Robert
employees transformed Prier’s land into a and details.
Gilles (left), Beyond the Hunt star Rick Kreuter habitat to attract wildlife. Plans included Visit bobcat.com/CreateandConserve to see
and contest winner Jay Prier. land clearing and site development for pictures from this year’s entrants.
trails and food sources, building a rain

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FALL 2013 WORKSAVER


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CENTRAL CABLE CONTRACTORS

A more efficient way to work


UNDERGROUND CABLE INSTALLATION
COMPANY SWITCHES FROM TRACTOR
LOADER BACKHOES TO COMPACT
EXCAVATORS FOR IMPROVED
PERFORMANCE ON URBAN
CONSTRUCTION SITES

6 WORKSAVER FALL 2013


While Dale Jansen didn’t shout “eureka” at the time, the
discovery of what a Bobcat® compact excavator could do for OUR FIRST BOBCAT EXCAVATOR
his company turned out to be as good as gold for Central Cable TURNED OUT TO BE POWERFUL,
Contractors and its employees.
SMOOTH, EASY TO MAINTAIN
Jansen is president of Central Cable Contractors, Waupun, AND VERY PRODUCTIVE. IT
Wis., an installer of underground telecommunications cable WORKED OUT SO WELL THAT
throughout the Midwest that was founded in 1974. The WE WENT FROM ONE TO FIVE TO
company’s employees are always looking for a competitive
advantage. When the company purchased its first compact 10 TO 15 IN A FEW YEARS.
excavator about 14 years ago, its employees very quickly knew — DALE JANSEN, CENTRAL CABLE CONTRACTORS
the company had hit “pay dirt.”

“In our continuous search for a better way of doing things, we “It’s a competitive business,” Jansen says. “While price is
wondered if a small excavator would produce better results than important, our performance (quality plus productivity) is what
the traditional tractor loader backhoe (TLB) we had been using, gets us on that narrow list of firms that are selected to do these
particularly in urban areas,” Jansen says. “After we identified projects. Our Bobcat compact excavators, used in conjunction
Bobcat excavators as the best brand available, we were still with directional boring equipment, allow us to consistently
apprehensive about whether the compact machine could deliver produce the results necessary to stay on the bid list.”
the power and production we were accustomed to from a
100-horsepower TLB. While the TLB could outperform the When one of Jansen’s crews
excavator in open-field digging, much of our work is done in an is sent to an urban area — that Among the benefits of the
urban setting with plenty of restricted-access areas. is any place where they have compact excavators that
to work on a lawn or in a Jansen cites are:
“We didn’t know what to expect, but our first Bobcat excavator limited-access area — they will
turned out to be powerful, smooth, easy to maintain and very typically take a couple of
productive,” he continues. “It worked out so well that we went • Good visibility to the
Bobcat excavators.
from one to five to 10 to 15 in a few years. Today our company work area
has 20 Bobcat compact excavators of varying sizes, although “We use the machines to dig • Much less
we are moving toward having all E42s, which are the best so conduits can be coupled ground disturbance
combination of size and power for our purposes.” together and for installing
below-ground vaults and • Exceptional
The E42 is a 41.8-horsepower machine with a dig depth of above-ground cabinets maneuverability
10 feet 6 inches and a reach of 17 feet 3 inches. All of the firm’s that are used to enclose • Low fuel consumption
excavators were purchased from Mid-State Equipment in the telecommunications
Columbus, Wis. equipment,” he says. • Superior operator comfort
• Easy serviceability
BRINGING FIBER OPTICS TO HOMEOWNERS “The broad network of Bobcat
More than 90 percent of Central Cable’s projects today are fiber dealers available to provide
to the home. That means replacing or upgrading existing buried service is important,” Jansen
copper cable with new fiber-optic cable, which allows the says. “It’s just another benefit of operating Bobcat compact
telephone company to offer homeowners high-definition excavators — a real difference-making decision.”
video and other services by streaming 20 to 100 megabytes
of bandwidth. Visit www.MyWorkSaver.com/MX to find online resources for Bobcat
compact excavators. The site has a complete list of Bobcat excavator models,
product specifications, approved attachments and Bobcat Advantage videos.

The Bobcat® E42 is one of five


DID YOU KNOW?

Bobcat is the only compact


excavator manufacturer that provides
excavator models available with an excavator with an extendable-arm
the extendable-arm option for option, which is clamp-compatible.
an additional 30 inches of reach Learn more by watching the Bobcat
Advantage Extendable Arm video.
when at full extension, providing Visit www.MyWorkSaver.com/exarm
for less machine repositioning. to learn more.

FALL 2013 WORKSAVER


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RONALD CLINE TRENCHING

For someone who says he more difficult. Our Bobcat Today, he still has three of the
quit learning in seventh grade, equipment makes their jobs loader backhoes, which are
Ronald Cline (pictured left) easier and more productive. often sitting at the back of his
certainly knows plenty about Plus, they pull up to a job equipment lot.
being a successful utility with a sense of pride because
installation contractor. After of the tools they have to work “With smaller yards and
28 years in the business, with. The equipment has been houses closer together, the old

A WINNING he’s figured out what’s great for morale.” way of utility installation is no
important and what makes longer practical,” Cline says.
Cline owns seven Bobcat® “All the utilities are frequently

FORMULA
his customers continue to hire
his company. compact excavators packed together — you may
purchased from Hugg & Hall have to navigate two phone
“There is nothing more Equipment in Jonesboro, lines, cable TV, gas, water,
critical than having good Ark. Three are M-Series E32 sewer and storm drain. There
employees,” says the owner excavators and four are older is no place for a trencher;
of Ronald Cline Trenching 331 models. you can’t go very far without
Service Inc., Bono, Ark. “My crossing something. That’s
philosophy has always been “About 15 years ago, I rented why compact excavators
to treat them like family, and a Bobcat compact excavator to and directional boring are
provide good benefits and the complete a job in very muddy taking over.”
best equipment available.” conditions,” he says. “After
finishing the work, I purchased Cline says his operators have
EMPLOYEES APPRECIATE the machine because I decided nothing but good comments
GOOD EQUIPMENT I couldn’t do without it. For a about their Bobcat excavators,
Cline places a high while I demoed other brands especially the new M-Series
value on having state-of- of excavators but I always models. He especially likes the
the-art equipment. bought Bobcat excavators. significant fuel economy and
Now when I need another the reliable performance.
“A lot of these guys were machine, I just call my Bobcat
with me at the beginning “The Bobcat brand of
LONGTIME when I had to purchase
dealer to bring one out.
excavators is simply the
The excavators have been
EMPLOYEES, used machines,” he says. productive and reliable, rarely best,” he says. “That’s why
BOBCAT “They remember those giving me any problems.” I continue to buy them. The
experiences and that’s why other machines that I have
EXCAVATORS DIG they appreciate what we have EXCAVATORS ARE looked at over the years just
WAY TO SUCCESS today. The work we do is PRACTICAL CHOICE don’t match up to Bobcat.”
FOR ARKANSAS hard enough, but if you have At one time, his equipment
to repair equipment while of choice was large dedicated Visit www.MyWorkSaver.com/MX
UTILITY you are trying to do your job, trenchers with backhoes and to learn more about the E32 and
CONTRACTOR that makes it just that much full-size loader backhoes. M-Series compact excavators from
Bobcat Company.

WITH SMALLER YARDS AND HOUSES


CLOSER TOGETHER, THE OLD WAY
OF UTILITY INSTALLATION IS NO
LONGER PRACTICAL … THERE IS NO
PLACE FOR A TRENCHER; YOU CAN’T
GO VERY FAR WITHOUT CROSSING
SOMETHING. THAT’S WHY COMPACT
EXCAVATORS AND DIRECTIONAL
BORING ARE TAKING OVER.
— RONALD CLINE, RONALD CLINE TRENCHING SERVICE INC.

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TERRY PETERSON FARMS

NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT A WISCONSIN DAIRY FARMER AND CATTLE


EXPORTER DOESN’T NEED HIS DEPENDABLE BOBCAT SKID-STEER
LOADERS, WHICH HAVE NEVER LET HIM DOWN

Life on the farm is much different today for 68-year-


old Terry Peterson, reflecting on how much has
changed since the family farm added Bobcat® skid-
steer loaders and attachments — the only brand of
skid-steer loaders purchased by Peterson.

