How Much can a Skid Steer Mulcher Clear in a Day?

You have a tough job ahead of you. Namely, there are some problematic trees on your property that simply have to go. You’re not going to just chop them down with an ax, of course. That would be a huge waste! Thankfully, you have a Skid Steer. This means you can add the Skid Steer Mulcher attachment and turn your unwanted trees into some very helpful mulch.

The Advantages of a Skid Steer Mulcher 

We sell three models to cover all mulching situations, the SP300, SP500, and SP900 in HF and SF options. Whichever option you choose, you’ll enjoy the flow motor match for unbeatable performance. If you are looking for the best worker around, you need a Skid Steer Mulcher with a HD frame and push bar that gives robust durability. Our models feature an Ultra HD drive train, for torque and longevity. They aren’t just powerful. As well, they have dynamically balanced rotors for smooth speed. Super strength timer belt prevents drive slippage for maximum rotor performance. They also feature Carbide-faced teeth and high-carbon tooth holders, visible pressure gauge allowing easy monitoring, and high flotation skid shoes that keep its teeth out of the dirt. The access panels allow quick and easy monitoring. Rear discharge chains help to contain flying debris and limit debris discharge. There’s nothing our engineers didn’t think of!

How Much can a Skid Steer Mulcher Clear in a Day?

Clearly, this attachment can put in some heavy-duty work. The only question that remains is, how much? 

The lay of the land, the complexity of the project, if there are objects in the area to avoid, the weather, the amount of daylight you’re working with, and the thickness of the material to be cleared all factor in how much of your property can be cleared daily. That being said, on average, forestry mulching can clear 1 to 4 acres per day. Even at the lowest, that’s a very efficient way to clear the land! If your property is brush, bramble, briars, and small saplings on flat ground, you could do 3 acres in 8 hours pretty easily.

Wow! Imagine clearing that much land in such a short amount of time. That’s the advantage of using a Skid Steer! We offer three mulcher model designs to handle all mulcher conditions and every customer’s loader. The factory-selected motor packages feature an exact match motor to flow of the operator’s skid loader.

When you have a job to do, you want your Skid Steer and Skid Steer attachments to help with the job. We have all of the options you could possibly need, from this Forestry Mulcher to an Angle Broom to a Trencher and so much more. Shop around and find your favorites!

Tips for Purchasing a Skid Steer – Should I Buy New or Used?

If you regularly read our blog, you know we love to talk about everything a Skid Steer can do with the right Skid Steer attachments. A Skid Steer can help you remove a stump, bale hay, cut through thick brush, saw logs, clear away snow, dig holes for your fence posts, mow a vast field, and much more! Clearly, purchasing a Skid Steer is a really smart idea for commercial projects and large residential properties. The only question that remains is, should you buy new or used? Just like when buying a car, this is the first decision to make and it’s an important one!

The Benefits of Purchasing a Skid Steer New

When shopping, you’ll want to pay special attention to a few benefits of purchasing a Skid Steer brand new. These include:

#1 Your Skid Steer will have the latest technology. When you buy new, you can choose a machine that has all the latest technology built-in, such as hydraulic systems, self-leveling capabilities, digital screens, and more.

#2 It will be in pristine operating condition. A brand new machine is exactly that- brand new! Something right off the factory floor is nearly guaranteed to be in optimal working condition. In the rare event of a manufacturing defect, the dealer or Skid Steer brand itself is there to help. A used model may be a bit beat up or have parts in need of repair.

#3 There are more available options when you buy a new one. If you’re looking for a specific Skid Steer brand or newer model, you will likely have an easier time finding it than you would if you were shopping for a used version.

The Benefits of Purchasing a Skid Steer Used

Just like when buying a car, there are also benefits to be had if you decide to go with a used model. Don’t forget about:

#1 You’ll save money. This is the number one reason most people decide on purchasing a Skid Steer that has had a previous owner. A used Skid Steer costs less upfront than a new option of the same make and model. You can reallocate the money saved upon initial investment toward other areas of your business or project, like buying the right Skid Steer attachment, new trees to plant, the bags of concrete, and more.

#2 You won’t take the depreciation hit. When and if you decide to sell the Skid Steer, you have a better chance of coming away with nearly the same amount of money you spent on it yourself if you bought a used version. When buying new, you’re the one that takes the massive hit to the asking price.

Whether you buy a new or used Skid Steer is up to you. Either way, it’s a fantastic machine that can help you with any and all of your outside tasks!

