What is a Skid Steer?

If you’re interested in getting more work done for less backbreaking effort, it is time you look into a Skid Steer. Jobs that used to take a crew an entire day can easily be done alone! It’s all thanks to the amazing capabilities of a Skid Steer.

What is a Skid Steer?
A Skid Steer is a small, versatile piece of construction equipment. It’s light and maneuverable, and its arms can attach to a range of tools for various construction, farm, and landscaping jobs. The skid steer will either have four wheels or two tracks, depending on the model you choose. Don’t think of a Skid Steer as a tractor, because it can do so much more than what a traditional tractor can do!

What is a Skid Steer used for?
A Skid Steer is your best worker because it can be paired with a variety of attachment options, all of which make it possible to perform a wide range of jobs using the same piece of equipment. The standard attachment for a skid steer is a bucket, but this can be replaced by any number of alternatives that make it possible for a Skid Steer to perform the functions of many different types of equipment. Beyond being equipped with a bucket and used for lifting and moving heavy materials, you could also attach a tiller or trencher for excavating. For any type of construction work, your Skid Steer can be outfitted with a cement mixer or concrete breaker. The stump grinder, tree puller, wood chipper, and stump bucket attachments make a Skid Steer a good choice for landscaping work during the summer, and then you can put on one of several snow-related attachments during the winter. One Skid Steer really can help you do it all!

How much does a Skid Steer weigh?
The answer to this question is “it depends.” As stated above, there are several different models available, each of which has its own weight and other specifications. As you’re considering purchasing a Skid Steer, keep in mind that the weight of the Skid Steer you choose is important to think about since that will dictate how much weight you can handle doing various chores and tasks with it. The weight of the Skid Steer will influence your operating weight. Mini Skid Steers such as the Vermeer CTX50 can weigh in as low as 2,000 pounds. The weights go up from there. The very popular Kubota SVL75 skid steer weighs in at 9,040 lbs and has a tipping load of 6,570 lbs. This “tipping load” is the amount of weight that your skid steer can carry without tipping over- which is very good to know! The median weight of full-size Skid Steers is about 7,500 pounds, so this is a good number to keep in mind. If that doesn’t quite do it for you, there’s plenty of heavy-duty options that are much heavier and stronger. The heaviest Skid Steer on the market right now is the Gehl V420, which weighs in at a staggering 11,665 pounds. The Gehl V420 has an operating capacity of 4,200 pounds.

There’s so much to learn about Skid Steers! Be sure to check back next month when we discuss further topics, like your Skid Steer attachment options.

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