Peterson and his wife Sandy live on the farm where


Terry grew up near Lancaster, Wis., in America’s
dairy heartland, where they raise cattle and grow
row crops for feed. “We’ve always had cattle and we
grow alfalfa, corn and soybeans on approximately
680 total acres,” he says.

Introducing skid-steer loaders on the farm replaced


much of the work previously done with larger,
less maneuverable tractors or by hand, according
to Peterson. His son-in-law, Rob Crubel, and an
employee, Bob Cooley, take care of the farm’s
daily chores. Cooley has worked for Peterson
for more than 35 years and he’s seen quite a
few product enhancements to Bobcat skid-steer
loaders. Crubel is getting his feet wet in the beef
cattle industry, learning alongside Peterson, with
60 Red Angus cows and heifers.

A DEPENDABLE PAIR
Today, two Bobcat S650 skid-steer loaders —
purchased from K & L Bobcat, Darlington, Wis. — are the
workhorses on the farm. There isn’t a day that goes by that the Crubel says the two-speed option available in the
S650s are not helping to complete chores and clearing snow Bobcat loaders is particularly helpful when he’s working in the
and ice in winter, according to Peterson. fields, picking up and transporting hay bales.
“We’ve never had a skid-steer loader other than a Bobcat
(loader),” Peterson says, “and we’re really impressed with the “Bobcat skid-steer loaders replaced our tractor, as far as
power and performance the new S650 loaders have, and the picking up bales, because of two-speed,” Crubel says. “What
extra room in the cab. We purchased them with the enclosed used to take us two hours with a tractor can be done in about
cab with heat and air conditioning, Power Bob-Tach™ system an hour. We put the machine in two-speed, pick up and carry
and two-speed option — we love them.” the bales, plus we’re not tearing up the fields as much. I prefer
the Bobcat loader over the tractor any day.
continued on page 10

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NEW
TERRYPRODUCTS
PETERSON FARMS

WE’RE REALLY IMPRESSED WITH


THE POWER AND PERFORMANCE
THE NEW S650 LOADERS HAVE,
AND THE EXTRA ROOM IN THE CAB.
— TERRY PETERSON, CATTLE FARMER

“Some of our stock yards require a machine with a close turning


radius. Our Bobcat loaders go in the yards and have no problem at
all. They are much more maneuverable than a tractor with a front-
end loader, which may be twice as long as a Bobcat loader.”
Creature comforts are critical to daily loader operators like
Crubel and Cooley, particularly when they’re in the machine for
many hours. Crubel is quick to point out many of the product
developments in the new M-Series loaders from the prior S175
K-Series models.

MORNING

TASK 1 TASK 2 TASK 3 TASK 4


IF THERE’S SNOW,
PROVIDE NEW
CLEAN ALL THE PREPARE THE TMR
FEED ROUND BALES BEDDING FOR THE
BUNKS AND THE AND FEED THE
TO THE CATTLE CATTLE WHILE
RUNWAY WHERE THE HEIFERS
THEY’RE EATING
CATTLE STAND

Bobcat loaders clear snow Bobcat loaders use a bale Bobcat loaders load corn Bobcat loaders clean the
with a bucket. fork to lift and place large silage, haylage and grain barns and beds, place new
round bales in a feeder, to into the mixer. bedding material (corn fodder).
eat along with the Total Mix
Ration (TMR). “The loaders have enough
lift height and reach that
they can easily dump into
the mixer,” Peterson says.
A DAY ON This is a summary of a typical day, in
terms of taking care of the cattle and
THE FARM tending to routine farm chores.

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Cooling advantages
of Bobcat loaders

A new cooling system available for


Bobcat® M-Series loaders delivers better
performance and is easier to service.
“The new (M-Series) radiator cover doesn’t
let as much debris in — all we have to do is
Bobcat is the only brand of loader that
take the cover off and remove the debris —
Terry Peterson and his family have ever and it’s much easier to blow out,” says Rob
owned. Son-in-law Rob Crubel (left) Crubel, a cattle farmer in Lancaster, Wis.
and employee Bob Cooley (right) help
Peterson operate the cattle farm in Watch a video to see the advantages of the
southwest Wisconsin. new Bobcat cooling system. Simply scan this
bar code or visit the URL below.

“Overall, I think the all-around visibility in the S650s is great. We can see a lot
better and the cab feels like it is a lot bigger; I’m not cramped in there,” Crubel
says. “Even the windows are a lot nicer, sliding in and out. And the controls are
more responsive. It’s almost like you can take your fingertips and move them,
that’s how precise it can be, or just move my foot a little bit and it offers
good control.”
Visit www.MyWorkSaver.com/ag to find more resources available from Bobcat Company for www.MyWorkSaver.com/cooling
agriculture producers.

AFTERNOON

TASK 5 TASK 6 TASK 7 TASK 8

UNLOAD PALLETIZED
HAUL MANURE FROM BRING IN HAY BALES BUILD OR MEND
MATERIALS UPON
THE BARNS FROM THE FIELD FENCES
DELIVERY

Pile it or load it into manure Bobcat loaders attach a Bobcat loaders with a Bobcat loaders dig new
spreader, as needed. bale fork to lift and carry pallet fork, unload pallets of post holes with an auger.
bales to the barn for salt or seed corn.
Bobcat loaders scrape
storage, or load dry hay
manure, push into piles and
from the barn onto trailers
use a bucket to load into
for sale to other producers.
the spreader.
“If the manure is frozen, the
loader’s bucket can easily
loosen it,” Peterson says.

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RALPH ENGELSTAD ARENA

THE TICKET TO SUCCESS AT “THE RALPH”


A GRAND FORKS SPORTS ARENA
ADMIT ONE

SCORES A GOAL WITH THE ADDITION


OF A TOOLCAT UTILITY WORK
MACHINE AND ATTACHMENTS
FOR INDOOR AND OUTDOOR
GROUNDS MAINTENANCE

Hockey is a beloved sport in North ALL-WHEEL STEER SUMMER LANDSCAPING TASKS


Dakota, so much so that the men’s and ELIMINATES MARKS Several part-time employees work
women’s hockey teams at the University One of the primary responsibilities for through summer and operate the Toolcat
of North Dakota (UND) play the game in the Toolcat 5600 is repainting the ice. 5600 for outdoor landscaping projects.
the heralded on-campus Ralph Engelstad Schuler says the 5600 with all-wheel Schuler says the machine is so simple to
Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. It could steer drive is ideal for painting the ice operate that it doesn’t take long for new
be considered the Taj Mahal of hockey because it doesn’t skid or slide. operators to get the hang of it.
arenas. The $104 million facility opened “You don’t want to slide on the ice “We’ll put landscaping mulch in the cargo
in 2001 and seats approximately 11,600 because you’ll leave rubber marks,” box, haul it around the facility and the crew
guests for athletic activities as well as Schuler says, “so we operate in all-wheel will dump it in certain spots,” he says.
non-athletic events, such as concerts and steer mode for simple and easy turns.”
the annual circus. Schuler pulls a trailer behind the 5600 to Two people can sit in the enclosed,
evenly apply the paint to the ice prior to air-conditioned cab of the Toolcat
Commonly known in the area as “The hockey events. 5600 while the operator drives from
Ralph,” the arena is a one-of-a-kind
one project to the next one — another
facility, with granite flooring, deluxe
reason for its popularity in buildings and
spectator seats made of cherry wood YOU DON’T WANT grounds applications.
and leather upholstery, a multitude TO SLIDE ON THE
of escalators and TV monitors Visit www.MyWorkSaver.com/Toolcat to
throughout to make sure visitors don’t ICE BECAUSE learn more about Toolcat utility work machines.
miss any of the action. The arena was YOU’LL LEAVE
built by the late Ralph Engelstad, RUBBER MARKS.

online exclusive
an alumnus of UND and self-made
— BUTCH SCHULER,
millionaire who owned casino-hotels MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR
in Las Vegas and Mississippi.

Preserving the arena is a full-time job for Want to see more Ralph
Maintenance Supervisor Butch Schuler Moving outside the facility, Schuler
operates the Toolcat 5600 and Engelstad Arena photos?
(pictured above) and his five
full-time employees. He’s been with attachments for snow removal in winter. Simply scan this bar code or
the arena since the day it opened He says he is responsible for clearing visit the URL below.
and is responsible for many of the snow and ice from the plaza, sidewalks www.MyWorkSaver.com/theralph
special handcrafted carpentry projects and gated parking lot adjacent to the
throughout the facility. His choice of UND campus. “If we get a lot of snow,
compact equipment is Bobcat, and a I like to use the bucket,” he says, “but
ToolcatTM 5600 utility work machine the angle broom is good for cleaning
and a Bobcat® utility vehicle are at his off the concrete, sweeping it away so it
and his employees’ disposal for daily doesn’t melt during the day and refreeze
maintenance projects. at night.”

