What is a skid steer?
Skid steers, also known as skid loaders, are types of compact construction equipment that can be used to perform an array of tasks with a variety of attachment options. Typically, skid steers come with four wheels but they are available with tracks as well. The wheels have a fixed alignment with the front and back axles of each side locked in synchronization together. This causes the wheels to “skid” across the ground as the operator turns the machine which is where the name comes from.
What can I do with a skid steer?
Considering the number of attachments skid steers are compatible with, the possibilities of what you can do with this equipment are nearly endless. Skid steers are most commonly used for digging tasks and loader functions but with the right attachment you can do all of the following:
Grading and leveling
To determine the best skid steer size for you, you have to consider the scope of your project. Are you working outside or inside? How big is the area you are working in? How much horsepower will be required? Will you need to transport your skid steers between jobsites often? These, along with other factors, are all things to consider. Choose between the small-frame models, mid-frame models, and large-frame models.
Our small-frame models consist of the 314GR and 316G models. These models provide excellent maneuverability which makes them great for working in smaller and tighter spaces. With operating weights ranging from 6,140 to 10,000 lbs and convenient front and rear tie-downs, these machines can easily trailer a pickup truck for quick and easy transport. Their weight and size are also ideal for working in interior spaces.
These models pack a little more power than the small-frame options. The 320G and 324G models range from 69 to 74 hp and their vertical-lift loaders can reach further heights. They are still light enough to perform well on sensitive terrain such as asphalt or concrete without causing damage. This would be beneficial for small construction jobs where a bit more pulling power is required to get the job done.
The most powerful of the skid steer models are the large-frame models, which include the 330G and 332G. The largest large-frame model reaches up to 100 hp with an operating capacity of 3,600 lbs. They come equipped with increased auxiliary hydraulic flow to provide more power to a wider range of attachments. This allows them to shine in jobs where much force is required such as demolition jobs or heavy excavation work. They also provide added perks such as a 4 season cab and an Onboard Grade Indication option.
No matter the size you get or the job you are doing, one thing is for certain- if you are using a skid steer the job will get done efficiently. To get the best skid steer for your application contact Tennessee Tractor at our Martin location or visit us in person today!