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Skid Steer Guide

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This guide highlights general features and specifications of a Skid Steer, a machine bidadoo recently sells on auction. We have skid steers available from many of our locations across the country including California, Arizona, Texas, South Carolina and others.


What is a skid steer?

A skid steer is a small, 4-wheeled or 2-tracked, rigid-framed machine that has attached lift arms. Various tools such as forks or buckets may be attached to the lift arms. The left and right wheel pairs are independent and can be operated at different speeds, allowing the machine to turn by skidding or dragging its fixed wheels. 


What is a skid steer typically used for?

Skid steers are compact and are capable of zero-radius turning. This allows them to be used for applications requiring a compact solution, which makes them extremely maneuverable and valuable for applications that require a compact, agile loader. Various implements, such as a hydraulic trencher, broom, auger, forks, spear, planner, or bucket, can be attached to the lift arms. Once this is done, a skid steer is effective in digging in tight locations.


What is a wheeled skid steer?

A wheeled skid steer has four wheels that mechanically lock in synchronization on each side. The right-side wheels can be driven independently of the left-side wheels, turning is done via differential steering, and by dragging its fixed-orientation wheels across the ground. 


Bobcat Wheeled Skid Steer Loader

Pictured: 2003 Bobcat S150 



What is a track loader?

A track loader, also known as a compact loader or multi-terrain loader, has tracks instead of wheels. A significant advantage it has over wheeled skid steers is its ability to operate easily in adverse soil and climate conditions. Since the skid steer weight is distributed more evenly over the width and length of the tracks, track loaders have a smoother ride and more control on a jobsite.


Tracked Skid Steer or Multi-Terrain Loader

Pictured: 2007 Bobcat T190



What are popular skid steer brands and models?

Popular skid steer brands include Bobcat, Caterpillar, John Deere, Case and New Holland.


Some popular skid steer models include:

          •  John Deere 318 and 326
          •  Bobcat T180, T190, S150, S250, S70, S185, T750
          •  Caterpillar 236, 246, and 259


What are some general features of a skid steer?

Skid steers may include East-to-read LCD monitor, Auxiliary Hydraulics, Work Lights and more.

What are the general specifications of a skid steer?

Skid steers may include the following:

          •  Engine Horsepower: 70
          •  Engine Fuel Type: Diesel
          •  Operating Capacity: 2,600 lbs
          •  Travel Speed: 7 mph
          •  Bucket Size: 60"
          •  Tire Size: 33x12-20/8.00
          •  Tire Type: Pneumatic
          •  Cab Type: Enclosed Cab

For more info on a specific skid steer we have on auction, please email or call 206.442.9000.