Synopses & Reviews
Marking the 50th anniversary of an icon of American industry, this book celebrates a half-century of Bobcat with brilliant images of these quintessentially American machines at work, including historical photographs and diagrams, alongside the full story of the only compact machines that have ever mattered.
Often imitated but never equaled, the Bobcat skid-steer loader was born when some hardy souls in the Northern Plains needed a new way to get work done. The pictures in these pages show how the Bobcat loader has been moving American industry ever since, joined over the years by Bobcat excavators and trenchers, utility trucks and more.
Bobcat Fifty Years chronicles the changes and innovations that have kept the company at the forefront of the nation’s compact machinery makers--from the invention of the Bob-Tach quick-change attachment system to the introduction of the Big Bob, the Mini-Bob, and the M-700, the first hydrostatic loader of its size. Here, again and again, is evidence of why Fortune Magazine named the Bobcat one of “America’s best”--one of the 100 American-made products that represent the best of their kind, anywhere in the world.
Farm Industry News, November 2007
“This book is a handsomely illustrated and briskly written history. Much has changed, but this book demonstrates how one great idea continues to be the basis of 50 years of business success.”
“Brilliant images of these American machines at work.”
Grand Folks Herald & Website, Oct. 19, 2007
“From the invention of the Bob-Tach quick-change attachment system to the introduction of the Big Bob, the Mini-Bob and the M-700, Bobcat Fifty Years covers it all.” Aug. 29, 2007
Thefreelibrary.com, November 2007
“This history is informed, informative, and enthusiastically recommended for personal and community library collections.”
Western Builder, November 2007
“Recently released a book that details the history of the company, from the first compact loader to what has grown into a worldwide brand icon.”
Rocky Mountain Construction, November 2007
“Many of these accounts are in print for the very first time.”
A half-century of an icon of American industry, in words and pictures.
About the Author
Marty Padgett has been an automotive journalist since the 1990s. He is currently editor of “the Web’s automotive authority,” TheCarConnection.com (www.thecarconnection.com). In addition, Padgett contributes regularly to Stuff magazine as their resident “road warrior.” He also writes car news and columns for Import Tuner, Edmunds.com and other publications. Over the years, his articles have appeared in a wide range of magazines, including Car and Driver, Outside, AutoWeek, Men’s Health, and Details.