Bobcat introduced a new extendable arm option for the M-Series E55 compact excavator.


The extendable arm is a telescoping arm that provides power and reach. The new extendable arm option provides an additional 30 inches of reach, when fully extended. The new option is also the first extendable arm for compact excavators in this size class that allows the use of the hydraulic clamp and Hydraulic X-Change attachment mounting system.


The arm can be hydraulically extended and retracted as the need arises. When retracted, the arm delivers similar arm force (tear-out force) as a standard arm. Should the operator need to reach back into the trench to clean out material, or needs to reach farther away from the excavation to dump spoil, the arm can be extended an additional 30 inches. Another appealing application for the extendable arm is truck loading. The extendable arm allows the operator to reach to the front or to the far side of a truck to effectively fill the load.


The extendable arm cylinder is operated through a rocker style thumb switch located on the joystick. This allows for fast and simple movements for extending and retracting the arm. 


The extendable arm’s benefits are appealing to those in utility, municipalities and site preparation because it offers the compactness of a standard arm machine with the ability to extend when needed. Working in tight spaces and on concrete and established turf is possible without repositioning the machine. This equals valuable time saved and less re-work required.


The extendable arm maintains the versatility of operating attachments. A unique retention pin holds the arm in the retracted position, allowing use of up to16 different attachments. Bobcat’s extendable arm also accommodates the optional Hydraulic X-Change mounting system, which allows for even faster attachment changes.