Competitive Comparison: Bobcat T770 vs. Kubota SVL95-2 Compact Track Loader
If you’re comparing the Bobcat T770 to the Kubota SVL95-2 loader, here are the top things to know:
- You’ll lift 275 pounds more with the Bobcat T770 vs. the Kubota SVL95-2.
- The Bobcat T770 has a faster 1-Speed and 2-Speed than the Kubota loader.
- The Bobcat loader offers your pick of standard hand/foot controls or low-effort selectable joystick controls.
- Bob-Dock™ attachment mounting system option lets you swap hydraulic attachments in seconds.
- North American parts distribution means there’s a shorter wait time for Bobcat servicing.
Keep scrolling for a more detailed look at these two models.
Have a lot of earth to move? Time to get a large-frame compact track loader. Pick the best machine for your work with this head-to-head look at the Bobcat T770 vs. the Kubota SVL95-2 loader.
When you’re tackling one monster construction or landscaping project after another, you need a beast of a machine to match. Large compact track loaders are exactly the muscle you need to haul pallets of concrete mix and massive stone pavers, then turn around and power-lift a bucketful of rock. In this size loader frame, there are two contenders worth your attention: the Bobcat T770 and the Kubota SVL95-2. Let’s see how the two large compact track loaders compare.
Size and Performance Comparison
Pound for pound, there’s a big difference between the Bobcat T770 and the Kubota SVL95-2 loaders. First, there’s the operating weight – at 11,574 pounds, the Kubota model is nearly 1,000 pounds heavier than the 10,515-pound Bobcat loader. Unfortunately for Kubota, that higher operating weight does not translate to higher rated operating capacity (ROC). Despite being lighter, the Bobcat T770 can lift 275 pounds more than the bulky Kubota SVL95-2, with an ROC of 3,475 pounds to Kubota’s 3,200 pounds. Pair that with a higher bucket-to-hinge pin height – 131.4 inches on the Bobcat T770 vs. 128.5 inches on the Kubota SVL95-2 – and you’ll not only get more powerful lifts out of the Bobcat model but you’ll be able to maneuver the machine better.
Both the Bobcat and Kubota compact track loaders use a vertical arm lift path. In terms of flotation, Bobcat has a slight edge with a 4.2 psi through the standard 17.7-inch rubber tracks vs. Kubota’s 4.5 psi. Kubota has the edge when it comes to horsepower – 96.4 hp to the Bobcat loader’s 92 hp. But either option gives you plenty of ponies to plow through any task you need.
However, when it comes to working speed and travel speed, the Bobcat T770 races ahead of the Kubota SVL95-2. At 6.6 mph, the Bobcat loader’s single-speed setting outpaces the 5.0 mph single-speed on the Kubota. Crank it up to high speed and watch the Bobcat fly ahead – a swift 10.7 mph vs. Kubota’s turtle-slow 7.3 mph. To keep pace with the Bobcat T770’s productivity, the Kubota SVL95-2 operator would have to work in 2-Speed, which isn’t recommended. Doing so puts a ton of wear and tear on the engine and considerably shortens the loader’s life. Even more cumbersome: switching back and forth between 1- and 2-Speed to try to crank up the speed. Bobcat keeps it simple – you want to work faster? You get that with the T770.
Control and Accuracy Comparison
The most skilled loader operators can move the machine like it’s an extension of themselves. Today’s jobsites demand that level of skill and precision. After all, construction and landscaping crews depend on compact track loaders not just for brawn, but for finishing work and grading too. A good loader needs to do it all.
When it comes to controls, the Bobcat T770 has the advantage over the Kubota SVL95-2. Bobcat has long been known for giving operators the option to customize their machines to match their work. That reputation holds true for the T770 as well, where you have your pick of standard hand/foot controls or low-effort Selectable Joystick Controls that can be further set to your preference for ISO- or H-pattern movement. While Bobcat lets you choose how you want to operate, Kubota only offers a one-size-fits-all hydraulic pilot control in a limited ISO pattern.
Loader Attachments Comparison
The beauty of a compact track loader is how versatile it is on the job – with the right attachment your loader can scoop, grade, bulldoze, lift, carry, drill or plow almost anything. It’s the Swiss Army knife of compact equipment. And while both Bobcat and Kubota provide a decent inventory of attachments to choose from, only Bobcat makes using the attachments easier. From deluxe display to speed management and drift compensation, there are several features that make it easier to run attachments on the T770. Plus, the loader offers the company’s patented Bob-Dock™ attachment mounting system, which lets you swap hydraulic attachments in a few seconds without needing to leave the cab. Unfortunately, if you want to change attachments on the Kubota SVL95-2, you’re going to need to hoist yourself out of the cab and grab some gloves.
Operator Comfort Comparison
Speaking of the cab, what sort of creature comforts can you expect in the Bobcat T770 vs. the Kubota SVL95-2? The first thing you’ll notice is how much roomier the interior of the Bobcat loader is compared to the Kubota model. The T770 features a wide, curved door, plus large side windows and a skylight overhead, letting in plenty of light. There’s enough floor space to move and the sealed, pressurized cab is surprisingly quiet. Contrast that with the more cramped Kubota cab and its rattling pull-down door. Also, there’s an analog display in the console of the Kubota SVL95-2, while the Bobcat T770 boasts a deluxe LCD display with intuitive readouts.
Maintenance and Service Comparison
Your compact track loader is running a marathon every day; it’s going to get a little beat up. Fortunately, both the Bobcat T770 and Kubota SVL95-2 make it easy to perform your own routine maintenance. Although if you run into an issue that requires service, Bobcat has an edge over Kubota. Thanks to its North American parts distribution, there’s little wait time for Bobcat servicing. Kubota uses imported parts for its machines, which can be impacted by a number of factors that can leave your machine in the shop for days or weeks at a time.
In addition, the Kubota SVL95-2’s components are more exposed to the elements, running the risk of snagging a hose on a tree or punching a hole in the vulnerable tailgate. By contrast, the design of the Bobcat T770 protects components against damage by tucking hoses within the frame and safeguarding the cooling system in a super-tough tailgate. One more thing to note: DPF. The Bobcat T770 doesn’t require a diesel particulate filter (DPF) system, so you don’t have to factor in downtime for replacing it and for engine regeneration. You do with the Kubota SVL95-2.