Forestry Mulching with a Skid Steer

There are many ways to clear land, and a Skid Steer is the best of the best. Each project is different, each operator has a different level of experience, carrier machines are different, vegetation is different, and the desired end result may be different as well. This can make it difficult to know which Skid Steer attachment is the right one for the job. Whether you’re interested in breaking into the land clearing business, looking to clear your own personal property, or you’re a professional forestry expert who’s always looking to stay up on new trends and topics, we have the information you need to stay up to date. 

Which one is Right for the Job: Brush Cutter or Forestry Mulcher? 

This is the first question which needs to be answered. What do you want the finished project to look like? Industrial brush cutters with 500lb flywheels, direct drive hydraulic motors, and four blades can take down up to 8” diameter trees and eviscerate similar sized stumps. What is left are larger wood pieces akin to kindling. This is certainly powerful, but is it right? Would you rather have a more “finished” final product? Let’s explore your two main options a little further.

Brush Cutters We have four industrial brush cutter options, the Industrial Brush Cutter

High Flow Open Front, HD3 Brush Cutter, Industrial Brush Cutter Closed Front, and the Industrial Brush Cutter Open Front. Each requires the operator to come through after felling trees and pick up the logs and debris with a grapple and then chip elsewhere. These are a nice option when you require versatility to clear grass and work in rocky terrain. Cutters are better in rocky terrain than mulchers because blades can be resharpened and are less expensive to replace than carbide or tungsten mulching teeth. 

Forestry Mulchers are the better option when you want to make a single pass on your Skid Steer without the need to pick up logs and would like to turn the tree into toothpicks. Are you in a hurry to get the job finished and be done with it? Due to the single path approach, forestry mulchers are more efficient and leave a professional aesthetic upon completion of the project. We offer three models to cover all mulching situations. What these units lack in versatility they more than make up for in productivity.  

Remember, it all boils down to having the right tool for the job and being prepared to sacrifice in an area that isn’t as profound to your needs. If you need a little help, know that we’re here for you! Please give a Skid Pro Product Guru a call today at (877) 378-4642. In under 10 minutes you can have a quote catered to your exact details. Delivery will happen within 30 days!

Are Skid Steer Attachments Universal?

Here are Skid Pro, we are one of the industry leaders in skid steer attachments and all things relating to front loader tractors. Because of this, we are asked many questions. One we hear most often is in regards to whether or not attachments can be switched to other front loader tractors. Are skid steer attachments universal? Let’s answer that question right now!

Are Skid Steer Attachments Universal?

Skid steer loaders haven’t decreased in popularity since they first became mainstream during the 1960s. There’s a reason they are so popular! One feature that makes a skid steer or front loader tractor such a popular piece of equipment is their ability to use a wide range of different attachments to handle all kinds of jobs.

Attachments are almost all interchangeable among the different brands and models of skid steers and compact track loaders. This is thanks to a universal skid steer loader attachment bracket called the “quick attach.” Most newer skid steers have this universal coupler that allows different brands of skid steers to be used with different brands of attachments. You can thank Bobcat for developing these!

There’s even more good news! Even some compact tractors and compact wheel loaders use the same system, giving you the ability to share attachments among multiple machines and brands.

While it’s good news that a quick attach makes it easy to move your attachment from one front loader tractor to another, it’s important to be cautious and smart when doing so. Just because the attachment is able to fit on the tractor does not mean a skid steer has the hydraulic capacity necessary to run every attachment. You would also need to make sure that the hydraulic flow matches the requirements of the attachment before you can determine if it will work with your skid steer. There’s more to whether or not a front loader tractor can be used with an attachment than simply if it fits.

Order Your Skid Steer Attachments From Skid Pro

Skid steers and front loader tractors are designed for jobs that require both serious strength and excellent maneuverability in tight spaces, without the need for an entire team of workers. What used to take hours of backbreaking labor can now be done with ease! By using different attachments, skid steers can be used for many kinds of applications. Any job that requires pushing, lifting, pulling, mowing, squeezing, chopping, moving, or digging can be made easier. This is why they are regularly used in construction, landscaping, agriculture, demolition, forestry, and even on large residential properties. 

Whatever your specific needs are, you can find the right attachment by shopping our online catalogue! If you have any questions about the travel motors on your skid steer, give us a call at 1 (877) 378-4642. We’d be happy to help!

7 Steps to Keep Skid Steer Attachments Pumping out Profits

You don’t have a Skid Steer front loader tractor for the fun of it. You have work to do! More than likely, one of the reasons you got this front loader in the first place was to work more efficiently. This means less work for you, as well as less time spent doing it. The hydraulic systems of these machines must run at maximum efficiency when you work with many attachments. The question is, how do you do that? 

