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Understanding the Different Applications of Skid Steer Loader

Small construction vehicles, skid-steer loaders are used to accomplish a variety of tasks. A typical skid steer comprises of a bucket as its default attachment. However, skid steers can be outfitted with different types of attachments. In order to suit different applications, skid steers are also available in many different sizes. A skid steer can ensure higher efficiency, even for jobs that do not require a lot of heavy construction equipment. 

The skid steer derives its name from its way of turning. Its wheels or tracks only point straight ahead because they are fixed.  On each side of the vehicle, the wheels or tracks are have their own engines and are locked in synchronisation with each other. This means that each side must be independently steered from the opposite side.

Size Guide: 

Finding out the optimum skid steer size depends entirely on your intended applications. There are three size categories, each offering some specific advantages. 

Small: A small frame skid steer is more suited for jobs that are carried out in tight spaces, such as underground construction, interior demolition, etc. Being lighter in weight, smaller skid steer loaders are easier to transport and manoeuvre.

Mid-size: With the right attachments, these can be excellent options for tight areas where larger equipment such as backhoe wouldn’t fit.  These skid steers are quite small, but offer more power and capacity compared to a small skid steer.

Large:  Large skid steers are considered to be tailor-made for heavy-duty applications such as roadbuilding, excavation work, and large-scale demolition projects. Compared to smaller skid steers, they are more difficult to manoeuvre in tight spaces and heavier to haul.  

Things We Can Do with Skid Steers: 

Mentioned below are some of the most common applications of skid steer loader

  • Demolition: Skid steers are extremely useful for both exterior and interior demolition projects. When used with demolition shears, they can be used to demolish drywall, concrete, flooring, etc. They are particularly useful in demo projects carried out in tight spaces.
  • Roadwork: Road building and maintenance tasks can also be performed using skid steers. By using different attachments with them, skid steers can be used for tasks such as paving, grading, patching, and demolition. 
  • Removal of debris and snow: A skid steer’s bucket can be used for clearing snow and other debris. If you are looking for serious snow removal, you may use a snow blade attachment or snowblower.
  • Trenching, digging, and excavating: Earthmoving tasks such as excavating, trenching, and digging can also be accomplished using skid steers. Depending on your specific needs, you can use different attachments such as a backhoe; wheel saw, trencher, or auger.
  • Loading: Using a bucket attachment, skid steers can be used to carry materials and equipment around a job site.
  • Mowing: By using a rotary brush cutter along with a skid steer, you can efficiently clear an area by cutting down tall grasses and even smaller trees.

In addition to these applications, skid steer loaders can also be used for agricultural work, material handling, grading and backfilling, landscaping, etc.  

At K and G Machinery, we offer a wide range of heavy machinery for the best available price. Please contact our experts to find out more about the utility of your skid steer loader.