Depth Check


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The Bobcat® depth check system accurately measures depth and grade without exiting your compact excavator. Avoid the need for someone to manually check the grade or depth with a tape measure or "stick" receiver, and eliminate the need to set up laser equipment for smaller excavation jobs. Because the system prevents under-digging and over-digging, you reduce costs and increase efficiency.

The system is ideal for:

  • Trenching utility lines
  • Placing drainage ditches
  • Digging basements
  • Installing sewer lines and drain fields
  • Site preparation for footings or pads

Utilizing sensors that detect the exact position of the bucket's teeth, the Bobcat depth check system allows operators to set a desired digging depth and work against that benchmark. The integrated panel continually references the current and desired depths, while audible alerts indicate whether the operator is approaching the target, at the target, or beyond the target.

On larger jobsites, an optional laser receiver offers operators greater flexibility to move around, benching off of a laser signal rather than a fixed grade point. It's compatible with optional CR600 and BLR 2 laser receivers.

Unlike other systems, the Bobcat depth check system integrates with the Bobcat deluxe instrument panel. This offers simple operation and eliminates the need for an add-on display monitor inside the cab. The system includes three position sensors (boom, arm, and bucket) with required harnesses. The wired system reduces lag time with no batteries to replace.

The Bobcat depth check system is a dealer-installed accessory for select Bobcat compact excavators (E32i through E55 models) configured with deluxe instrumentation. It is compatible with standard arm and long arm configurations, but cannot be used with the extendable arm option.


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Faster Depth Checks

If you’re over-digging or under-digging, you’re wasting valuable time. That’s why Bobcat® developed the first depth check system for compact equipment. You won’t find this feature on Caterpillar®, John Deere®, or Kubota® compact (mini) excavators. With it, you’ll spend less time checking your depth and more time digging. It’s just another way Bobcat makes your job easier and quicker. See how it works.


How To: Use the Depth Check System

Watch the videos to learn how to use a depth check system and some helpful best practices.

Video 1:

Get a brief overview of the depth check system and basic operation tips. You’ll also learn how to set benchmarks and target depths, which are key steps in preventing overdigging and underdigging.
> Watch video 1


Video 2:

Learn how to how to set up the depth check system for minimal cover applications.
> Watch video 2


Video 3:

Learn how to how to set up the depth check system to sustain a grade, such as inside a trench.
> Watch video 3


Video 4:

Learn how to set up the depth check system to sustain a grade with a laser accessory, such as a beacon.
> Watch video 4