Hydraulic system performance of Skid Steers and other front loader tractors has gradually increased over the recent years through tighter tolerances. While that sounds like great news, this also makes them less tolerant of contamination. It is the number one reason these systems fail. We don’t want that to happen to you!

Key sources of contamination can be dirt, metal, water, or air. Dirt enters the system through attachment changes and poor maintenance practices. You want to ensure you get as much dirt and other grime out of your machine as possible. How? Follow these steps!

  1. Pay Attention to Quick Couplers

Quick couplers allow the Skid Steer attachment versatility that makes track loaders so popular. This makes yours vital to efficiency and profits. Dust, dirt, and mud can be transferred into the system during the coupling of the auxiliary lines. 

  1. Keep Oil Clean and Unmixed

Oil is the lifeblood of the loader and it is shared with the attachments! Connecting an unfamiliar hydraulic attachment to your equipment is risky. There is a risk of fluid incompatibility.

  1. Change the Oil

Speaking of oil, oil changes are not optional! Just like in your car or truck, hydraulic fluid begins to deteriorate from being heated and cooled during the normal operation of your Skid Steer. Overheated oil forms varnish, causing valves and other components to stick. This should be avoided by regularly changing the oil.

  1. Get Any Water Out

Dirt is bad for your machine, but so is water. Water shortens oil life. Water in the system can dilute the hydraulic oil, and decrease lubricity and viscosity.

  1. Check Attachments After System Failures

It is crucial to the longevity of your machine that if contamination has occurred that both the carrier and attachment be flushed. As well, filters must be changed and new oil should be put in.

  1. Set Attachments Up Properly

Not only to ensure optimal performance, but also to protect the hydraulic system, it is necessary to match flows and pressures between the loader and the attachments. Always ensure you know what flow and pressure your attachment requires. Doing it incorrectly will lead to many problems over time. 

  1. Oil Analysis Catches Contamination Early

It’s always better to be proactive rather than reactive. If you conduct an oil sample when the machine is newer, you will know what the baseline is as you go forward. You’ll more easily recognize a situation where your oil has been contaminated. 

When your Skid Steer is back to maximum efficiency, you can mow grass, cut tree limbs, dig holes, and do anything else quicker and easier. The more efficient you are, the more money you’re making. After all, that’s why you have a front loader tractor!

Can a Skid Steer Remove a Stump?

If you regularly read our blog, you know we love to talk about everything a Skid Steer can do with the right attachments. A Skid Steer can help you bale hay. A Skid Steer can cut through thick, dense brush. A Skid Steer can clear away snow. A Skid Steer can even dig holes for your fence posts! What about removing a stump, though? Can a Skid Steer do that? 

Yes! A Skid Steer can remove a stump from your large residential property or commercial job site. This task is going to take a little more work to get the job done, but it’s nothing your front loader tractor cannot handle. Let’s take a closer look at what is involved in Skid Steer stump removal, so you can tackle this problem in no time. In most cases, a skid steer stump bucket, or stump grinder, would be ideal for removing medium-sized stumps.

Skid Steer Stump Bucket

This is the heaviest, most rugged-built stump bucket on the market! We can say this because it’s 60” design delivers maximum leverage and breakout force, plus the bottom curve design gives added leverage and prying force. The HD cast excavator-style teeth are pin on replaceable and serrated side teeth help to grip and rip stumps. You won’t believe how easily and completely the stump comes out! The four HD attached plate-to-bucket gussets are there for incredible durability and a 1” thick cutting edge and 1” steel sides give added strength. You’ve never seen stump removal power quite like this before.

Skid Steer Stump Grinder

Let’s say you have a serious stump to get rid of it. This won’t be coming out and being disposed of in one piece. You need a stump grinder! It delivers industry-leading grinding visibility. Its unique design cuts 10” below ground, meaning this stump is totally and completely gone. The powerful direct drive delivers faster cuts and a 24” cutting wheel with 34 carbide teeth means that stump doesn’t stand a chance. Because 100% hydraulic power goes to the motor, you’re got some serious grind to work with. A Skid Steer with this attachment is capable of clearing, removing, and restoring your job site so you can get back to work. When you need to clear land, this is the right tool for the job.

Tree stumps can delay plenty of job sites. Certain jobs are more difficult than others. That’s why you need a Skid Steer and Skid Steer attachments, because that means you can do anything and everything you need done- no matter how difficult they are! If you need the job done quickly, and don’t have a stump bucket or stump grinder on hand, you can still use your Skid Steer to prep and clear your land in a flash. Order your new attachments so it’s easier next time and you’ll be wowed at the difference!

