A forward-mount instrumentation system is available for six existing models of Bobcat compact excavators. The system is introduced with the E32, E35, E42, E45, E50 and E55 excavators. The panel’s input switches are in front of the operator. The location of the panel also aligns with the existing cab components and work group structures to maintain visibility to the attachment. Owners and operators now have three choices relative to keying the machine: standard panel with key, standard panel with keypad for keyless start and deluxe instrumentation panel with integrated keyless start.