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What kind of vehicle/horsepower will I need to tow a Bobcat 322 mini-excavator?

Guidance from, say, Bobcat is pretty thin. I saw one web post from a bobcat dealer in which the advice was "Make sure the vehicle is adequate to tow the bobcat". Yeah, no kidding Sherlock.

The Bobcat plus the trailer weighs about 4000 pounds. What kind of vehicle will I need to tow this?

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    How far? Over what sort of terrain? Does the trailer have brakes?
    – dlu
    Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 3:31
  • On paved road with normal travel. Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 4:33
  • BOBCAT 322 SPECS I see that shipping length is near 13ft and weight without trailer is over 3500lbs. Would expect towed total to be more closer to 5000lbs with sitting on the trailer. Commented Oct 5, 2016 at 19:00

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You'll need something with a Class III hitch to handle the weight of the trailer. Odds are good that if a Class III hitch is available the payload of the vehicle will handle the tongue weight, but make sure of that. I would expect the tongue weight to be upwards of 600 pounds. Depending on the vehicle, you might want to look for a weight distributing (equalizing) hitch.

Horsepower requirements will vary with the terrain and acceleration requirements, but it's quite likely that any vehicle for which a Class III hitch is available will be up to the task, at least in relatively flat country.

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