3 Best Attachments for Maintaining Farmland

Summer is here and if you live or work on a farm, you know this time of the year means a lot more than just swimming in the pool and family BBQs. You have some major jobs ahead! Summertime on a farm means hours spent mowing, cutting, digging, and planning for the months to come. If you want to get to harvest and have your tasks finished before the first freeze, you need to begin now.

Keeping your farmland in check is no small task. Thankfully, jobs that used to be backbreaking and take hours to complete are now much easier. If you have a front loader tractor, you can buy attachments online that make just about every outside chore much more efficient. Our top 3 favorites include:

#1 Industrial Brush Cutter (Open Front) Winter is long gone and fresh spring growth has turned into some major weeds or other brush. It’s time to cut this growth back. The open X4 Industrial Brush Cutter keeps field edges clean, maintains grass waterways, and keeps unruly brush out of the way. It doesn’t just make your day easier, it prevents equipment damage so your machine lasts longer. Unmatched in class for build, drive train, and cutting capacity, this attachment features four blades, a 467 lbs. flywheel, 8-inch cut capacity, and the biggest drive shaft (3 ¾”) of any standard flow cutter in the US. By far, this is our most aggressive cutter option. It couldn’t be any easier to clear away unsightly and overgrown brush!

#2 Auger Speaking of easier, utilizing Skid Pro’s auger drive for post hole drilling is not only easy, it is fast and affordable as well. For the cost of a few rentals, you can outright own an auger to use whenever you need a hole dug. This makes adding fencing so much easier. That is great news since summer is when you want to be digging. Don’t wait until you’re battling frozen soil!

#3 Skeleton Grapple Maybe it isn’t just some unruly bushes you need to take care of, but large trees and other foliage. Our heavy-duty grapple adds a 1-2 punch to tree and brush control. Not only is using this attachment much safer than traditional hand cutting, but it’s also faster and much easier. In fact, this grapple geometry delivers 85% more clamping force. Upturned tine tips allow fast forward raking. With so much versatility, it’s no wonder this is our best-selling all-around grapple!

These three are only the beginning of the wide variety of attachments on the market today designed to make your life much easier. Once you look at our online Skid Steer attachment catalogue, you’re sure to see one, two, or many that will make your summertime chores a lot easier. Whether you need to trim trees, cut down brush, clear out stumps and roots, dig fence posts holes, or gather and move debris, there is an attachment made to help. Don’t work harder than you have to!

4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Skid Steer Attachment

A Skid Steer is a multi-purpose, multi-terrain piece of equipment that helps you keep your project moving. You can find this important piece of equipment on almost every job site, construction zone, farm, and even large residential property. If you work on a commercial property or live on a large, residential property that requires a lot of maintenance, your tasks will be made much easier with the help of a front loader tractor and a few attachments. That’s right, the Skid Steer doesn’t do the work alone. You need to choose and find the right attachment for your task ahead.

How does one go about doing this? After all, there are a lot of options. Here are four basic questions that will help you narrow down which attachment is right for you: 

#1 What will you use the attachment for?

Skid Steers are capable of many different jobs including bulldozing, cutting, grading, digging, baling hay, lifting, sweeping, and transporting materials around the site. They are also a great machine for snow removal, mulching, and even mixing and holding concrete. Even though there are many different Skid Steer attachments available to be ordered through our website, there’s probably only a handful that fit the needs of any particular project. That’s why answering this first question is needed before moving on.

#2 What environment will you use the attachment in?

If your project is based in construction, landscape, agriculture, or anything else outside, a Skid Steer can help you. Will you be using your Skid Steer on a farm? Perhaps you will be doing chores on frozen ground in the dead of winter. Maybe it’s needed for a construction project on a hot asphalt parking lot. Will you be driving over uneven terrain? Answering this question is essential to making sure your attachment is the right one for the job.

#3 What Skid Steer (or front loader tractor) will you be using?

What is the operating capacity? What is the weight? The frame size and track width matter too. You wouldn’t try to pull a full-size horse trailer with a small truck; you know you’d need something more heavy duty. This same mindset applies to your front loader tractor!

#4 Will the attachment be for personal use or commercial use? 

As briefly mentioned above, front loader tractors and attachments can be used for both residential and commercial tasks. Typically, commercial work requires an attachment that is incredibly strong. High-grade steel and durable components are needed for commercial jobs. Personal use, like mowing a large residential property, doesn’t require quite the HD capabilities than commercial work does.

