Skid-steers, commonly referred to as skid-loaders, are used to move, dig, and lift earth or other materials. Because they use a specialized turning mechanism, skid-steers can navigate in even extremely tight spaces, with zero turning radius. Their small, but rigid construction makes them both nimble and durable, and the variety of possible loading attachments makes them useful for a wide range of applications.
A Skid-steer (also known as skid loader) is a four wheeled machine used extensively to dig, move and lift materials such as earth, gravel and sand. The four wheels of the Skid-steer are mechanically synchronized, permitting the wheels on each side to rotate independently. Applying different speeds to the wheels enables the machine to turn tight corners (zero-radius turns) by skidding, and hence the name Skid-steers.
Renting the right skidsteer loader is a matter dependent upon just how congested a jobsite is. The tighter the workspace, the more appropriate a small skidsteer. Terrain is also a factor. For wet, muddy or snowy jobsites, a skidsteer with tracks gives the operator better traction. If the skidsteer is going to be used three-axel dump trucks -- a standard sized truck, -- a bigger skidsteer is a better choice because the arms have more reach and the bucket is larger which means a large skidsteer can load a truck faster than a small one.
Skidsteers are only between five and seven feet wide which means they can inch between tight spaces with relative ease. Front-end loaders and backhoes, while very useful in their own rights, can not compete with a skidsteer on a congested jobsite. The pivoting action of skidsteers allow the machines to turn 360 degrees on a zero-degree radius.
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