If you work with a skid steer, you may find that many different types of attachments can be helpful for your various tasks. Whether you need a tool for clearing overgrowth or digging ditches, you have many versatile attachment options to choose from. No matter what industry you work in, you can find attachment models that will make your job easier and more efficient.
Learn more about the different types of skid steer accessories and their uses.
Buckets are typically high-capacity attachments that handle large loads of light, loose material. Their high backs make it easy to push the material into a pile they can cut into with their high sides. This type of attachment can come in handy when working with materials like:
- Wood chips
- Livestock feed
- Hay bales
- Dry topsoil
Skid steers have many options for bucket attachments. These attachments are available in several sizes and designs, ranging from mixing to side discharge buckets. Bucket attachments can diversify your skid steer capabilities. You are most likely to use these attachments for:
- Light digging
- Pushing and moving materials
- Smoothing and back dragging
If you’re considering getting a bucket attachment, be sure to consider what materials you work with most often and if you could benefit from a multi-use option.
Broom attachments use heavy-duty bristles to quickly sweep debris and dirt off the ground without damaging the surface. The three main types of broom attachments are:
- Angle brooms, an ideal style for simple lot-clearing jobs.
- Pickup brooms, which use a bucket to collect dirt and debris while sweeping.
- Utility brooms, a type of broom that can collect debris no matter the direction it travels.
These attachments are ideal for efficiently cleaning areas and are especially useful for tough jobs that require removing caked-on dirt and debris from a surface. Brooms are an excellent choice for clearing the following:
- Warehouse floors
- Machine sheds
- Streets and walkways
- Parking lots
- Storage facilities
Brushcutters are powerful skid steer attachments that can make the cleanup process more efficient during applications such as:
- Roadside maintenance.
- Cutting down small trees.
- Clearing overgrowth along walking trails.
- Vegetation control.
- Lot clearing.
- Clearing undergrowth.
- Site preparation.
- Mowing tall grass.
Brushcutters can easily cut through materials, making them ideal attachments for landscaping projects. This equipment is available in various sizes, so you can find the balance of coverage and maneuverability that fits your needs.
Augers for skid steers function similarly to a drill bit. They have helix blades along a heavy-duty shaft that pierces and drills into the ground, allowing you to:
- Grind stumps.
- Dig postholes.
- Drill shrub plantings.
- Create footings.
- Drill piles.
- Lay pipe.
As the blade rotates, it grabs and loosens the material for extraction. If you’re interested in an auger, you will have to consider the depth and diameter of the attachment as well as the necessary torque for your applications.
Another type of skid steer attachment is a trencher. These pieces of equipment resemble a chain saw blade and feature a design that easily cuts into the earth. Trenchers can create straight and narrow trenches for laying:
- Electrical lines.
- Cable lines.
- Gas pipes.
- Water pipes.
- Telephone lines.
These attachments make ditch-digging highly efficient. In some trencher models, the chain breaks through the dirt while another mechanism pushes misplaced material off to the side, away from the newly dug trench.
When choosing a trencher, consider the type of ground you’re working with and your desired trench width.
A hammer attachment — also called a breaker — allows you to use your skid steer for jobs that require the destruction of materials. This equipment is often useful for projects involving excavation or demolition. The hammer can chip away at and break boulders or concrete structures.
Hammers are ideal for jobs where you need to break up hard materials like:
Whether you are working on a construction site or quarry project, hammers can come in handy. The hydraulic system allows the attachment to efficiently power through tough material, saving you valuable time and money.
Forks are a very diverse category of skid steer attachments. With many different types and functions, fork attachments are perfect for agricultural and construction jobs. You can use fork attachments for the following applications:
- Clearing brush
- Hauling hay bales and bundles
- Carrying fence posts
- Handling roofing materials
- Moving pallets
Adding this type of attachment to your equipment gives you the advantages of versatility and maneuverability. Compared to forklift trucks, skid steers with fork attachments offer more visibility and are more suitable for different types of terrain.
If you are looking for a versatile work tool for various jobs like site preparation and land clearing, rake attachments are a great choice. They are available in multiple types, such as:
- Excavator rakes.
- Industrial grapple rakes.
- Landscaping rakes.
- Loader rakes.
- Power box rakes.
When choosing the right rake attachment, consider the size and dimensions that will work best for the type of jobs you do. Rakes are especially useful for applications like:
- Grading soil or gravel.
- Removing debris.
- Spreading topsoil.
- Leveling land.
- Spreading mulch.
- Preparing seedbeds.
Tillers are the perfect attachments for jobs that require soil preparation. They break up soil and mix it efficiently for landscaping and agricultural applications like preparing gardens and seedbeds. Tilling improves soil health by turning over fresh soil and increasing moisture.
These attachments allow you to efficiently prep land without much labor. Tillers are available in various sizes, so you should choose one depending on the type and scale of jobs you perform.
Mulchers are becoming a more popular piece of equipment for site development purposes. The design of these skid steer attachments is ideal for a wide range of applications, such as:
- Land clearing.
- Vegetation control.
- Clearing overgrowth.
Mulchers have a cutting chamber that can shred through materials and produce softer topsoil and mulch. Mulcher attachments can efficiently cut through growth, from thick weeds to small trees.
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