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Get an edGe
On the mOst difficult jObs.
The right tool makes all the difference. Our full line of Bobcat ® attachment accessories allows you to
customize and extend the life of your tool attachments. Choose from a wide selection of bucket teeth,
cutting edges, auger bits, breaker bits and more.

Bobcat.com/parts

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THE BOBCAT SYSTEM

ct
Bobcat compa
excavator

Bobcat
compact
track loader

WINNING

COMBO
PAIRING A BOBCAT COMPACT TRACK LOADER AND EXCAVATOR
ALLOWS TWO CONTRACTORS TO GET MORE WORK COMPLETED
THAN OPERATING A TRADITIONAL TRACTOR LOADER BACKHOE

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Tractor loader backhoes (TLBs) have had their day in the sun
(and on the jobsite), but are now more frequently being replaced
by a combination of Bobcat® loaders and excavators. This
combination of two powerful machines is referred to as the MVP
Bobcat System. Learn how two companies have improved their
business as a result of implementing the system approach.

DK Manufacturing Construction
and Culverts, Michie, Tenn.

Father-and-son team Lynn and Jed Baker have a winning


formula for their construction business, one that allows them to er
Soil conditionen
take on more work and do it more efficiently. And it’s a strategy t}
they are willing to share. Their customers see it every day at {Most valuable attachm
jobsites and others learn about it during the holiday season when
the Bakers send out a couple of hundred holiday cards.
bottom line,
“It shows up on the
ry good profits for
“For a half dozen years, we’ve featured a photo of our newest generating ve
pa ny.” — Jed Baker
Bobcat machine on the cards,” Lynn says. “That generates our com
a lot of positive feedback, goodwill and additional work.”

Lynn has operated DK Manufacturing Construction and


Culverts, Michie, Tenn. (pop. 647), for two decades. Son Jed No attac
hment is
than the m
joined the company full-time a dozen years ago. Lynn’s father, Bobcat® ore valuable
accordin soil cond
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an
itioner,
owners o
services, including utility installation, excavation and f a Tenne d Jed Baker,
construc ss
septic systems. tion com ee-based
pany.
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it a
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underground work for utility companies,” Lynn says. “Our main s, grade in
sod or se yards pri
eding, ba or to layin
goal is to get in, do a good job and quickly move on to the next out the s ck g
oil after in filling, to smooth
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cre tilitie
reliable. We have invested in good machines that allow us to get that mak ates a finished ap s,” Jed
es custo
more done.” mers very pearance
happy.”
The Bob
cat soil c
As a result, the 10-metric-ton bulldozer and 14-foot tractor rotating d ond
rum equip itioner has a
tipped te p
loader backhoe they used for several years now stay back at eth that ri ed with carbide-
the shop 85 percent of the time. Their jobsite replacements: and pene p throug
tra h dirt clu
a Bobcat T770 compact track loader and an E80 excavator. kit for a b te the soil. Add a mps
ox blade n end-win
grade, or effect to g
These two M-Series models and several attachments operate it leve
to follow in the flo l and
(soil conditioner, hydraulic breaker, auger, industrial grapple the conto at
urs of the position
and buckets), purchased from Williams Equipment in Jackson, terrain.
Tenn., have allowed the Bakers to take their business to a collect
new level of success. them al
continued on page 16 l!

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THE BOBCAT SYSTEM

a ker
Coaches B
& Baker THE T770 WILL DO JUST ABOUT THE
SAME WORK AS OUR DOZER, BUT
IT IS THREE TIMES FASTER AND A
LOT EASIER TO MOVE FROM ONE
JOBSITE TO ANOTHER.
— LYNN BAKER, DK MANUFACTURING CONSTRUCTION
AND CULVERTS

e 20!
Drop and give m
L & M Construction, Statesville, N.C.
“This Bobcat System allows us to get more work done and
do it in a much better work environment,” Lynn says.

The T770 has a 92-horsepower engine, 3,475 pounds of The company may be called L & M Construction, but the
rated operating capacity and up to 11 feet of vertical lift. 11-year-old firm is hardly limited to traditional commercial and
“The T770 will do just about the same work as our dozer, but residential construction projects. In fact, the services it offers
is three times faster and a lot easier to move from one jobsite range from landscaping to highway mowing to fire and storm
to another,” Lynn says. “The ride control option produces a damage cleanup and even snow removal — plus, dozens of
very smooth ride over rough ground and reduces the chance of other applications.
spilling loose material from the bucket. It’s a great feature.”
“When one type of business slows down, we are always
The E80 is a minimal tail swing model that delivers 15 feet, looking to diversify,” says Lyle Rader, who started the
6 inches of digging depth. “There is no comparison between the Statesville, N.C., company with his wife, Melody, in 2003.
E80 and any other excavator we have ever tried,” Lynn says. “Having the right type of equipment allows us to move into
something new quite easily.”
Jed is the main operator of both machines, often sitting in them
for six or seven hours a day.“The comfort features added to the The two-person construction business grew into a multi-faceted
M-Series machines make it a whole lot easier to keep working organization with 65 employees and a knack for taking on
as the day goes on,” he says. “The bigger cabs with more glass work that at times sends the company in unexpected directions.
have improved visibility significantly. Noise levels are much
lower, too.” A POWERFUL COMBINATION
Jed says they did not know how valuable the Bobcat System When the firm is hired for a project, Rader is ready with his
would turn out to be until they used both machines on the same M-Series Bobcat System — a T770 compact track loader and
job. “Now we take them everywhere together and continue to an E55 excavator — along with several valuable Bobcat®
be pleased with how much we get done.” attachments, purchased from R S Braswell, Kannapolis, N.C.

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“We use them every day,” he says, “in all types of applications. sewer and water lines. They have helped us build a strong
The versatility is so amazing that they allow us to be prepared relationship with this company.”
for whatever jobsite challenges we encounter. Plus, they are very
easy to move around.” Rader has relied on Bobcat equipment for nine years. He prefers
the track machines, having owned previous models of Bobcat
As a contractor regularly hired by the North Carolina compact track loaders before purchasing the 92-horsepower,
Department of Transportation (DOT), L & M has come to 10,237-pound T770, and three older compact excavators prior
expect the unexpected. One assignment is mowing along the to the 48-horsepower E55, which features a maximum digging
interstate highways around Charlotte. The company does a depth of 12 feet, 11 inches.
portion every three months with the T770 and Brushcat™
rotary cutter. “I have been sold on the Bobcat track system for many years,”
he says, “and it keeps improving. Bobcat machines have the
“The high-flow (hydraulic) loader and the mower are really most reliable tracks available. Rubber tracks minimize damage
efficient,” he says, “especially when working on the banks on to established surfaces and prevent downtime.”
the sides of highways. The cutting deck floats over the often
uneven ground and does an excellent job of not only mowing He’s found the economics of operating Bobcat compact
thick grass but cutting brush and even small trees. Visibility equipment to be valuable.
from the M-Series loader cab is unmatched.”
“I’ve always made money with them, both on the job and when
That work is fairly routine compared to other times the DOT it came time to sell,” Rader says. “I’ve sold several machines on
calls. The company has been hired to repair washouts, fix my own and have always done real well financially. They are
damaged pipes and other emergency work, often with little time real profit-producers.”
to spare.
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“Every time we get an assignment that has some unknown M-Series Bobcat excavators and loaders, and how you can
elements, there are always things we do not anticipate,” Rader combine them to create your own Bobcat System.
says. “I get surprised every day on the job.”

His team is ready because of the equipment they typically bring


to the job — the T770, E55 and attachments such as the Bobcat
combination bucket.

“That is one very valuable attachment,” Rader says. The


combination bucket can be used as a bucket, a grapple or for Coach
Rader
dozing, leveling and spreading material. “We use it all the time
for loading trucks.”

