North Jersey Bobcat Demos Iron in a ’Most Unusual Way’

Wed October 20, 2004 - Northeast Edition

Three hundred people gathered at Bobcat of North Jersey for the “Bobcat Extravaganza” Open House, which included machine demonstrations in the most unique way. The day also featured a skill test rodeo, static job site, fun for kids, large barbecue, and an area where customers could operate an S300, T300 or a 431 excavator.

Bobcat of North Jersey showed off the maneuverability and power of Bobcat Equipment in a 15-minute choreographed skit involving Bobcat skid steer loaders, excavators and the Toolcat 5600. Spectators watched as Bobcat Superheroes battled the Bobcat Evil Villains with Bobcat machinery. The characters sped around in the newest Bobcat machines showing the crowd the speed, power and agility of the equipment.

“You would be amazed by skills demonstrated in this event; all performers were experienced machine operators. We had 12 machines moving at one time in a small area. Precise movements were necessary to prevent crashes,” said Pat Barckett, sales manager.

Bobcat of North Jersey also was displaying the newest addition to the dealership, a static scaled-down job site featuring eight pieces of equipment. The “Job Site” has equipment in all stages from demolition to final touches of landscaping. It features attachments and light construction equipment, such as rammers and air compressors, new to the Bobcat line of equipment. It was built by the staff of North Jersey Bobcat and patron donations of supplies.

The skill test rodeo was popular with many of the landscapers and contractors that attended the event. They competed for the fastest time and coveted title the “Best Operator.” The skill test included scooping up dirt, driving through a course and loading a faux truck with a Bobcat skid steer. Eric Pilaar, of Designscapes in Wantage, NJ, completed the task in a speedy 39 seconds.

The day’s events proved to be so popular that it has become tradition for Bobcat of North Jersey Bobcat. Other events, social and informational, also are being planned for the future.

For more information, call 973/774-9500.