Everyone was all smiles at the Lake Wheeler Turfgrass Research Facility Friday October 22, 2009. Not only was it a beautiful day, but Jay Melland and Floyd Knight presented the keys to a 2010 versatile Bobcat Compact Tractor to the NCSU Turf Research Program. Floyd Knight sells Bobcat brand equipment at his Bobcat of Johnston County dealership in Garner, NC. When the Turf Research Lab Superintendent, Bob Erickson, CGCS contacted him about the program's need for a tractor, Mr. Knight and the Bobcat family were pleased to help.
"Bobcat is known for its skid steers and other compact equipment, but the compact tractors are a new item to this year's inventory." said Jay Melland, District Sales Manager for Bobcat.
"People are buying them to use for everything from home use to commercial landscape work- and in this economy, that's really saying something about the product." He said with a distinct tone of pride.
Looking at the tractor, it's clear to see why Jay and Floyd are both so proud. This tractor is a perfect blend of size, power, and versatility for turfgrass management programs- which may be one of the reasons sales are good during these tough times. "It's a lot of machine for the price." Melland adds to his earlier statements. Like many tractors, the Bobcat compact tractor offers the convenience of the front end loader plus the practicality of the PTO for standard tractor attachments. However, one of the features that make it uniquely Bobcat, is the front auxiliary hydraulics allowing for a myriad of attachments to be used on one machine. It's like having a skid steer AND a tractor, in one peice of equipment. What that means is one machine "does it all"; it works as a skid steer, a tractor, a mower, and can use several special attachments (auger, trencher, grinders, etc.).
The students will definitely benefit from learning about the many turfgrass friendly bells and whistles: front end loader, turf saver tires, compact turning radius, PTO, safety seat, and the list goes on. With its size, utility based design features, and shiny pops of orange paint, this Bobcat is definitely offering a NEW look to the tractor industry and a welcomed addition to the NCSU Turfgrass Program.