The Importance of Testing Skid Steer Attachments Before Purchase
by Jack M Patterson
[Feb 11, 2011]
There's no denying the fact that the variety of skid steer attachments is what makes skid steer loaders one of the most efficient compact construction vehicles in the industry. However, without taking necessary precautions before purchasing an attachment, things can critically fall apart, and what was once thought as a practical implement can automatically be classified as disastrous.
First and foremost, potential buyers must look for things such as fluid leaks in the hydraulic system of the vehicle. Any present leaks are a dead giveaway that the vehicle and its attachments aren't in good condition, and if purchased, might even require more repairs than is practical. Whether brand-new or used, leaks or any potential for them must always be checked, as this can pose a hazard to the operator of the vehicle.
Next is to consider the weight of the skid loader attachments. While larger attachments may look to be more efficient than smaller ones, these will also be heavier. In turn, the attachments won't be able to stand up to maximum use, and might even damage their couplers, rendering the vehicles useless. Before purchasing attachments, make sure to balance their weight with the lifting capacity of the vehicle.
And regarding couplers: When testing an attachment, owners or operators must first raise the loader arms up and look at the pins on the back side of the coupler to make sure that they are engaged with the attachment. Should this fail, there is a big chance that the attachment can fall off, which can be fatal to anyone operating the skid steer loader.
Finally, the reliability of the skid steer attachments will also depend on the reliability of the seller. Before purchasing, make sure to only buy from trusted companies who can offer warranties or money-back guarantees.