A skid steer can be a flexible and handy piece of equipment to assist with a wide range of landscaping projects. Taking the time to learn about skid steers can help you be prepared to make excellent use of the equipment to make your landscaping project easier and more efficient.
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Sometimes referred to as a skid loader or skid-steer loader, a skid steer was invented in 1957 and quickly became a valuable and versatile tool for landscaping and construction. This workhorse is equipped with lift arms that can be affixed to different attachments to manage different tasks such as carrying, loading, digging, grading, tilling, and more.
Surprisingly, a skid steer is easier to use than a conventional front-end loader since they are more compact and feature a zero turning radius. This exceptional feature allows them to be more maneuverable in confined spaces or unusual layouts.
When the proper attachments are used, skid steers can perform an assortment of simple to unique landscaping tasks. Typical attachments can turn a skid steer into a mower, stump grinder, post hole digger, trencher, tiller, cement mixer, woodchipper, de-thatcher, and more. With this amazing versatility, it’s no surprise that skid steers are popular for any size landscaping project.
There are many manufacturers of a skid steer with manufacturer-specific designs, including Bobcat, Caterpillar, John Deere, Komatsu, and Kubota. While each design shares commonalities, it will behoove you to compare the exact features of different models to be sure you rent the best choice for your landscaping work.
Since a skid steer can be equipped with different attachments, the same piece of equipment can be used for different phases of a landscaping project without needing to rent entirely different machinery. For example, the same skid steer, properly accessorized, could be used to:
Your imagination is the only limit to the versatility of renting a skid steer to help with landscaping. Besides, it is much more cost-effective than renting different machines.
When you decide to rent a skid steer, it is important to be clear on your needs and landscaping requirement, and specifications. First, plan the project so you are clear on the different steps from your initial work to the result, and take care of any hand labor before renting gear so you can minimize rental charges.
Make sure and consider the complete scope of the project and its different phases, including what skid steer attachments may be required for different landscaping tasks and whether an individual skid steer model can be equipped properly for the work at hand. Take special note of the type of terrain you will be working on and whether a model with wheels or tracks will be safer for the space, and whether its maneuverability will be suitable for any obstacles or work site limitations.
Its especially important to learn proper skid steer operation, including how to change attachments and what operational adjustments may be necessary. Understand how to lubricate the equipment, and how operation may need to be adjusted in different conditions such as during poor weather, over uneven terrain, or on a steep slope.
To avoid late fees or overage charges with the rental period, estimate the time you will need the equipment carefully, considering how weather changes or other setbacks might impact how fast or slow the work will progress.
Take time to keep the equipment clean and in good condition and know what steps to take in case of any troubleshooting needs. If there are problems, call Taylor Rental Plano immediately for quick resolution without damaging the equipment or further stalling your project.
With the right planning and execution, a skid steer can assist with your next landscaping project, no matter the project. As you learn how many different ways you can use it, you’ll be impressed with the flexibility of a skid steer and just how efficient it can be for all types of landscaping needs.
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