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Skidsteers Blog

  • How to operate a mini excavator

    So you either rented or purchased a mini excavator for a commercial job, or work around the farm or house and you have never operated one before. Below I will walk you through the steps of safely operating a mini excavator. For reference, I run a KX series Kubota, I will be describing the functions from this machine. These are going to be common functions that are somewhat universal, however each machine may vary. But, first things first - safety! First and foremost, let’s talk about safety. Before you start digging any ground, you should call your local diggers hotline...
  • How to measure skid loader tires

    So you need a new set of tires for your skid steer and don’t know which size you need. The typical skid steer tire comes in 4 different sizes. However this varies depending on if the tire is a pneumatic air filled skid steer tires or solid skid steer tire. How to read tire sizes for a skid steers First, let’s go over the air filled skid steer tires. The four common air filled tires are 10.5-15, 10x16.5, 12x16.5, and 14x17.5. The first number is the section width of the tire. The second number is the rim (wheel) size. For...
  • How to operate a bobcat

    Operating a Bobcat is an incredibly useful skill to have. The operation of each individual Bobcat will vary somewhat, but there are basic principles to follow that will hold true all the time. The operation of Bobcats or any skid steers will depend upon the task being done as well as the attachments used in those individual tasks. Bobcats offer the option to work via hand and foot controls or joystick type controls on some models. How many different operators will be using the Bobcat will influence your determination somewhat, however, of the two options, joystick controls do tend to...
  • How Much Does a Skid Steer Weigh

    Looking to learn more about the weight ranges of skid steers?  Join us as we answer the question, how much does a skid steer weigh? Of course that question has a range of correct answers, but let’s go from lightest to heaviest and check them out! Mini Skid Steers such as the Vermeer CTX50 can weigh in as low as 2,000 pounds or so. The weights go up from there - even in the mini category. The Ditch Witch SK600 Mini Skid Steer weighs 2,418 pounds. The Bobcat MT55 mini skid steer weighs in at 2,610 pounds. Bobcat makes the...
  • How Much Does Tree Removal Cost

    How much does tree removal cost?  The only honest answer is “It depends!” The cost to remove a tree or trees will vary based on a number of factors.  Tree removal costs fluctuate based on the location of the tree.  By location, we mean is it on a commercial property or a residential property?  What geographical region is it in? Also, how close is the tree to buildings, powerlines and other potential obstructions. What makes tree removal more complicated The type, size and condition of the tree also can dictate the cost to remove it.  Trees that are prone to...
  • How to Foam Fill Tires on a Skid Steer

    Pneumatic tires have been around since the invention of - well, the wheel!  Pneumatic tires offer a lot of advantages including flexibility, comfortable ride, compatibility with over-the-tire tracks and a comparatively low price point.  Pneumatic tires are also easy to work with in terms of wearing out and replacements.  New pneumatics can be put right onto the existing wheels with no special tools - as long as you’ve kept them air filled. The big downside of air filled pneumatic skid steer tires is the vulnerability to going flat.  That leads some folks to foam fill their pneumatic skid steer tires. ...
  • How To Operate a Skid Steer

    Skid Steers are an awesome tool to have on board for any number of tasks.  Skid Steers are heavy, sturdy, powerful and with the right attachments, versatile. Operating a skid steer can take some practice to get the hang of, and like any other heavy equipment, certain precautions need to be taken while running them.  Controls can vary somewhat from brand to brand and model to model, so take a moment to familiarize yourself with the controls each time you get into a new skid steer.  Also, visibility in many skid steers is almost nil.  Keep an eye out and...
  • Updated Used, Demo, Scratch and Dent Skid Steer Attachments

    We are now updating our used, demo, or scratch and dent skid steer and mini excavator attachments section bi-weekly. Many times we take in trade ins, or demo out a piece of equipment for selling purposes. These attachments are now for sale in our Used and Demo Attachments section on our website skidsteers.com. All of these attachments are inspected and in great working order. In some cases they even come with a warranty. Also, at times, a trucking company may lightly damage a piece of equipment in transit. We will then turn around and sell these units as brand new...
  • Winter Is Coming - Don't be late to the party!

    As humans we tend to be procrastinators. In our industry we see this each and every winter season. Many people wait till after the snow starts to look to purchase a snow removal attachment for there skid steer. Sometimes you can get lucky and the snow bucket or plow is still in stock, but more times than not there will be a lead time. This is due to peak season demand for these attachments. Just before, during or after a storm front sweeps over the northern half of our nation, we get slammed with orders. Typically we can get these...
  • Pallet Forks With 6 Ft. Forks

    There are a lot of different pallet forks on the market today that claim to handle the heavy loads, but when it comes to those heavier loads, they don't have the reach to pick them up. Well if you are a skid steer owner looking to pick up heavier loads while also having the reach to pick them up, look no further. SkidSteers.com now offers 6000 lb rated forks and frame with 72" forks. The reach on these forks give you the ability to pick up such items as lawn mats without having them slide off. They also give you...

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