PROFITABLE PARTNERSHIP
Rader has a long history as the general contractor for a major
auto parts retailer.
“We’ve built about 150 stores over the last 10 years, working
in 15 different states,” he says. “We use our Bobcat loader and
excavator in tandem for rough and finish grading, and installing

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LAKE CITY TRANSFER STATION

AN IMPROVED METHOD TO HANDLE TRASH


A POWERFUL, HIGH-LIFTING BOBCAT S850 SKID-STEER
LOADER ADDS NEW DIMENSION TO TRANSFER STATION

Transforming a solid waste disposal NEW BUILDING IS FIRST STEP Although they had the articulated loader,
transfer station began with an old In December 2011, the county replaced a Hendrix and his staff decided the machine
building, a pile of repair bills and a 20-year-old building with a new structure. lacked sufficient maneuverability to keep
cumbersome articulated loader. Within All waste materials are unloaded up with the work. The solution, they
six months they were replaced by a new inside the building, which features a decided, was a skid-steer loader.
building, a different handling system and 6,000-square-foot tipping floor and a new
a powerful Bobcat® skid-steer loader. 40-foot scale. “As a government agency, we are required
to take competitive bids, but it quickly
“The result — less downtime, more Previously, a large articulated loader became apparent that a Bobcat S850 loader
uptime and a more cost-effective way pushed the trash onto an inclined was best for the job and less expensive
of doing business — has been very conveyor, which dumped it into a hopper. than a new articulated loader,” Hendrix
positive,” says Robert Hendrix (pictured Then the material was placed into an says. “The chute into our hopper is about
above), executive director of the 8-cubic-yard compactor. Once 16 tons 8 feet high, so we needed a machine that
Craighead County Solid Waste Disposal of compact trash was accumulated, a could comfortably clear that distance.”
Authority, Jonesboro, Ark. “This is an semitrailer that is especially designed for
application that is not easy on equipment, this type of work hauled the material to a Purchased from Hugg & Hall Equipment,
but I think we have put together a very sanitary landfill. Jonesboro, Ark., the Bobcat S850 is one
efficient way of handling solid waste.” of the highest lifting skid-steer loaders on
“This system served us well for some the market with a 12-foot lift height. The
The facility, commonly known as the time,” says Hendrix, “until the conveyor vertical-lift-path loader provides more
Lake City Transfer Station, serves began to break down. Parts were always reach at full lift height, making it the ideal
garbage and trash haulers, contractors and wearing out, and we had to constantly machine for this application.
cities in the eastern portion of the county. bring in a welding crew to do repairs.
Month after month, invoices for fixing the “The new system, which features the
The Bobcat industrial grapple attachment makes
conveyor would show up. We all got tired S850, solid tires and industrial grapple
it easy for the operator to see the work area, with
good all-around visibility from the M-Series S850 of that.” and pallet fork attachments, has proven to
skid-steer loader cab. be very efficient,” Hendrix says.

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CONSTRUCTION
GRADING CONTRACTORS

Ma k i n g a
co m e b a c k
GRADING CONTRACTORS IN FLORIDA SEE THEIR BUSINESS IMPROVING
AS THE ECONOMY REBOUNDS FROM THE GREAT RECESSION
Many would agree that one of the places hardest hit by the recession was Florida, particularly in the
homebuilding sector. Today two Florida-based excavating and grading companies — K&L Grading
and MJ Land Development — are back on track as homebuilding recovers, and they’ve recently
added new Bobcat® T590 compact track loaders to help keep up with their growing business.
continued on page 20

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GRADING CONTRACTORS

K&L Grading — Brian Lennon


Brian Lennon, owner of K&L Grading, Oviedo, Fla., knows
all too well how the Great Recession impacted his grading
business when homebuilding slowed dramatically in central
Florida. Lennon started his company 14 years ago, specializing
in grading for new residential construction. His first compact
Oviedo, Fla. equipment purchase was a Bobcat 753 skid-steer loader, a
machine that Lennon still owns today. “It’s a good machine,
and it was my first, so I kept it,” he says.

During the homebuilding peak of the previous decade, Lennon


said he employed about 30 individuals. When homebuilding
slowed during the recession — starting in 2007, the longest
recessionary period since the Great Depression of the 1930s —
Lennon was forced to cut back on staff, but today he says his
business is on the rebound and he has 19 employees. He says
things are turning around in central Florida, and housing start
statistics certainly support his feedback.

“I’m very blessed that we’ve been working,” he says. “Prior to the
recession, it was my goal to be debt-free. That’s what helped me
survive — getting my equipment paid for. And now we’ve been
extremely busy for the last eight months, very steady, working six
days a week. There are a lot of things taking off, and we’re getting
opportunities to bid on new jobs, so it’s going well.”

BOBCAT LOADERS CUT FINAL GRADES


From left to right: Brian Lennon, president; Long before the final grading occurs, Lennon and his crews
Dylan Lennon, operator; and Josh Chaudoin, operator. operate heavy equipment to clear a site for development,
making way for a new residential subdivision to be built. When
site development is complete and ready for the grading, they
call upon Lennon again, except this time it’s a team of Bobcat
compact track loaders that get the assignment. Lennon owns
four compact track loaders, from the T140 to the M-Series
T650, using low-profile buckets to prepare the soil before the
landscape contractor does his installation.
Due to the sandy soil conditions in central Florida, Lennon
says the compact track loaders perform very well, quickly
completing final grades.

“I bought the very first Bobcat compact track loader model,


the 864, and it sped up my process immediately,” he says.
“When the guys are in the sugar sand, when they’re turning and
pushing, the tracks perform very well. It’s much less stressful
for the operator; he just turns and rolls his dirt. The loader cuts
right through it when it’s turning.”

Bobcat introduced its first model 864 compact track


loader in 1999. Fourteen years later the company has
eight different models to suit customer needs, in terms
Lennon’s T590 performs exceptionally well in Florida’s soft and of size and performance.
sandy soil conditions, improving his overall productivity.

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Packs a punch in a compact frame
Watch the Bobcat® T590 compact track
loader in action and learn more
Lennon’s newest compact track loader is a T590 purchased from about the benefits of 500-frame-size
Bobcat of Orlando. The 66-horsepower T590 fits nicely between M-Series loaders.
Lennon’s T140 and T650, and he recognizes improvements to
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keyless start. I can set the codes and program them for different
operators, so I know how many hours each employee has used
the machine, and operators can’t get into another employee’s
machine without his permission.”

Bobcat M-Series loaders with the keyless start option come


with a new 4.6-inch LED screen with full-color capability for SWITCH TO VERTICAL-LIFT-PATH LOADERS
increased readability and easy operator interaction. Three of Lennon’s most recent purchases have been vertical-
lift-path Bobcat compact track loaders, which Lennon says are
MULTIPLE SIZES ARE RIGHT-SIZED well-suited for his truck-loading needs and provide more reach
Having a wide size range of Bobcat loaders helps Lennon and at maximum lift height.
his operators handle special projects. For example, his T140,
“I changed from the straight [radius path] boom available on a
at just 55 inches wide, is adept for completing grading projects
T180 to the vertical-lift-path configuration when I purchased
in small yards.
my first T190,” he says, “and they definitely have more lifting
“In a lot of the residential grading that we do, we have 5 feet or capacity and reach.
less to cut the swale along the property line next to an existing
house,” he says. “The T140 works really well for that. If I “I think Bobcat loaders are one of the best on the market. They
couldn’t fit the Bobcat loader in there, the guys would have to were the first skid-steer loader and I think they are better-
do it by hand, and it’s a lot of work to rake those areas.” built for longevity, more durable than other brands that I have
demonstrated. My bottom line, I just think Bobcat builds better
On the other end of the spectrum, Lennon’s 74.3-horsepower machines. They have a good understanding of what it takes to
T650 is the ideal size and has plenty of power for excavating and make a durable product, especially the compact track loader’s
grading for building pads. “The T650 is a good size for building solid-mounted undercarriage.
monolithic pads, a pad that’s slab on grade, because of its ability
to help with the cutouts to the garage or front or rear patio.” “I guess you can say we’re definitely a Bobcat company; all
of my skid-steers are Bobcat [loaders]. I’ve always had a good
relationship with Bobcat of Orlando — for sales, parts, service
and rental. That’s a big plus in this business, to keep up with my
THEY WERE THE FIRST SKID- workload and my schedule.”
STEER LOADER AND I THINK
THEY ARE BETTER-BUILT FOR In addition to compact track loaders, Lennon owns two Bobcat
LONGEVITY, MORE DURABLE THAN skid-steer loaders, an S160 and S185, which he uses with angle
brooms to keep dirt and construction debris off streets.
OTHER BRANDS THAT I HAVE
DEMONSTRATED. MY BOTTOM Additionally, he will attach an industrial grapple to pick up trash
LINE, I JUST THINK BOBCAT on his jobsites, providing a clean environment for builders and
BUILDS BETTER MACHINES. their customers.
—BRIAN LENNON, K&L GRADING
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GRADING CONTRACTORS

MJ Land Development — John Watson,


There has been
resurgence in
homebuilding
in south Florida,
particularly in the
Fort Lauderdale
area, where Fort
excavating and
grading specialists Lauderdale, Fla.
scramble to
keep up with
new housing
developments. John Watson — vice president of MJ Land
Development and business partners with Mark Gibbons and Jeff
Maclean — says it appears that the economy has turned a corner
and residential developers are building again.

