Welcome back to the Attachment Awareness series on the Arrow blog! This series explores how attachments for various pieces of equipment can improve the overall experience of operation. Throughout this series, we will explore attachments for forklifts, telehandlers and skid steers and the benefits these attachments provide: improved safety and increased productivity.
In our first and second installments, we looked at static attachments and hydraulic forklift attachments and what benefits they provide for operators. This installment will provide an overview of the attachments Arrow offers for skid steers.
Skid Steer Loaders were created in 1957 and get their name from the way the vehicle is driven. The skid steer uses differential steering to make turns. This means that the wheels or tracks only drive forward. Each side of the skid steer has its own engine and controls. Turns are made by adjusting the speed of either side of the skid steer, causing the vehicle to “skid” in the direction you would like to turn. This type of steering allows for very crisp turns that are useful in tight spaces — illustrating the precision the skid steer is known to provide.
Skid Steers are one of the most common and versatile pieces of equipment you can find; being used in demolition, construction, loading, digging, mowing, landscaping and more.
As mentioned above, skid steers have attachment options in the static and hydraulic category. We will explore some of our most popular options of each that your customers can use to add efficiency and productivity to their operations.
Buckets – Buckets allow for more efficient movement of materials. There are different types of buckets that can be used for digging and shoveling as well.
Pallet Forks – One of the most common tools used in material handling, pallet forks give a skid steer the capability to lift and move pallets of different sizes and weights. This essentially transforms the skid steer into a forklift when the transportation of pallets is needed.
Grapples – An add on or accessory for buckets or pallet forks, grapples allow the skid steer to grab larger objects like big pieces of debris and move them. Hydraulic option also available.
Auger Drives – Auger drives attach to a skid steer to allow for drilling into many different ground types. With the appropriate bit, auger drives can be utilized to remove stumps, mix concrete or split logs
Tree Shears – Help keep large plots of land clear of trees and shrubs. Tree Shears can be specifically designed for your skid steer to cut flush to the ground to ensure efficient clearing.
Brooms – Attaches to the front of the skid steer to help collect debris and sweep it into a bucket for easy dumping.
With in-house engineering and production teams, custom forks and attachment requests are always welcome. Help your customers do more with their assets — with solutions from Arrow!
We hope you were able to take valuable information about the versatility and productivity skid steer attachments can add to your operation.
If you have questions on skid steer attachment options from Arrow, please contact us. Do you have a favorite attachment for your skid steer? Do you get requests from customers for specific attachments? Let us know what you learned in the comments and don’t forget to follow us on social!