Our diesel-powered skid steer loaders are highly manoeuvrable earthmoving vehicles with large 4 in 1 buckets on the front. Skid Steer Loaders are available with either four wheels or tracks and they are also known as “bobcats” after the popular brand of the same name. Skid Steer Loaders are earth movers and they are excellent for landscaping or clearing demolition debris. They have the best manoeuvrability of any machine as they can turn on the spot in a zero-radius circle which is the main reason why they are so popular. The skid steer can collect site rubble from demolitions or DIY projects, and it’s also ideal if you need to level uneven ground. Skid steer loaders can be fitted with a range of attachments including post hole digger, trencher, pallet forks, sweeper and levelling bar. They are suited to large scale infrastructure projects and small residential landscaping jobs.
WHY CHOOSE A SKID STEER LOADER OVER AN EXCAVATOR?
One of its main advantages is its zero-radius turning ability. The wheels on the right and left sides can operate independently of one another, allowing it to turn 360 degrees without having to move forwards or backwards in the process. This makes the machine particularly well-suited for operating in tight quarters with relatively little space. Another advantage of the skid steer is the wide range of attachments that can be fitted to the loader’s hydraulic system.
WHY CHOOSE A SKID STEER LOADER OVER A MINI LOADER?
A skid steer is more powerful than a mini loader, which are only used for the lightest jobs. It’s a great combination of power and manoeuvrability which is the reason it is so popular.
TRACKS OR WHEELS?
Apart from how they move, the track and wheel versions of skid steers are indistinguishable. A tracked skid steer is best suited to sandy, wet or muddy conditions because it has better grip. The tracks also spread the weight of the skid steer over a broader area, keeping it on top of the sand or mud. A wheeled skid steer is perfect for hard and relatively even terrain where higher travel speeds are required.
HOW DO YOU OPERATE A SKID STEER LOADER?
Instead of a steering wheel, the skid steer is operated with two joysticks. In most models fitted with SJC controls one moves the machine forward or backward and turns it. The other lifts and lowers the bucket and controls its tilt. The driving compartment has a full roll over protection canopy for operator safety. The Flexihire team will give you instructions on how to drive the skid steer before you leave the branch and the operators manual must be read before operating the machine. You don’t need to have a special licence if you are using the skid steer for private, non-commercial projects.
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