Tips to Know Before Renting Skid Steer
Skid steers are one of the most versatile equipment rentals available. This type of machine is popular because they are extremely maneuverable, has different lifting capacities and works in tight spaces. It can also be used for almost anything whether it’s for moving heavy material, pushing dirt, or lifting materials like mulch.
When seeking the right unit to rent, there are a few different things you should know about this machine.
1. Different Track Types: Tracked VS Wheeled
There are two different types of tread for skid steers to choose from when picking the best machine for your job: tracks and wheels.
Tracked Skid Steers
Tracked skid steers are ideal for wet, muddy and snowy surfaces because their weight distribution transfers to the ground allowing for the machine to remain stable. If you are working on a slope or incline of any sort then tracks are the way to go because this weight distribution and low center of gravity minimize any chance of a roll-over. They also have a better grip for stability on softer and slippier ground.
Wheeled Skid Steers
Wheeled skid steers are made for finished surfaces like asphalt, concrete or compact soil. Due to the tires they are able to move faster and can cover more ground. If you try to use a wheeled skid steer on a muddy, underdeveloped surface the risk of sinking increases as the tires are not meant for this type of environment.
2. Different Lift Types: Radial VS Vertical
The actual arm of a skid steer can lift in two different ways: radial or vertical. These lift types change how the arms and bucket move and could have an impact on your job.
What is the Difference between the Two?
Just by looking at the two machines you might not be able to notice the difference. It only becomes more noticeable when the bucket is off of the ground. If this is important to know right away, looking at the model number of the machine will either display a ‘V’ or ‘L’ indicating the lift type. Besides the indicator in the model number, the easiest way to tell is by actually using the machine. If it is a radial lift skid steer the arm will lift in more of a circular motion. If the machine is a vertical lift skid steer the arm will rise straight up and down not on an angle.
Radial Lift Skid Steers
Radial lifts provide greater reach forward (almost like boom lift) and are meant for dumping materials over barriers such as a wall, backfilling the land, and loading/unloading trucks. Radial lift skid steers are also great at flat groundwork. As they have greater push capabilities, so if you are moving dirt on the ground a radial lift skid steer is for you.
Vertical Lift Skid Steers
Vertical lift skid steer loaders provide more reach at full height without losing performance. This type of skid steer keeps the load closer to the machine rather than extending/reaching out like the radial lift skid steer would. The lifting capacity of these machines is also more, so it can be used for lifting heavy materials, clearing debris in higher areas and even clearing higher truck beds.
3. There Are Many Different Skid Steer Attachment Types
Sometimes it’s not only about the skid steer you rent but the attachment needed with it. Fortunately, there are many options to choose from that can help complete any type of job. Some popular attachments that may be needed include a brush cutter, harley rake or even a mulcher.
These attachments can help with projects such as removing brush to prepare the land, digging holes to build foundations, and removing debris like rocks and asphalt from demolition areas. Attachments are handy as they allow the operator to work on any type of task without worrying about not having the right equipment to do it.
Article Source: Dozr.com
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