10,000 Bobcat E10 mini excavators in 10 yearsPublished 25/3 at 12:46
The 10,000th E10 1t mini excavator rolled off the Bobcat production line in 2018 in its 10th year of production. The E10, now renamed the E10z, has proved to be ideal for a variety of applications including rental, construction, demolition, refurbishment, landscaping, trenching and drainage work.
The launch of the E10 mini excavator in April 2008 was seen as a landmark moment in Bobcat’s history and in the development of the company’s compact excavator range. The E10, along with the E08, were the first excavator models designed and built from start to finish in Europe. The goal was to replace previous models by meeting the expectations of customers in Europe and beyond. The E10 is now called the E10z to reflect that it is a zero tail swing mini excavator that is designed and engineered to provide a high combination of performance, stability, operator safety, ergonomics and durability in the mini excavator segment.
A major differentiating feature of the E10z is its patented side adjustable consoles which accommodate hydraulic pilot pressure controlled joysticks. This design is said to be unique in its class, allowing the operator to enjoy the comfort and feel of much larger machines, whilst being able to adjust the width of the consoles for easy passage through narrow openings.
Impressing its users
Tom Macfarlane, owner of True Plant Hire Limited and Trueline Midlands Limited, based in Wymeswold in Leicestershire in the UK, says: "All of our fleet below 8t is from Bobcat and has been supplied by our local dealer, Butler Reynolds. The Bobcat E10z was one of the first machines we bought for our hire fleet. It is a very good machine offering compactness and versatility, with a width of 710mm allowing it to pass through doorways and other narrow passages. For a small machine, it offers much more power than you'd expect for a 1t model and much more than other minis of this size on the market. It combines this with high operator comfort - the joysticks are easy to use and offer high precision when working."
According to Bertus Boer, general director of Inter-Techno, the Dutch reseller for Bobcat, and one of the most active sellers of the E10z in Europe, the market share for Bobcat compact excavators in the Netherlands is steadily growing. “The E10z mini excavator in particular is selling really well,” he says. “This year we have already shipped well over 70 units. We find that the E10z is especially popular in gardening and landscaping. For many years, the standard equipment of a gardener was a lawnmower. But because it is becoming more and more difficult to find personnel, companies are able to do a large part of the manual work quickly and efficiently, thanks to a mini excavator like the E10z and its wide range of attachments. The E10z is operated with a servo joystick. This is really very comfortable, so employees can work with the machine eight hours a day without any problems.”
Being the second smallest model in the Bobcat excavator range, the E10z is easy to transport. In addition to the access provided by its retractable undercarriage reducing its width to only 710mm, the integrated foldable TOPS facilitates passage through openings with low headroom for work inside buildings and in basements. Once the excavator is positioned and ready for work, the undercarriage on the E10z can be expanded to 1100mm for maximised stability in all working conditions.
The E10z’s low width enables excellent manoeuvrability in confined spaces, while the zero tail swing design is an additional advantage when working in tight areas. Thanks to a standard second speed range, the E10z is also able to move quickly around job sites to complete projects faster and work more efficiently.
Increased safety and comfort
The E10z also offers several important safety features for operators. A grab bar provides assistance for getting on and off the machine. Entry and exit from the excavator is also made easier thanks to the completely open, flat area for the feet in the operator station. The design of the E10z ensures that the boom offset cannot reach the feet, providing protection in this area. Operator safety and comfort is further enhanced by the completely retractable seat belt on the E10z. Both the left and right consoles on the E10z, which serve as comfortable arm rests, need to be lowered and locked in order to operate the machine. The position of the joystick controls on the E10z can also be adjusted to suit different operators.