A skid steer is a compact, multipurpose piece of construction equipment, often used in construction, agriculture, digging, and roadwork. It is easy to maneuver, and its arms can attach to different tools such as a loader, power rake, or snow removal equipment. If you plan to buy one, you will have the choice of a new or used model. If you want a used model, make sure that you inspect it. You may need a professional to give his or her opinion.
This is the million-dollar question. You have to decide what your requirements are and the sort of work you will be doing with the skid steer. If you believe that you will be using a skid steer on a regular basis, you should consider buying one. If you plan to use it just for a one-off job or infrequently, it will be more cost-effective to rent one.
When skid steers were first manufactured, they were basically built to do one or two different types of jobs. Now, however, they are versatile machines and with the different attachments can tackle a long list of tasks.
The first thing to consider when purchasing a skid steer is will you be using it in spaces with height or width restrictions. Most skid steers run from 3’ to 6’ wide and up to 12’ in extended height. If you need to move materials or load trucks, look at the dump height. It ranges between 8’ and 12’.
Next, consider the weight limits. The bigger the engine is, the heavier the skid steer will be and the more weight it can lift. For example, if you have a 75 hp engine, the skid steer will weigh around 8000 pounds and will be able to lift 3300 pounds. However, although it can lift a heavy weight, it will be more difficult to maneuver than a lighter model.
You can choose between a vertical lift and a radial lift. If you want to reach greater heights, go for the vertical lift.
Finally, look at what options are on offer. Some skid lifts are more comfortable for the operator. You can choose temperature-controlled cabs which are great for extremes in temperature, enclosed cabs, and comfy seats. You can choose different attachments according to your needs. As well as loaders, other attachments include forestry cutting heads, grapples, mulchers, and drills. If you want to do some simple maintenance yourself, choose a skid steer with easy access to fluid compartments and with large access points for cleaning debris.