How Much Money can you Make with a Skid Steer?

You’ve heard the old saying “you need to spend money to make money.” It’s true! In fact, this could be said about purchasing a Skid Steer and the attachments to go along with it. Consider the following scenario:

You work hard outdoors. You have a seasonal career and some months are better than others. Perhaps you’re even laid off for a few months every winter. After all, it’s tough to work outside here in Chicago in the dead of winter! You’re not exactly fired though, so you can’t get unemployment benefits. It’s not impossible to work though, especially with the right tools. You’re looking for a good side gig to do when your regular job isn’t happening. The answer could be to start your own business. This doesn’t need to involve the massive headache of hiring a team and finding the right people. All you need is yourself and a Skid Steer. Why? Because it replaces the need for about 80% of a team’s employees and does all the hard work for you!

With the right attachments any job can be performed with your Skid Steer! The idea of buying a Skid Steer, attachments, and a diesel truck to get it to the jobsites to be your entire business are not as far fetched as you may imagine. With the right attachments, you can tackle nearly any job!

With that in mind, here are some rough numbers:


  • Skid Steer $25,000
  • Diesel truck $15,000
  • Fuel, maintenance, insurance, other costs x 3 years $45,000
  • $85k~ costs over 3 years

Of course, this doesn’t include the Skid Steer attachments. It’s impossible to guess as to what these would cost for you, because each attachment is priced differently and the costs cover quite a large range. For instance, a Grapple Rake is priced relatively low at only about $2,000. A professional-grade Skid Steer Backhoe attachment, on the other hand, is much more expensive and well over $12,000. You’ll need to decide which attachments you want and then get more detailed pricing information from there.

Now let’s get to the good part. How much money will you be making? Let’s say you work only 60 days a year because this is your side job when your full-time employment isn’t happening. If you’re working at $1,000 a day that would give you a $180k income over three years! This number will be different for everyone, but the bottom line is that even after taxes, having a Skid Steer is a decent side gig!

If you’re ready to learn more, we’re ready to talk to you and help you price out some attachments. Don’t be scared of the big numbers and go off price alone. Remember, some of the most expensive attachments can make you the most money, like a Backhoe. In the winter, a Snow Blade or Snow Blower will make you an incredibly sought-after individual. Instead of choosing a few cheap attachments, let the industry experts at Skid Pro help you find the attachments that will translate into the most income earned.

Are you interested in taking a closer look or learning more specific specifications?

Skid Pro also has demos and videos for those looking for even more information. Whatever questions you may have, you can contact us anytime via email or by calling  (877) 378-4642.
Our knowledgeable product gurus will always be happy to assist you!