1st Bobcat Skid Steer

Only a very rare few brand names become synonymous with what they are. Say "Kleenex" and we all know you could mean tissue.

Same with Bobcat.

Quite a fascinating story with the development of the skid steer loader, which Bobcat of course pioneered and came the term "Bobcat" came to mean "skid steer" to many folks, even to this day. Got thinking about Bobcat this afternoon when I was sent this picture from the showroom floor of Lano Equipment (http://www.lanoequip.com), a Bobcat dealer in Norwood, MN...picture of a restored 1960 Bobcat M400, 1 of only 200 made, technically the 1st production model skid steer ever made:

Now you may recall a blog I wrote last year that was titled "The 1st Skid Steer Loader". Actually that 1958 farmer invented machine wasn't technically a full fledged "skid steer" yet. Farmer brothers Cyril "Cy" and Louis Keller from Rothsay, MN made their "Powered Scoop Shovel" for local turkey farmer Eddie Velo who had been complaining about his trouble cleaning his turkey barns. So here's what the Keller brothers invented:

Here's link to that blog I wrote this "Powered Scoop Shovel" the Keller brothers invented: https://www.machinerypete.com/media_posts/the-1st-skid-steer-loader

Back to the restored 1960 Bobcat M400 in the showroom at Lano Equipment in Norwood, MN...I got poking around Bobcat skid steer history and found a very cool, insightful blog from Bobcat itself, talking about the history of the skid steer. The blog said it wasn't until 1960 when the company added a rear drive axle and created the four-wheel drive M400 could the machine now be called a "skid steer". I found this Bobcat blog to a fascinating walk through time, here's a link to read it yourself, trust me, you'll enjoy it: https://blog.bobcat.com/2016/03/m440-was-first-bobcat-loader-in-1962/


Here are a few more pictures of the restored 1960 Bobcat M400 skid steer in the showroom of Lano Equipment in Norwood, MN:






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Truely an interesting history of this company headquartered in North Dakota. They adopted a Product Design software solution called Pro/E (Pro Engineer) from Parametric Technology Corporation back in the late 1990’'s. Primarily used in Engineering, it was also used to integrate with Manufacturing and their Supply Chain. From what I understand this was quite successful in improving Quality and reducing Costs among other benifit’s. This forward looking approach by using Strategy to support their Business Goals paves the way for them to continue to be the Market Leader in this space.
Could be something your readers might find interesting if you did a story on it with the folks at Bobcat.

So was Bobcat made by Melroe?

in their early days they were melroe company
then became bobcat

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