Model year: 2012Date Purchased: 2013-04-04Number of Hours: 390
"I have gone through three wheel bearings and axles since I purchased this in 2013. Also I have had electrical issues with lights and the starter. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Very handy tractor that has multiple uses Cons: Front wheel bearing and axle issues Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA SDI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Bobcat 450 with Cab
Model year: 2012Date Purchased: 2012-01-12Number of Hours: 140
"So far it has been a great tractor I have 140 hours
and have had no problems. Use mainly for mowing in our pecan grove I have moved a lot of dirt in the front loader, it is a little light in the rear end have had to use ballast on three point. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Reliable, comfortable, capable or everything I have used it for.Cons: Light in the rear end.Type of User: Homeowner 100+ AcresLocation: USA OKI also considered buying: Massey Ferguson 1045 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
CT 450 Has Done Well for Almost a Year
Model year: 2012Date Purchased: 2012-01-20Number of Hours: 157
"With the warranty period ending soon, the electrical problems that have suddenly appeared, will in theory be rectified.
Too many electronics, electric over hydraulics. Wondering if back to the basics, less complicated system of tractor control is better.
Considered several other tractors in same hp class (50 hp)."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Power, function, utility, ease of implement change.Cons: Stiff clutch, stiff shuttle stick, position of throttle, instruments not well sealed. seat could be more adjustable.Type of User: Homeowner 100+ AcresLocation: USA NMI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
A Hidden Kioti Under the White Paint
by JD Heckhausen
Model year: 2012Date Purchased: 2013-02-15Number of Hours: 160
"Bobcat's new Korean owners war with Kubota killed in 2013 their CT certified trouble tractor program.
Mine has a backhoe and loader with an grapple aux. hydraulic port. The electrical valve, the entire dashboard go on-and off at their own will anytime for a few seconds or a minute. The 4x4 light dims.
The loader welds are poorly painted, the backhoe pins act worn. The black anodized hydraulic cylinders on the backhoe rust and have nicks I would not have with chrome. All way outside of the traditional A+++ Bobcat quality tradition under the previous US owners.
No wonder Kubota and others are pushing hard into Bobcat's turf.
After our 2010 Toolcat debacle with 9 failed software upgrades it is the second misfit toy. I should have stayed with yellow-green. Sniff, tears.
The local dealer tries hard but the new Bobcat ND owners do not recognize it as warranty."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Great power, sturdy.Cons: Stiff transmission, poor paint job and ghosts in the electrical system.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA NCI also considered buying: John Deere 5055D REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
CT450sst Compact Tractor
by richard cohen
Model year: 2010Date Purchased: 2010-03-10Number of Hours: 76
"I am very happy with the Bobcat compact tractor. I bought the shuttle drive model (hard to find) because they say it has three more horsepower at the PTO. It requires a lot of shifting though. I love the machine it has done everything I asked it to. The battery that came with it was not powerful enough. I ended up putting a 1000 cca battery in it, now it starts no matter how cold and runs fine. I use it to brush hog grade roads and trails disk wildlife plots and move dirt. It came with front end loader. As I said it works great; I like it a lot."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Easy to use, reliable, easy to service built tough.Cons: None except it should come with a bigger battery.Type of User: Homeowner 50-100 AcresLocation: USA MDI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Leif Anderson
Model year: 2010Date Purchased: 2010-04-25Number of Hours: 980
"It gets used on our horse/cattle farm 20 hours a week on average. Feeding round bails of hay, cleaning manure, plowing snow and raking hay. It does all well, with power to spare."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Stability, power, fuel economy, and comfort.Cons: I had three warranty issues, all hydraulic lines.Type of User: Homeowner 50-100 AcresLocation: USA PAI also considered buying: New Holland T1110, Bobcat Toolcat 5610D REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by DAVID BERTHOLL
Model year: 2009Date Purchased: 2009-08-01Number of Hours: 510
"I think that this tractor was made for the northern states in this Louisiana heat. When I turn on the a.c. with a 6 foot bushhog it wants to overheat after about 5 hrs. I've taken it back to the dealer several times to no avail. Does good as long as the a.c. isn't running have pulled the oil cooler out several times to clean behind it. It gets very hot in the cab without the a.c."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Good power.Cons: Tractor overheats.Type of User: Commercial FarmerLocation: USA LAI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Best Tractor Ever
by mark scharringhausen
Model year: 2011Date Purchased: 2011-09-01Number of Hours: 126
"I have operated several brands of tractors on my ranch and our new Bobcat so far is the best we have ever used. The pickup capacity and operation are buy far better then any other."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: For the size the capacity.Cons: Did not buy the rear wiper for the cab.Type of User: Homeowner 100+ AcresLocation: USA TXI also considered buying: John Deere 2630, Case 1290 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Ct450 - Nice
Model year: 2010Date Purchased: 2011-12-23Number of Hours: 8
"Well I have added about 4 hours to the clock so far. Tested out the 72" rotary cutter (A.K.A brush hog), the bucket loader and a 72 inch root grapple so far.
Clearly the grapple's weight and capacity will require more counter weight than the brush hog. But I didn't like having something sticking out 8 feet behind me when I'm focused on the work in front of me anyway.
That may be a bit large for the grapple, maybe a 5" would have been a better fit weight wise. The curl is a bit tough with a load. But it covers the front wheel width.
This setup sure makes for an efficient machine here on the farm. Work is a breeze and compared to the ford 2000 (which is only a year or so away from it's 50th birthday). Brush hogging is effortless and swapping tools on the front is amazingly easy.
Quite happy with it so far, even that comfortable seat beats that steel saddle on a strong spring that I'm used to.
More when it gets some more hours...Bobt"
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Significant power, good ergonomics.Cons: I just need some coounter weight.Type of User: Homeowner 50-100 AcresLocation: USA MII also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
CT 450 SST
Model year: 2010Date Purchased: 2010-08-25Number of Hours: 430
"I love the little tractor. I got the shuttle shift rather than the hydro. Use it with a brush grapple, smooth bucket, auger, brush hog, log skidder and box blade.
I have worked it hard clearing brush and putting in roads, it's done everything I've asked of it. Starts right up any time even in cold weather.
Maintenance wise it's been pretty good once some teething problems were addressed. Had an electrical glitch that kept blowing fuel shutoff solenoids when new. The dealer put a whole new wire harness in but it was down for almost a month while they got around to it.
The deciding factor in going with this tractor was the proximity of a local dealer in the area (Kansas City). I've had the unit just over a year and KC Bobcat has decided not to handle the line anymore which is irritating.
The Bobcat compact tractor line has been acquired by a local turf/golf cart business. Just got some parts from them the other day and they seem nice but it's a brand new thing for them and the whole Bobcat dealer strategy doesn't inspire a lot of confidence.
Couple that with the fact that Bobcat guards service and parts information like state secrets to keep you in thrall to the Bobcat dealer network and it can be irritating.
I'd recommend the tractor as a great little work horse with good value."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Reliable. Bobtach skidloader type mounting rocks. Tough little unit. Good value, green paint must really be expensive. Well thought out, little touches like the rear operable three point makes dealing with attachments easy.Cons: Dealer support so so in this area. Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA MOI also considered buying: Kioti DK50, Kubota L4400 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS