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  • Consider Size when Choosing a Skid Steer Loader

    Posted on April 23rd, 2009 admin No comments

    When deciding on a skid steer loader there are three questions you will need to ask about the size you want.

    First you will need to consider the physical size of the skidsteer loader. Take a look at any garages, gates, trailers or other small areas your skid steer will need to fit in. Most skid steers are between 3’ and 6’ wide, and between 5’ and 7’ tall. Understanding the physical limitations of your work area can make it easier to narrow down your choices.

    The next factor to consider is the dumping height, or how high you will need the skid steer to lift. It is important to realize whether you need to dump over a 9’ truck or a 4’ fence. This is usually called the “height to hinge pin” measurement, or the distance from the ground to the point where the loader arms pivot the bucket. This usually ranges between 8’ and 10’.

    These two factors – dumping height and physical size – are the most important in skid steer purchases because they are often requirements that you cannot get around. However a third main factor to consider is how much you need to lift, or the lifting capacity. Many manufacturers also refer to this as the operating capacity. Lifting capacity is important, however if your primary concern is fitting through compact spaces than you might need to settle for a little less capacity.

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