To extend the life of a skid steer, operators should follow these three simple operating tips from Jonathon Ferguson, .
1. Know your surroundings.
Operators must constantly be aware of where the skid steer loader is operating, how it is operating and its proximity to existing infrastructure, landscaping or other jobsite objects during operation. Unintentional , even the slightest bump, with objects in the loader’s work zone can result in potential structural damage, like cracks or dents, which could inhibit the machine’s future performance and productivity.
2. Match the attachment to the machine.
With such a wide variety of attachments available for use on a skid steer, it is important the attachment is correctly sized for the machine. For instance, an oversized attachment may become too heavy for the loader to repeatedly lift overhead, causing premature wear to the loader’s lift arm cylinders. Also, the wrong size of attachment can cause the machine to become off balance during operation, which could also result in extra wear on the machine’s components. Correctly sizing the attachment to the skid steer loader’s particular capacity will increase cycle times and utilization rates.
3. Maintain proper tire inflation.
Because skid steers have no frame suspension to soften the ride, the air in the tires provides the only cushion between the loader and the ground. Proper tire pressure and balance is critical for stability and durability. Under-inflated tires, over-inflated tires or if the tire pressure from tire to tire varies greatly can result in accelerated wear and tear on the machine.