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When to Choose a Bobcat Toolcat vs a Bobcat Utility Vehicle

August 19, 2022

When to Choose a Bobcat Toolcat vs a Bobcat Utility Vehicle

What is the difference between a Bobcat Toolcat and a Bobcat Utility Vehicle?

When should you choose one machine over the other, and what use case does each type of machine excel in?

Utility Vehicles
Utility Vehicles
Toolcats
Toolcats

Utility Vehicle or Toolcat? That is the Question.

Utility vehicles are popular for use in parks, farms, landscaping, golf courses, and other situations. The side-by-side design is not only comfortable for multiple people, but the all-terrain design, and pickup style allows for easy transportation of materials across rough and variable terrain.

Bobcat makes a similar piece of equipment called the Toolcat, which has many of the same benefits but with one major upgrade. The Toolcat offers the same benefits of a utility vehicle with the added function of front-end attachments such as buckets, sweepers, augurs, brooms and other bobcat attachments.

The Bobcat Utility Vehicle line of equipment is designed for hauling people and cargo over rough terrain. It can also tow a small trailer to move loads, tools, and other goods from place to place. If you find that you need a Utility vehicle, as well as an additional machine such as a compact articulated loader, skid steer or compact track loader, a Bobcat Toolcat may be able to save you money, space and get the job done with a single machine.

Featuring the Bobcat Bobtach system, a wide array of Bobcat attachments fit onto the front loader arm of the Toolcat. This unique design gives the machine the function of a standard utility vehicle with two comfortable seats, and a rear pickup area, plus the function of a skid steer. The 4-wheel steer function limits ground disturbances and the machine can even add a rear implement to add even greater function to this versatile machine. Working in landscaping, agriculture, horticulture, or recreation the Toolcat is a rare breed of do-it-all equipment.

Equipment Comparison

Bobcat UW56 Toolcat Bobcat UV34 Diesel Utility Vehicle
Total Vehicle Capacity 4200lbs 1900lbs
Turning Radius 50.5” 110”
Horsepower 61 23.5
Max Travel Speed 16.5mph 35mph
Aux. Flow Max 27.9 gal/min N/A
Aux Pressure 3000psi N/A
Model Options UW53, UW56 UV34 Gas, UV34 Diesel, UV34 XL Gas, UV34XL Diesel

Depending on your individual needs, there are distinct benefits of a standard Utility Vehicle and a Toolcat. Having the right machine to get the job done is most important. So, when should you look at a Utility Vehicle, and when should you look at a Toolcat?

Benefits of a Bobcat Utility Vehicle

  • Seats up to 4 people
  • Higher travel speed
  • Lighter machine
  • Available in gas and diesel models
3650
Bobcat 3650 Utility Vehicle
Horsepower: 24.0 hp
Fuel Tank Capacity: 10.0 gal
Maximum Travel Speed: 30.0 mph
UV34
Bobcat UV34 Utility Vehicle
Horsepower: 40.0 hp
Fuel Tank Capacity: 10.0 gal
Maximum Travel Speed: 40.0 mph
UV34XL
Bobcat UV34XL Utility Vehicle
Horsepower: 23.5 hp
Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.0 gal

Benefits of a Bobcat Toolcat

  • All wheel steer design
  • Tighter turning radius
  • Increased horsepower and weight
  • Uses bobcat attachments
5600
Bobcat 5600 Toolcat
Horsepower: 61.0 hp
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20.0 gal
Maximum Travel Speed: 17.0 mph
5610
Bobcat 5610 Toolcat
Horsepower: 61.0 hp
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20.0 gal
Maximum Travel Speed: 17.0 mph

The Bobcat line of Utility Vehicles and Toolcats, may look similar to one another, but they offer a very different operator experience. The added front end loader-style function of the Toolcat makes this a work machine, while the simpler nature of the Utility Vehicle is a efficient mover of materials and people.

When to choose a Bobcat Utility Vehicle

  • Need to move people and supplies around quickly
  • Require a lightweight machine to travel across rough terrain
  • Do not require additional functions or attachments

When to choose a Bobcat Toolcat

  • Require the benefits of a Utility Vehicle and a compact loader
  • Have a diverse set of requirements for the vehicle
  • Want to utilize Bobcat attachments for digging, clearing, sweeping, breaking or other tough jobs.

Want to learn more about Bobcat equipment, or get a quote for your next machine? Our team of bobcat specialist are ready to help!