Toy Construction #119: Playing with a Bob Cat

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Blog entry by htl posted 11-18-2016 12:07 AM 2082 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Started on a semi scratch built bobcat.
Found some hand drawn plans on the net and with pictures from my favorites page am getting it built.
Thanks Gr8hunter for your great pictures.
Oak cherry and walnut

If you look close you can see where I had to back up and redo some of my work because of a design flaw.
I could have worked around it but it would have never been right so just bite the bullet and redo it.

The seat and the roof and also the back are all junk yard parts left over from other projects

These aren’t the wheels I’ll use just a look see.

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#1 posted 11-18-2016 12:29 AM

Looking good! You are doing a marvelous job!

I have run “Actual BobCats” and other skidsteer loaders off and on for the last 40 years.

The original BobCats were a 3 wheelers. Made on a farmyard at Foxhome MN. Then they next ones were built by the same brothers at their farm at Gwinner, ND.

The patent was then sold to Melroe Manufacturing;(Gwinner) and eventually bought and resold many times.
I believe they are no foreign owned but still manufactured at Gwinner.

I was through the Gwinner factory 30+ years ago and it had the first robotic welders I had ever seen.

They are a very marvelous machine!

We actually have a tiny cousin the Progidy Powerehouse Skidsteer. It is rubber tracked and you actually stand on a small platform at the rear of it. It has a 13 horsepower Hoda 2 cylinder aircooled engine.

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#2 posted 11-18-2016 12:36 AM

Ralbuck I used to get on them and play around on job sites during breaks way back in the 1970’s and while doing research for this build saw the cats you are using.
Looks like a real time saver and your back also. lol

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Bruce Barber

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#3 posted 11-18-2016 01:50 AM

Hi HTM ,, we are both doing a Bobcat ,, i enlarged my plans to 140% so it withh be about 14” long and 9’ tall 6’wide.. like what you did on the seat ,, how did you do that ?? i am making my own wheels with groves in them ,,

-- Bruce, Edmonton Alberta, Canada

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#4 posted 11-18-2016 02:51 AM

COOL Bruce!!!
Mine will be a little baby one compared to yours.
Kinda like this. LOL

The back of the seat is walnut 1/4” deep and cherry 1/8” deep glug up then shaped it was a leftover part from my 32 chevy’s radiator.

The seat part was from here.

How I did this is here.
The back with all the holes was another left over part that I didn’t like for that build but works great here.
I like to make parts bigger than needed, much safer on the hands so have left over parts I can use on other builds.
Hope this is helpful.

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#5 posted 11-18-2016 03:05 AM

You are surely a very talented craftsman Bruce….Love the Bobcat

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#6 posted 11-18-2016 04:02 AM

I’m so glad I was able to help I didn’t even know it LOL ......... That’s the best …..... yours will look nice also with finish on it …...... GREAT JOB

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#7 posted 11-18-2016 08:05 AM

Nice Bruce Bob car like the other nice Bruce Bob car


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#8 posted 11-18-2016 12:48 PM

You’ve gotten pretty dang good on doing the wheels for all these toys, so why not get up out of your comfort zone and make tracks for this one.

Oh and, better watch out …. BobCats bite !


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#9 posted 11-18-2016 02:35 PM

Joe I thought about it but the main reason for this build is to make them knobby tires I have seen on some other cool cats.
You know me I like to make different type wheels.
Plus I have some mahogany track parts left but would need to make the cat 2 to 3 times bigger to use them.
I’ve been shrinking my builds down to save room so going that big ain’t going to happen.
Been wanting to make the John Deer back tires but don’t want or need a tractor. lol

Plus there’s a ton a work to build tracks and I’ve done that twice so.

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#10 posted 11-18-2016 02:50 PM

It was your 4 pictures that helped me get started.
From all the different angles it was a real help.
Have never understood how some will build such great models and toys and then just give us one picture to look at.

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#11 posted 11-19-2016 11:07 PM

This has a lot of wonderful details and outstanding craftsmanship. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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