Watson, Gibbons and Maclean started working together in 1987,


sharing their expertise in construction management. Watson
says the demand for excavating and grading work performed
with Bobcat® compact equipment increased dramatically, and
the regions where the business partners worked were far apart.
Each started his own company — MJ Land Development, Excel
Equipment and Magnum Land Development — working in
different counties in south Florida, on both the west and east
coasts. Together the companies employ 75 individuals, including a
group of experienced compact equipment operators.

Demand for new home developments has Watson and his


partners pressed for workers, looking for more skilled operators
to keep up with the many projects on their plate. Watson says
one of the builders he works for sold more than 100 homes in
one weekend. “Everyone is going full blast right now,” he says.

CORNERSTONE OF SUCCESS
Bobcat compact equipment is a mainstay for all three entities, as
far as site development for homebuilders: clearing land, creating
building pads and grading around the new home sites. Keeping
the sites free of trash and debris is also important to developers
who are trying to attract new buyers.
“We have multiple jobs now that the economy has picked up, and
we have new housing developments starting all over the place. We
use our Bobcat loaders with a grapple attachment and bucket to
load debris and move dirt, rather than moving heavy equipment,
which saves us a lot of money. We sweep the communities where
we work, too. Builders want the sites swept on a daily basis to
TOP: A Bobcat E42 owned by MJ Land Development is operated make the areas look presentable,” Watson says.
at a new residential construction site in south Florida. BOTTOM:
From left to right: Mark Gibbons, John Watson and Jeff Maclean
Having a diverse group of compact machines and attachments
allows Watson and his operators to keep up with customers’

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Mark Gibbons and Jeff Maclean
demands — from an ultra-compact Bobcat 463 loader (just 36
inches wide with bucket) to the larger M-Series T590 and T630
compact track loaders. He keeps a mix of both skid-steer loaders
and compact track loaders of varying sizes to best match the
jobsite conditions and soil types. Smaller loaders are utilized Theft protection
for construction projects that have limited access. “When we’re John Watson says theft is a big problem in south
working next to a finished house, pouring concrete instead of Florida, which is why he purchases his Bobcat®
renting a pump, digging footings in tight areas, working on small compact equipment with the keyless start option.
additions or backfilling pools in hard-to-get-to areas, the smaller “It helps us because we can assign different codes
machines are much more convenient,” Watson says. and leave the machines on the jobsites,” he says.
“It has dramatically reduced our theft problems.”
As Bobcat developed and expanded its line of compact track
loaders, Watson added the machines to his equipment mix for In addition to theft protection, Bobcat deluxe
improved performance and productivity when working in instrumentation offers machine monitoring for
sandy soil. “We work in counties where the soils are very attachment usage, messages and warnings in seven
loose, and compact track loaders make more sense. In soft soil languages, function lockouts to prevent misuse or
conditions, the Bobcat compact track loaders are three times damage, a digital clock and resettable job clock.
faster when grading. The tracked undercarriages on our Bobcat
loaders have held up well,” he says.

30+ YEARS … ONE BRAND


Bobcat has been a familiar brand name for Watson, for more
than 30 years, when he says his company had some of the first
Bobcat loaders in south Florida. “I saw the value they brought to compact track loader and go between all of the pipes and grade
the table, as far as maneuverability, accessing confined areas and the foundation to prepare for concrete. It’s on the money when
completing small jobs,” Watson says. “My first machine was a grading. Operators appreciate the bigger M-Series cab, too.”
743, then a 751, and upgrading from there to today’s machines.”
UNMATCHED DEALER SUPPORT
His current Bobcat compact equipment lineup includes a T590, a
“Everyone gives us equipment to use to try and get our
T650 and fourteen T190 compact track loaders; an E32 and two
business,” Watson says, “but as far as we’re concerned,
E42 compact excavators; and multiple skid-steer loaders.
between the reliability and quality of the machines and our
Replacing manual labor with compact equipment has proved to be operator preferences, we decided to continue buying Bobcat
beneficial for business owners like Watson, who make their living compact equipment.”
in the dirt. “In the old days, the guys dug the footings by hand,”
Watson and his business partners purchased their equipment from
he explains. “We switched from manual labor to Bobcat loaders
Bobcat of Palm Beach, which has two locations along the east
to improve our productivity. A task that previously took a crew of
coast of Florida. “The support we receive from our local dealer is
workers a couple of hours to complete can be done in 30 minutes
unbelievable. Not only do they care about selling machines, they
or less with a Bobcat loader and an attachment. Bobcat loaders are
care about the product, always asking how they can do something
so versatile and can be used in any application we perform. For
better. You can buy equipment anywhere and get promises, or
example, we can complete some bigger work, like loading a dump
you can buy Bobcat equipment that holds up with a dealer there
truck, without needing a larger front-end loader.”
to support you with any issues. That’s why my relationship with
A new cab-forward design on M-Series loaders puts operators Bobcat of Palm Beach has worked so well,” he says.
closer to the work area and improves their productivity.
Watson recognizes the efforts of his employees as contributing to
Operators have a better view of the cutting edge of the bucket,
long-term success. “Without the guys, the field superintendents
which allows them to be more precise. Watson and his operators
and the operators, it wouldn’t be possible. Everyone plays
pair a smooth-edge Bobcat bucket with their loaders for grading.
an integral part in the company, and that’s how we’ve been
“The improved visibility makes our operators more efficient
successful and able to get through the recession,” he concludes.
in our applications,” Watson says. “We’ll operate a Bobcat

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CONSTRUCTION
GENERAL EXCAVATING

