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Skid Steer Operation

  • 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 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 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...
  • Learn About The Undercarriage Components Of Your Track Loader Skid Steer

    Over the last year or so we received many phone calls from customers that an undercarriage part to the track assembly of their skid steer is cracked or warn. Many times the customer is confused about the name of the part and its function. Ive decided to do a blog post on the name and description of each part along with creating a diagram to show where each part is located. This should help in determining the part you need. Undercarriage Diagram * The Sprocket (A): It is the cogwheel usually situated at the back of the undercarriage which pull...
  • Maintenance Series 3 - Attachment Maintenance

    Now for the business end of the machine. The end that determines ROI. It’s no longer just a bucket. There is such a wide ranging choice of attachments for almost every outdoor application you can think of . This includes farming, Landscaping, Construction, Snow removal, Forestry, Demolition, Recycling. And conservation. Did I miss anything? These attachments are built for every type of loader including the newer Mini Skid Steer Attachments. Taking care of these attachments is like watching your bank account to make sure it stays healthy. Below are some bullet points in making sure your account stays healthy. I...
  • Skid Steer Maintenance Series 1

    When it comes to maintaining your skid steer, where do you start? It’s the old question; “Which comes first? The chicken or the egg? We’re going to cover this in a series. A priest once told me that “the mind can absorb what the seat can endure” I would suggest we start with where we meet the road: Skid Steer Tires and wheels. Why? Even if your machine runs great you’re not going anywhere on a flat tire or broken track. So let’s start from the bottom up. I’m not going to suggest that skid steer owners are tight, but...
  • Frost and Freezing - Break Out Force

    “Break out Force” sounds like the title in a movie. So what exactly is break out force? It can be a complicated explanation concerning pivot points, circuits, and lift arms based on SAE standards. How does this number affect you or why should this number even concern you? Well it does give you the ability to know your machine, and it’s limits, a little better. If you are shopping for a machine ask the question about operating weights and break out Force, including tipping weight.. In simple terms break out force is the amount of force (measured in pounds) generated...
  • What is Your Environmental Responsibility?

    What is your “environmental responsibility” when excavating or starting a construction project? Well the first thing you’ll want to do is call before you dig or start to move dirt and secure the proper permits. You’ll need to check with Federal, state and local authorities. We also discussed safety in the past, and doing a site survey is also an important part of your overall project. Know the terrain and environment surrounding your project as well as the type of soil, and any climate considerations. Ok, so now you have the permits in your hand and are ready to start...
  • Yard Work And Snow Removal Made Easy

    Some people think that yard and lawn work is easy, only to find out that they bit off more than they can chew. Yard work is time consuming depending on what needs to be done. Things like clearing snow and spreading gravel on the driveway can be very time-consuming and not to mention, hard work when using the conventional way of shoveling. Shoveling is a good way to get exercise; however, most people do not have the time to spend several hours just to finish these jobs. To make the job easier, there are two videos that show how to...
  • How To Operate A Bobcat Loader To Remove Snow

    What’s the easiest way to clear the snow off your property? Do you dig it with a shovel? It will take you several hours just to finish removing snow that way. According to Room4MoreEnterprises, you should use a skid steer to clear the snow.  If you are interested on how to remove snow using a skid steer, then you should watch the video here.

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