What Is A Skid Steer?


A skid steer is a compact and versatile piece of equipment used primarily for digging. It’s light and maneuverable, and its arms can attach to a range of tools for various construction and landscaping jobs.

A skid steer will either have four wheels or two tracks. The front and back axles of each side are locked in synchronization which each other, but can be operated separately from the wheels on the opposite side of the machine.

The wheels hold a fixed straight alignment and do not turn. To turn the machine, the operator must increase the speed of the wheels on one side causing the wheels to skid or drag across the ground as the machine rotates in the opposite direction. The steering function is what gives the machine its name.

The hallmark characteristic of the skid steer is its variety of attachment options which make it possible to perform a wide range of jobs using the same piece of equipment. The standard attachment for a skid steer is a bucket used for lifting and moving heavy materials, but this can be replaced by any number of alternatives that make it possible for a skid steer to perform the functions of many different types of equipment.

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