Five Reasons Skid Steers Are a Great Option for Site Preparation

Posted on: 22 June 2017

If you are preparing a site for building, there is a lot of work that needs to be done, and in most cases, you need to hire some earthmoving equipment. There are lots of options, and in some cases, you may want to consider a skid steer. Here's a look at the benefits of these powerful little machines.

1. Compact Size

Skid steers are much smaller and more compact than many other types of earthmoving machinery. That makes them easier (and potentially less expensive) to transport to your site. In addition, if your site is hard to reach, it may be easier to get a skid steer there than a larger machine.

For instance, skid steers can easily go between buildings or into relatively tight spaces. Bulldozers, backhoe loaders, rollers and other machinery isn't as compact.

2. Versatility

Skid steers can be outfitted with a variety of attachments, and that makes them perfectly poised for doing all kinds of jobs related to preparing a site for building. You can hire a single piece of equipment but use multiple attachments to change its purpose throughout your project. That kind of versatility saves a lot of money compared to hiring several different machines.

3. Earth Removal and Levelling Capabilities

With a bucket, your skid steer turns into a virtual backhoe. You can use the bucket to lift and remove excess dirt, debris, tree branches, rubbish and anything else that's in the way at your building site. Note there is a special attachment for removing tree stumps that are rooted  in the ground.

Once the site is clear, you can start levelling the area. Just put the bucket down and use it like a blade across the dirt, or switch to a grader blade for a more accurate finish.

4. Concrete Removal and Maintenance Potential

If you plan to pour a concrete foundation or a slab for a driveway, the skid steer can also be useful during that process. Rock saw attachments make it possible to cut up old concrete. Then, you can remove the rumble with a rock bucket attachment. Later when you need to maintain the pavement, you can use the skid steer's blower or broom attachments to clean the concrete, and then you can seal or patch as needed.  

5. Easy to Use

Compared to other types of machinery, skid steers are relatively easy to use. Their controls aren't as complicated, and their small size makes them easier for an amateur to maneuver.