This versatile machine is often considered to be a “jack-of-all-trades”. Its primary function is for digging, but the sturdy build and range of arm attachments also make it suitable for a variety of landscaping and construction jobs. So, what is a skid steer loader used for? Skid steers are typically used for jobs such as; construction, excavating, demolition, brush clearing, clean up, road maintenance, farming and snow removal.
To give you an even better idea of what your Skid Steer is capable of, we have put together two short how-to guides to inform and inspire the use of your machine. With this knowledge, you might even feel inspired to search for a brand new Skid Steer for sale online.
The following guides are useful if you are looking to undertake basic domestic projects or smaller-scale projects. Remember: if you are unsure of how to operate the machinery refer to the operator’s manual or engage the services of a professional operator.
How to grade a yard with a skid steer
- Begin by removing any large rocks from the yard area. Any rocks roughly the size of a tennis ball or larger. Skeleton bucket attachments can make short work of this.
- Before you begin any grading passes, fill in the lower sections with dirt until the yard is as level as possible, start from the highest point. If necessary, build up the dirt next to structures.
- Time to begin grading. Keeping your bucket low and flat, make grading passes to level out the parts of the yard that are too high. This material can then be used to fill the parts of the yard that are low. It may be necessary to make bucket adjustments as you go.
- A good way to check if your grade is accurate is to water the area. Puddles will form in lower areas that may require filling.
- Clean up the final grade by using a hand rake.
How to spread gravel with a skid steer
- Mark the area being covered in gravel. You can do this with string and stakes or garden hoses.
- Using your Skid Steer, remove the top layer of soil from the area and grade to achieve your ideal level. Ensure you account for the height of the gravel being added on top of the graded area.
- If you are worried about grass or weeds growing up through the gravel, this is the ideal time to lay down landscaping fabric/weed matting.
- Now to add the gravel. Fill the bucket of your Skid Steer with gravel and lift the arms and bucket off of the ground (ensure you have a good view of the bucket and ground). Move forward over the graded area at a consistent pace whilst at the same time slowly tilting your bucket forward. This will dispense the gravel consistently over the area. You may have to add a few layers depending on the job.
- To spread and level the gravel, use the same technique you would use to grade.
- Clean up the final gravel spread by using a hand rake.
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