Bobcat introduced a new Depth Check system option, a grade control system, for compact excavator owners for increased performance, profitability and productivity. The system is available for use with E32, E32i, E35, E35i, E42, E45, E50 and E55 models, with either standard or long-arm iterations.

The Depth Check system utilizes three sensors, one on the trenching or grading bucket, one on the arm and one on the boom, and are connected to the deluxe instrument panel inside the cab to track the precise location of the bucket teeth as the bucket, boom and arm move. The system can be calibrated to a specific machine as well as its corresponding attachments, up to five buckets, using the excavator’s boom and arm length, as well as a bucket tooth radius.

Bobcat compact excavator operators can dig faster using less effort and have greater precision with the Depth Check system. Tasks such as trenching for footings and utility lines or grading ditches call for a consistent grade or sustained slope. The Depth Check system has an accuracy of ± 0.5 inches, preventing excavator operators from stopping the machine to measure depth and entering and exiting a trench with a measuring device. It helps to minimize over-digging and under-digging, and the costs and time associated with backfilling, compacting fill material and manual labor to finalize depth or grade. No additional display screens are required, allowing for more operator space in the excavator’s cab.

Two Depth Check system laser receivers are available. The CR600 basic laser is not tied to the system; however, it visually aligns the receiver with the beacon signal. The BLR2 receiver is available as an upgrade, is connected to the Depth Check system harness and can catch the beacon signal as it passes through the beam.