A construction
Haymarket Distri
Since originally main attraction, however, is the
AT THE DIRECTION OF LINCOLN, commissioned in 1867, new University of Nebraska
NEB.-BASED GENERAL the historical Haymarket sports arena, athletic and
EXCAVATING, BOBCAT EQUIPMENT District, situated on the entertainment facility that
western edge of Lincoln’s will become the new home of
PERFORMS A VARIETY OF vibrant downtown, has the Cornhuskers’ men’s and
SUPPORTING ROLES IN AN experienced many noteworthy women’s basketball teams.
ELABORATE REDEVELOPMENT transformations. Few if any, The $350 million facility is
CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTION however, rival the extensive situated within three-point
production that’s been range of Haymarket’s center
playing on the Lincoln court, in the same bustling
construction stage for the area that spawned the initial
past four decades. growth and expansion
Currently on track to meet of Lincoln’s downtown
the projected fall 2013 business district more than a
completion timeline, the West century ago.
Haymarket Redevelopment
BRIGHT WHITE AND
Project is a multi-faceted
ORANGE EQUIPMENT
endeavor intended to enrich
INVADES BIG RED
and revitalize more than
400 acres of a once-blighted TERRITORY
and underutilized business At the direction of site
district. Historically, the preparation personnel with
affected redevelopment Lincoln-based General
area has operated primarily Excavating, a veteran crew
as a railroad freight and of seasoned site preparation
passenger service business. experts has orchestrated the
The Burlington Northern completion of many different
Santa Fe (BNSF) railway facets of the redevelopment
operations here include main work. Cast in a variety of
Get more productivity from an E35 line, switchyard and various important supporting roles, a
maintenance structures that versatile team of Bobcat® E35
have been active within the compact excavators and S130
area since the 1880s. skid-steer loaders — clad
Watch the Bobcat in bright white and orange
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a Bobcat® E35 compact initiative will feature the by locals who are more
excavator can outdig the addition of new hotels, a accustomed to applauding
competition in a two-minute community plaza, more retail on-field performances by
trenching test. and office space, and several their beloved Huskers
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“hay day” for the historical
ct in Nebraska’s capital city
Construction work for the new has more unrestricted rotation
sports arena debuted in fall and flexibility when
2011, on a 500,000-square- working close to buildings
foot stage with an entourage or other structures than
of excavation equipment equipment such as tractor
of varying capacities that loader backhoes.
included Bobcat excavators “The ease of changing the
and skid-steer loaders. One of
the major roles completed by
many available attachments Pinnacle Bank Arena
helps reduce time and labor
General Excavating involved so our guys spend more time
the removal of more than on the job and less time with
14,000 cubic yards of soil. equipment issues,” D’Amico
Additional supporting roles continues. “It all contributes to
included the rerouting of the bottom line.”
an existing sewer line and
replacing the massive volume Bobcat excavators have the
of soil removed earlier before most cab space in the compact
any other work could begin. equipment industry, a fact
recognized by D’Amico
Bobcat equipment has been Conceptual
and his operators. Pavilion at Lincoln Station rendering
a trusted partner of General
Excavating for the entirety “The operator station of the
of its 26-year existence. E35 excavator is very user-
In 2012, it added three friendly,” D’Amico says,
new 33-horsepower E35 “and the smooth-flowing
excavators and six S130 skid- hydraulics help reduce
steer loaders to its equipment operator fatigue. Operator
fleet. Bobcat S130 loaders comfort is one of those
are just 60 inches wide (with intangibles that is difficult to
bucket) and well-suited for quantify, but our operators
operating in areas where certainly understand it. Conceptual
larger excavating equipment
Arena Community Space rendering
“In final analysis, we just want
won’t fit. a machine that will do the job
“The Zero Tail Swing efficiently, is easy to maintain
(ZTS) capabilities of the and reliable. That’s why
E35 excavator make a big Bobcat equipment has been a THE EASE OF CHANGING THE MANY
difference on a lot of our part of General Excavating AVAILABLE ATTACHMENTS HELPS
jobs,” says Joe D’Amico, for as long as we’ve been REDUCE TIME AND LABOR SO
vice president of in business.” OUR GUYS SPEND MORE TIME ON
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the Bobcat M-Series lineup — generation of Bobcat
compact excavators. — JOE D’AMICO, GENERAL EXCAVATING

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CONSTRUCTION
BUTLER POOL AND SPA

e q u i p m e n t
Compact
make s a s p l a s h r p o o l b u i l d e r
fo

WE COULD NOT DO THIS WORK


WITHOUT OUR BOBCAT MACHINES AND
ATTACHMENTS, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE IN
MOST CASES WE DO THE ENTIRE PROJECT
FROM DIGGING THE HOLE IN THE GROUND
TO FINISHING THE LANDSCAPING.
— JOE BUTLER, BUTLER POOL AND SPA

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A POOL AND SPA CONSTRUCTION COMPANY NO LONGER
HAS TO CALL FOR EMERGENCY HELP THANKS TO THE RIGHT
EQUIPMENT COMBINATION

Today, Joe Butler Bobcat equipment, I’ve got just what I Butler uses his Bobcat compact excavator
(pictured left) need to get things done efficiently.” and bucket to dig the hole for the pool.
can laugh about It doesn’t damage the ground as it
the so-called Butler, who has been in business moves around the yard, thanks to its
“911 call” he 25 years, installs about 50 pools a rubber track undercarriage. He says
made to Williams year in Tennessee, Mississippi and the Hydra-Tilt™ swing accessory —
Equipment, a Bobcat Arkansas. They include fiberglass, mounted between the excavator’s bucket
compact equipment dealer in Memphis, vinyl and Gunite™ pool types. Gunite and dipper — is ideal for pool installers
Tenn., a decade ago. But at the time it is a building material consisting of a because it allows the operator to angle
wasn’t funny. That’s because as he was mixture of cement, sand and water that the bucket 30 degrees to the left or right
backfilling a pool, his compact loader is sprayed onto a mold. His company without moving the excavator.
(of another brand) got stuck in the mud. also specializes in custom spa and
The exasperated pool builder had to be hot tub design and construction, vinyl Butler’s Bobcat compact track loaders
rescued by a Bobcat® T250 compact liner replacement, custom decks, rock are also kept busy. They provide the
track loader. waterfalls and fountains, as well as pool hydraulic power for the Bobcat concrete
maintenance services. pump attachment, trench for new water
“The Bobcat machine pulled out my lines, backfill around the pool, haul off
other brand of loader. I said, ‘leave DEPENDABLE EQUIPMENT the extra soil and prepare the yard for
the T250 here and take the other one “We could not do this work without new sod with a soil conditioner.
away,’” says the owner of Butler Pool our Bobcat machines and attachments,”
and Spa, Olive Branch, Miss. “I’ve had he says, “especially because in most MT55 REPLACES HAND-DIGGING
Bobcat equipment ever since and never cases we do the entire project from His Bobcat MT55 mini track loader
had to call for help again.” digging the hole in the ground to is a very popular addition with his
finishing the landscaping.” 15 employees.
FULL-SERVICE POOL BUILDING “We usually put in fencing around our
His lineup of Bobcat compact equipment Before he had his Bobcat equipment,
Butler was limited to pool installation pools,” says Butler, “and for a long time
— three compact track loaders, a the digging was done by hand. Now that
compact excavator and an MT55 mini only. Customers had to hire others to do
the landscaping, sod work and fencing, back-breaking job has been turned over
track loader — is one of the main to the MT55. We save 4 to 6 hours a day
selling points he uses for his successful often causing the project to drag on for
weeks and sometimes months. when installing fencing. Everyone —
full-service pool building business. me, the crew and the customer —
His newest Bobcat purchase is a T750 is very pleased.”
“These days, customers like one-stop
compact track loader.
shopping,” he says. “They like to know
“By having our own equipment and that the person they are hiring can He says that about half of today’s pools
crews, our customers know we are going complete the entire project, and they do go into small backyards, and the Bobcat
to show up on time and our equipment not have to deal with other contractors. compact equipment he uses enables his
is not going to break down,” Butler says. company to get more of these jobs.
“We typically finish a pool in 10 days “At the same time, customers like the fact
that we bring top-of-the-line equipment “People say they have seen our work
or less while a lot of contractors take
to their homes. In the initial conversation, and how easy our equipment is on
30 days or more because they have to
I tell them the machines are all track yards, so they just turn us loose in their
rely on subcontractors. We do the entire
models that are not going to tear up their backyards knowing the job will be done
job ourselves.
yard. Then they see the equipment is well right,” Butler says.
“Then there is the impact on my bids. I maintained and clean, and that means a Visit www.MyWorkSaver.com/minitrack to
know I don’t have to call someone else lot to people. It makes a big difference.” learn more about the benefits of Bobcat mini
or rent another piece of equipment. With
track loaders, especially when working in
confined areas.

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BROOKS HAULING

MONEY
well spent
BOBCAT COMPACT When it comes to his history with Bobcat® Brooks specializes in both commercial
loaders, Chris Brooks (pictured left) and residential landscaping, excavating
TRACK LOADERS has a memory bank full of information, and grading. He’s been in business for
AND ATTACHMENTS including when he purchased his 11 25 years but until 2000 he relied almost
ARE A SMART machines and how much they cost. He’s exclusively on manual labor using
INVESTMENT FOR also calculated that the two skid-steer shovels and wheelbarrows. That’s when
loaders and nine compact track loaders he became one of the first in his area,
A SUCCESSFUL have generated millions of dollars of gross about 80 miles south of Raleigh, to
NORTH CAROLINA income for him by delivering reliable purchase a skid-steer loader to improve
CONTRACTOR performance and outstanding production. his productivity.

