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Skid Steer Loader hire near you

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.

What Skid Steer Loader do I need?

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.

How do Skid Steer Loaders work?

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.

Feel free to get in contact with the iseekplant team to hire a mini loader, ditch witch, kanga digger, dingo loader or skid steer loader by using our Get a Quote tool for quick and competitive quotes. Alternatively, call us on 1300 691 912 or email us at projects@iseekplant.com.au.

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