No matter which attachments are needed for your chores and jobs, we are confident you can find them on our website. Go ahead and begin your search!

7 Most Useful Skid Steer Attachments

If you work on a commercial property, construction zone, or warehouse, or live on a large, residential property that requires a lot of maintenance, your tasks will be made much easier with the help of a front loader tractor and a few attachments. Thanks to attachments, one piece of equipment is now capable of many different jobs including bulldozing, cutting, grading, digging, baling hay, lifting, sweeping, and transporting materials around site. With the right attachments, a Skid Steer is also a great machine for snow removal, mulching, and even mixing and holding concrete. Imagine finishing up a long day of work and your broom attachment makes cleaning up easier than ever before. What used to take a team and several hours can now be done with ease!

There’s so many options! Experts in the industry say that these Skid Steer attachments are the most useful:

#1 Auger. Holes for trees, footings, and fences can be easily drilled using an auger attachment. What used to take a team of workers digging for hours can now be done with ease, by just one person! 

#2 Rock breaker. A rock breaker is useful for concrete and paving. It breaks up large debris and makes the whole job much easier. 

#3 Grapple bucket. Logs or rocks can be grabbed onto and picked up with this type of attachment. A grapple bucket makes it simple to move these large, heavy objects out of the way. Often, these grapple buckets are used when clearing land.

#4 Backhoe. Talk about a useful attachment! A backhoe does nearly everything. They make it easy to grapple, dig, and move materials around your job site. This attachment is great for both landscaping and light construction applications. Having this type of attachment eliminates the need for a full backhoe to be brought to the job site.

#5 Tiller. This attachment is ideal if you need to till large areas for landscaping or planting. Even the toughest soil can be turned using a Skid Steer with a tiller attachment. The tiller attachment breaks up the ground and can tear through hardened material, like small rocks, and clumps in the soil.

#6 Trencher. If you have a trench to dig, you don’t want to do it with hand-held tools and a lot of manpower. That would take forever! Thankfully, this attachment makes it much easier and quicker.

#7 Tree saw. In the spring and summer, if you have a lot of tree limbs to saw off, the right attachment will save your shoulders and arm muscles. Let your attachment do the hard work!

If your project is based in construction, landscape, agriculture, or anything else outside, a Skid Steer can help you. The only thing left to do is purchase all of your needed attachments. 

The 4 Most Efficient Pieces of Snow Removal Equipment

Snow is beautiful, but it sure does make life difficult. It’s hard to drive or even walk in. If you live in an area where heavy snow is possible or likely, you know you can’t just let it fall and stay there. You have to clean it up and move it out of the way. What used to take hours upon hours of backbreaking work that risked your health can now be done much easier. We are talking, of course, about using efficient snow removal equipment to help you with the task.

#1 Snow Blade A blade attachment is a tool for tractors that is used to gather and remove snow from a larger area. For pushing, moving and gathering, a snow blade is the way to go. This attachment features a strong-curved moldboard that enhances the rolling of the snow, increasing both the speed and efficiency. There are two angle cylinders that give added strength and precision adjustment over single cylinder models. The HD design and reinforced frame makes this snow blade rugged enough for commercial work, yet easy and safe enough to be used on a large residential property. The unique trip moldboard gives better performance and enhances your operator safety.

#2 Snow Blower A Skid Steer Snow Blower attachment mimics that of a residential snow blower. The large blades pick up the snow and blow it out of the way. This type of snow blower is best used for heavy snowfall. While it is incredibly powerful, it does not damage the ground under the snow. In fact, our attachment is the heaviest built blower in its class! The easy-flow fluted chute was designed for high snow volume and longer casting distance. You don’t have to worry about the chute freezing up because the ultra tough poly gasket prevents metal-to-metal contact. 

#3 Snow Bucket When it comes to scooping and moving, a snow bucket will do the trick. It features a high volume capability, yet it is ruggedly constructed for peak performance and longevity. Our mega snow bucket delivers some of the largest snow capacities in the industry!

#4 Hydraulic Snow Blade Pusher Combo This is an incredibly unique and effective snow attachment. It is a snow blade and snow pusher in one attachment! This means it delivers unbelievable performance and productivity. This combination attachment is a huge time saver for both commercial snow removal and those working on a large residential area. 

You can bet our ancestors who lived generations ago wish they had access to equipment like that! What used to take hours or a team full of people (or both!) can now be handled with ease simply by pushing a few levers and buttons. This is just one example of how your Skid Steer front loader tractor and the attachments available online make your life so much easier!