“For me, the profit always began the day “It was obvious that, without the right
each new machine arrived,” says the equipment, I was limited as to what I could
owner of Brooks Hauling, Grading and do and that growth would be difficult,” he
Landscaping, LLC, Pinebluff, N.C. “The says. “A person might be able to shovel
loaders, along with a number of Bobcat 20,000 pounds of soil in a day, whereas a
attachments, have allowed me to take on machine could handle 2 million pounds.
work I never imagined and to grow my My Bobcat loader changed everything
business. With the exception of a little for me.”
dip in 2008 and 2010, business has been
strong. The money that I’ve spent on Transitioning from manual labor to
Bobcat loaders has produced a very good equipment increased Brooks’ company
return on my investment.” offerings. He is able to take on larger

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BROOKS’ TRUSTED
BOBCAT ATTACHMENTS

projects with his Bobcat loaders and Brooks work productively for up to 14
attachments, including the following tasks: hours a day.
• Clearing lots “The work environment of the M-Series
• Backfilling and grading machines takes a lot of stress off the
• Removing trees operator,” he says. “I use the loaders for a
variety of jobs — from building demolition
• Tearing down/demolishing
to installing irrigation systems — so that BUCKET
depilated structures
my company has gained a reputation as a
• Building roads place where one call gets it all.”

TRANSITION TO TRACKS BROOKS’ BOBCAT ATTACHMENTS:


Initially, a pair of Bobcat skid-steer • Bucket
loaders served him well, he says, but
by 2004 all of the lots on flat ground in • Dozer blade
his area were gone, which necessitated • Industrial grapple
working in hilly areas. • Pallet fork DOZER BLADE
“At times, the wet, muddy conditions • Sweeper
made it difficult to be productive,” he • Trencher
says. “A loader that isn’t moving material
isn’t making money. When new home Thanks to the Bob-Tach® attachment
construction moved onto hilly locations, I mounting system, Brooks can quickly
switched to Bobcat compact track loaders. and easily swap out different Bobcat
Production attachments to
significantly maximize the INDUSTRIAL GRAPPLE
improved when versatility
I used my T300, of his loaders.
A PERSON MIGHT
especially when
I could take BE ABLE TO “When I
advantage of SHOVEL 20,000 combined
the excellent POUNDS OF SOIL this group of
pushing power IN A DAY, WHEREAS attachments
the machine A MACHINE COULD with my
delivered. compact track
HANDLE 2 MILLION loaders, I
PALLET FORK
Since then, I
have purchased
POUNDS. MY was able to
eight additional BOBCAT LOADER expand the
Bobcat compact CHANGED business and
track loaders. EVERYTHING take on jobs
They all have FOR ME. where others
been well worth would have to
—CHRIS BROOKS, BROOKS HAULING,
the money.” GRADING AND LANDSCAPING, LLC use multiple
machines to
Currently, do the work,” SWEEPER
Brooks he says. “I just
operates two take a loader
92-horsepower T770 compact track loaders and the appropriate attachment. I‘d be lost
purchased from Southland Rental and without this equipment.”
Supply Co., Fayetteville, N.C. M-Series
features of these two units, such as the Visit www.MyWorkSaver.com/T770 to learn more
larger cab, better all-around visibility and about the Bobcat T770 compact track loader and
increased power and strength, have helped other M-Series compact track loader models.
TRENCHER

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TIMBER CREEK THERAPIES

Giving HOPE,
one patient at a time
A UNIQUE EQUINE THERAPY CENTER HELPS
PATIENTS WITH DISABILITIES, WHILE A BOBCAT
SKID-STEER LOADER AND ATTACHMENTS
KEEP THE FACILITY IN TIP-TOP SHAPE

Nestled among native Iowa grasses and trees is a sanctuary “It’s the only one (loader) I’ve run,” he says, “and it’s easy to
for individuals seeking therapy to recover from traumatic operate, very user-friendly. It’s a versatile piece of equipment.
injuries, work on rehabilitation or redeem a last wish. Timber We put the bale fork on the Bobcat loader and move the bales
Creek Therapies near Panora, Iowa, gives hope and empowers around, which makes it nicer and easier.”
individuals to regain their sense of freedom. The therapy center
is also home to a Bobcat® skid-steer loader and attachments to Other uses for the Bobcat loader include excavating with
help maintain the facility. the backhoe attachment, using a bucket to move sawdust or
cleaning manure to load it into a spreader and, with animals,
Cindy McCarty is the director of Timber Creek Therapies and there’s always a need for fence repairs.
has devoted much of the last 13 years to the organization and
its supportive charity, Timber Creek Charities — a 501(c)(3) “Fencing is always an issue,” Krakau says. “We have the auger
publicly supported, non-profit entity — to make a difference and it helps us dig the holes for posts for our fence lines. That’s
in the lives of thousands of patients and their families. She’s helpful because that’s a lot of work to do by hand.”
a trained speech/language pathologist who, with her husband,
Cindy points out that among the surrounding timber are locust
Bill, started Timber Creek Therapies. Cindy also founded
trees with long thorns that are a health hazard for the horses.
Timber Creek Charities to help patients who lack adequate
After the Bobcat loader clears the trees, Krakau attaches the
insurance or funds to pay for physical, occupational and
industrial grapple and grabs the trees and hauls them away.
speech/language therapies.
Next, the loader and a BrushcatTM rotary cutter cut overgrown
grass and small trees, which Krakau says is helpful to keep it
BOBCAT LOADER AT WORK
from interfering with the electric fencing. He says the mower
There’s a long list of chores that needs to be done daily to
goes underneath the fence to clear weeds, preventing it from
ensure the facility is in top-notch shape for visitors and patients.
causing a short circuit.
In addition to being a side walker, Merv Krakau is responsible
for maintaining the grounds, which he does in earnest with Bobcat skid-steer loaders have been a part of Bill McCarty’s
a Bobcat® skid-steer loader and multiple attachments — life since he had them on his farm when he was young. He
purchased by Bill McCarty at Haley Equipment in Carroll, says he has always liked Bobcat loaders because they are the
Iowa. While Krakau didn’t grow up on a farm, he knows a original loader in the compact equipment industry.
thing or two about operating the Bobcat loader.
ABOVE: Timber Creek Therapy Center Director Cindy McCarty and
employee Merv Krakau keep the Center’s Bobcat skid-steer loader busy
with daily chores and maintenance projects.

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WE DON’T MAKE ANY MONEY AT
TIMBER CREEK THERAPIES, AND
THAT’S PROBABLY ANOTHER
REASON WHY THERE AREN’T
OTHER FACILITIES LIKE OURS.
I DONATE MY TIME. I’M HAPPY
TO GET UP AND GO TO WORK
EVERY DAY.
— CINDY MCCARTY, DIRECTOR OF TIMBER CREEK THERAPIES

“They’re very dependable, versatile and reliable,” Bill says. “The dealer
has come down to check on the loader or pick up things for us; they’re very
accommodating and prompt,” Cindy adds.

The Bobcat skid-steer loader and attachments ensure that Timber Creek
will be able to provide therapy for patients, helping bring hope to many
who are discouraged and an opportunity to enjoy another horse ride at
Timber Creek Ranch.

ABOUT TIMBER CREEK


Bill and Cindy purchased 220 acres near Panora, with natural springs and
various timbers, and started Timber Creek Ranch, originally because Bill
wanted a place to raise cattle, having grown up on a cattle ranch. It has 60 acres
of tillable land; half to raise hay and the other half for pasture.
“It was kind of his get-away hobby,” Cindy says, “and he and I have always
had horses. We would ride out in the timber.” That’s when she started to think
about helping patients with the use of horses.

“I thought about adults I worked with in nursing homes who had strokes,
especially those who didn’t have hobbies. I thought, if I could get them out
here, they would really like it. I started reading about using horses in therapy
and I’ve always loved horses, so wouldn’t it be great if I could work with
horses and do therapy, too?

“My friend, Sue Behrens, a wonderful physical therapist who had put some
of her patients on horses for movement disorders, was seeing good results
from it. So we talked about what we could do to offer more therapy using
the horses.” Behrens has been a physical therapist at Timber Creek Therapies
since the beginning.

That thought started Cindy down a path of much reading and studying.

“I went to 11 different states and took training from other therapists who have ABOVE: Side walker Merv Krakau goes along with
programs and learned how it all started,” she says. “Every place I visited, I would a guest who visited Timber Creek Therapies for
look at the facility and think about what we might be able to do at our facility.” the opportunity to ride a horse for the first time
in decades. BELOW: The therapy center’s Bobcat
skid-steer loader and auger are used to install
Through her studies, Cindy learned the way a horse walks is the same way a
new fence posts.
human being walks. Here is how she describes it: “When you walk, your pelvis
moves your torso, your trunk, in three different places, simultaneously. You get
an anterior posterior motion, lateral motion and rotation pattern. All three of
those things are going on at the same time, and there’s no machine that has
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RENTAL
TIMBER CREEK THERAPIES

Outside of the horses at Timber Creek


Therapies, Cindy McCarty has a physical
therapy room and another area with a warm
water pool that features a moving current to
help patients work on balance and mobility.

