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Skid Steer

Skid steer loaders are defined by their compact size and the specific nature of their steering mechanism. Rather than the front wheels turning to allow a change of direction, the wheels on either side are synchronised with one another, meaning that to turn left or right one set will lock up completely while the others move - hence the name of this category of plant. Skid steer vehicles can come fitted with a number of different attachments up front, from buckets to forks and beyond.

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Skid Steer

Skid steer loaders are defined by their compact size and the specific nature of their steering mechanism. Rather than the front wheels turning to allow a change of direction, the wheels on either side are synchronised with one another, meaning that to turn left or right one set will lock up completely while the others move - hence the name of this category of plant. Skid steer vehicles can come fitted with a number of different attachments up front, from buckets to forks and beyond.

They tend to be designed for work outdoors in off-road conditions, so you can expect to find rugged designs, caged cabs and rollover protection in most models. To pick a used skid steer you just need to work out your budget and your needs and which example best fits these two criteria.  The set-up of a skid steer will rely on four wheels making contact with the ground. Pneumatic or solid tyres are available on different models, with the former requiring less maintenance while the latter improves ride quality.

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\BobcatTracked Skid Steer Loaders

Tracked skid steer vehicles are also available from certain manufacturers, boosting performance on slippery surfaces and inclines compared with wheeled models. But the off-road benefits of tracked units are offset by increased weight, noise and fuel consumption for these models. Check the state of the tyres or tracks when considering used skid steer loaders, since if a model is in good condition, then it can go to work without delay rather than requiring attention.

The Rear Hinge is the Key

Unlike other loaders and excavators, a skid steer machine will usually feature a rear-hinged hydraulic boom arm assembly rather than one which is mounted at the front. This set-up means they can handle surprisingly heavy loads in spite of their small size, although the rear hinging does mean that the working height of a skid steer may be lower than that of larger equipment. This is why it is important to balance the advantages of these machines being so small and manoeuvrable against the technical limitations that come with the orientation and position of the lifting mechanism. When investing in a used skid steer, you will need to ensure that the hydraulic pumps and shafts are working correctly, with signs of stuttering or leaky circuits an indication that repairs are required.

A Plethora of Attachments for Skid Steer Loaders

In terms of the attachments that are available, the standard bucket included with most models can usually be detached quickly and replaced with a range of alternative equipment, depending on the task at hand. You can buy everything from grapple units to wood chippers, snow blowers and even sweepers. And when buying used, some secondary equipment may be included with the unit. Otherwise you will have to purchase this separately to expand the capabilities of this plant.

The smallest of the skid steers you can buy will weigh in at under a tonne, while larger models will be three tonnes or more. If they are well maintained and have a low number of hours on the clock, then a used skid steer of any age will be a good addition to your business.