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Skid steer loaders are versatile machines used to dig, collect, lift and move earth material like dirt and sand, along with grade, jackhammer cement and load trucks. Other popular activities completed by skid steer loaders include site clean up, spreading material, road sweeping, backfill, load and removal material, turf preparation, slab preparation and more.
These machines are often nicknamed “bobcats” throughout Australia, although countries like America refer to the Bobcat Company that grew in popularity during the 1970s and continues to be one of the largest construction brands in the world. Multi-terrain loaders are another variant of skid steer loaders that are used when ground conditions are soft and require more traction, like snow, mud, sand and bush. Skid steers have locked steering on both the right and left wheels or tracks with separate functionality, allowing it to skid and easily manoeuvre. The loader arms are usually hydraulically operated to allow the attachments to lift vertically or radially. The radial movement means the bucket attachment will arc away from the skid steer loader until reaching the cab height before it moves back inwards.
Our directory offers a huge volume of qualified skid steer loader hire suppliers throughout Australia in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and surrounding areas. These suppliers offer a diverse catalogue of skid steer loader types to suit your next construction project.
While skid steer loaders are equipped with a bucket, this can be easily replaced with many different attachments to suit a range of tasks. As a result, you may be asking which attachment is best to use for your skid steer loader. Attachments include the tree spade, dumping hopper, trencher, tiller, ripper, roller, tilt, sweeper, auger, pallet fork, hydraulic breaker, stump grinder, cement mixer, wheel saw, snow blade, wood chipper or mower.
Skid steer loaders utilise hydraulically powered loader arms to operate a variety of attachments, like buckets. These machines are usually four-wheel drives with double acting cylinders to drive in opposite directions and skid. Typically, the wheels on a skid steer loader have no separate steering mechanism and therefore can hold a fixed straight alignment. When an operator drives the left and right wheel pairs at contrasting speeds, the skid steer loader turns by skidding across the land. A skid steer loader typically weighs less than their tracked counterpart - the posi track, which allows for more flexibility in transportation. Most skid steer loader hire suppliers also have tracked bobcats available.
Once hydrostatic motors were introduced, the transmission was removed from these machines and then powered by a set of hydraulic motors and pumps. Each machine typically has two motors (one motor for each set of wheels) and four pumps. The motors have a unique operating system, ensuring that the bobcat avoids stalling, and while the wheels are operating, the full force of the motor is focused on that function. Skid steer loaders are usually protected from any torsional forces as the wheels skid. The machine still manages to stay light and small, allowing it to complete the same tasks as a front-end loader with versatile applications and increased mobility.
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The average hire rates for skid steers are around $125 per hour with an operator and around $100 per hour on dry hire. However, this is highly dependant on the project, length of time, whether you need a bobcat operator, size of the machine and more. Visit our Skid Steer Loader Hire Rates Guide to see more information on the hire rates of skid steer loaders.
Depending on the type of job that needs to be done, a Tracked Skid Steer is best suited jobs on for hard/flat surfaces and a Wheel Skid Steer is best suited for challenging terrain. Read our articles on 'What skid steer is right for your job' or 'Are tracks of wheels better for a skid steer loader' for more information!
Key things to look for when inspecting a skid steer are; reviewing the historical records, examine the canopy or cab, inspect the buckets, check loader arms and cylinders, inspect wheels and tyres, observe hydraulic system, examine the engine and under the machine. To access further information on what you should look for when inspecting a bobcat, check out our Skid Steer Inspection Guide.
Common attachments for a Skid Steer loader are; Augers, Bachhoe, Dozer Blade, Saw, Trencher, Sweeper/Broom. Check out our article to gain more information on common Skid Steer Loader attachments.
A Bobcat is a popular brand of a Skid Steer Loader. So esentially, there is no difference between a Bobcat and a Skid Steer!
The following brands make reputable and popular skid steer loaders; Bobcat. Caterpillar, Komatsu, JCB and Case. Read more about the best Skid Steer Loader brands.
iSeekplant has a nationwide network of exceptional skid steer loader hire suppliers operating in all Australian capital cities from Brisbane to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne to Darwin, Perth and Adelaide. We also offer skid steer loader hire solutions in all major towns and cities from Cairns to Townsville down to Toowoomba, Newcastle, Hobart, and then across the country to Bunbury and Mandurah.