Another machine in the PT room helps


spinal cord patients by making the patient’s
muscles contract, even in a paralyzed limb,
so it helps to keep the muscles viable,
according to Cindy.

been developed that can duplicate the treatment year-round,” she says. “We a horse leader, a therapist and a side
human walk.” have had a number of people come walker. Most commonly, Krakau walks
to us in wheelchairs who are now with patients. Cindy says he is the
Hippotherapy is the common name independent walkers, and many had therapy center’s “strong side walker.”
associated with the use of horses in been in traditional therapy. The horse is
physical, occupational and speech/ For patients who are not able to ride,
a tool for therapy like no other. Cindy even has a carriage that is pulled
language therapy programs; “Hippos” is
the Greek word for horse. The therapy is “We don’t make any money at Timber by the Belgian horse. “I knew some of
believed to have originated in Germany Creek Therapies, and that’s probably the geriatric population wouldn’t be
and, according to McCarty, was brought another reason why there aren’t other able to get on the horses, so I found
to the United States in the early 1980s. facilities like ours. I donate my time someone who builds carriages and he
so that helps pay the staff and the bills, made it for Timber Creek Charities,”
“Therapists brought their knowledge of and the help from our charity makes it she says. It also accommodates
hippotherapy back to the United States, possible to see more patients and keep individuals in wheel chairs with a few
started programs all around the country, providing services. A lot of my friends minor modifications.

started doing more research and found are retiring. I don’t want to even think Visit www.MyWorkSaver.com/SSL to find more
that it was a good tool.” about retiring. I’m happy to get up and information about Bobcat skid-steer loaders,
go to work every day.” including approved attachments.
NEXT STEP: INDOOR ARENA
In 2001, Cindy and Bill took the next Today, Timber Creek Therapies has
step and had an indoor riding arena 24 horses, which are cared for by
constructed, and a therapy building built Timber Creek Ranch. Most of the

online exclusive
in 2002. The 80-by-120-foot arena is horses are available for therapy with
where visitors participate in physical, patients, and there are different breeds
occupational and speech/language because, as Cindy points out, some
therapies. Timber Creek Ranch also diagnoses are better with certain breeds
offers therapeutic riding as a recreational than others.“For example, people
activity for people with disabilities. Many Want to see more Timber
who have neurological diseases, like Creek Therapies photos?
patients have insurance coverage for their Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis, do
therapies but, for those who don’t, Timber better with gaited horses because of Simply scan this bar code or
Creek Charities steps in to help. In 2012, their lateral pelvic movement,” she visit the URL below.
Timber Creek Therapies helped 175 says. “Our horses include Quarter www.MyWorkSaver.com/timbercreek
individuals with disabilities to receive horses, Appaloosas, Paints, Tennessee
therapeutic treatment at Timber Creek Walkers, Haflingers, a Norwegian
Ranch. A portion of this group comes Fjord, a Missouri Fox Trotter, an
from area nursing homes and adult Arabian cross, a draft cross
residential facilities. and a Belgian.”
“We operate 52 weeks of the year and, Patients wear helmets and gait belts
as far as I know, we are the only facility for safety purposes. Three people
in Iowa using horses in medically based accompany each patient and horse:

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PRECISE REBUILDERS

WISE DECISION TO ADD RENTAL


EQUIPMENT REPAIR BUSINESS SEES OPPORTUNITY TO DIVERSIFY WITH
THE ADDITION OF BOBCAT COMPACT EQUIPMENT AND ATTACHMENTS

For almost two decades, Keith Garner a couple of neighboring counties. Although Garner originally believed that
has operated Precise Rebuilders, a The nearest equipment rental store is rental would be good for his company
company based in Lexington, Tenn., about 40 miles away. A bypass road because employees were so proficient
that rebuilds alternators, starters that is planned to move highway traffic at maintaining and repairing equipment,
and generators. When the price of around the town figures to be good for that hasn’t been much of an issue with
components began to impact profitability his business — it will come within his Bobcat machines.
about six years ago, he started to look 300 yards of the store. “They have been very reliable,” he says.
for a way to diversify. Around the same “A lot of our rental customers are “At times our customers refer to them as
time, the only equipment rental store in long-time users of our rebuilding ‘indestructible,’ and I agree. They rent
town was going out of business. services,” he says. “As they go in and as well as anything we have, which is a
The timing could not have worked out out the front door getting their own testimony to their versatility, durability
better, and neither could the results. equipment repaired, they see we are in and usefulness.”
“I thought rental would be a nice fit the rental business. I did not foresee that Garner has never traded in any Bobcat
for us because we are so proficient at happening as much as it does, but the equipment, preferring instead to sell
maintaining equipment,” Garner says. overlap has been very advantageous.” them himself.
“It certainly has been a good decision.” “The resale value has always been
CHOOSING EQUIPMENT CAREFULLY THEY HAVE BEEN VERY excellent,” he says. “Typically a Bobcat
Garner carefully selected the equipment RELIABLE. AT TIMES machine will pay for itself after about a
year of rentals and we keep them for an
for his rental business after researching OUR CUSTOMERS additional two years, a very profitable
products on the Internet, attending rental
REFER TO THEM AS two years.”
shows and surveying his rebuilding
customers. His research has paid off ‘INDESTRUCTIBLE,’ Visit www.MyWorkSaver.com/rental to learn
in spades. AND I AGREE. more about Bobcat compact equipment and
“Early on, I began looking for skid-steer THEY RENT AS WELL attachments for rental.
and compact track loaders,” he says. AS ANYTHING WE
“I found that Bobcat® products were at HAVE, WHICH IS
the top of most people’s list for being A TESTIMONY TO
user-friendly and maintenance-friendly.
Once I added them to my rental fleet, THEIR VERSATILITY,
I found that to be true.” DURABILITY AND
USEFULNESS.
DIVERSE BOBCAT LINEUP
— KEITH GARNER, PRECISE REBUILDERS
Currently, Garner has a pair of compact
track loaders, including a new M-Series
T650, a skid-steer loader, an MT52 Contractors, homeowners and farmers
mini track loader and two compact are the leading groups of renters, notes
excavators. He also has several Bobcat Garner. Most rent for a day; he very
attachments for use with his Bobcat seldom gets long-term business. The
tool carriers. Bobcat mini track loader with trencher
Garner’s store, which is located on attachment is popular with farmers Keith Garner of Precise Rebuilders most
recently added a Bobcat T650 compact
one of the main streets in Lexington installing cattle watering stations. They
track loader to the company’s rental fleet.
(pop. 8,000), attracts customers from also rent one of his larger loaders twice a
throughout Henderson County as well as year to clean out cattle stalls.

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Favorite Bread Submitted by Deanna Good, Hummelstown, Pa.

3 cups flour 1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, and cover with a
towel. Let sit overnight.
1 3/4 teaspoon salt
2. Preheat oven to 450° F.
1/2 teaspoon yeast 3. Place dough on well-floured surface. Shape into ball
and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for 30 minutes.
1 1/2 cup water
4. Place a covered baking dish in oven for 30 minutes.
5. Put dough in preheated pan, put cover over and bake
30 minutes.
6. Remove lid and bake 15 minutes.

Granola Bar Bites Submitted by Anna McLeod, Gilbert, S.C.

2 cups old-fashioned oats 2 tablespoons butter 1. Prepare 8x8-inch baking dish: Line with parchment
1 cup Rice Krispies® cereal 2 tablespoons coconut oil paper and spray with cooking spray.

1/2 cup to 1 cup favorite trail (or butter, if you prefer) 2. In a large bowl, stir together oats, cereal and
mix (such as dried fruits, nuts 1/4 cup dark corn syrup trail mix.
and coconut flakes) 1/3 cup brown sugar 3. Over medium-high heat, melt butter, coconut oil
(or butter), corn syrup and brown sugar in a small
saucepan. Once mixture starts to bubble, reduce
heat to low and cook for two minutes.
4. Remove from heat. Pour hot mixture over cereal.
Stir well to combine.
5. Pour into prepared baking dish. Press down firmly
with spatula.
6. Allow to cool and then cut to preferred size
(for example, 2-inch cubes).
Granola Bar Bites will keep fresh for several days in a
sealed container.

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