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The 8 Most Useful Skid Steer Attachments

The 8 Most Useful Skid Steer Attachments

The 8 Most Useful Skid Steer Attachments

As a young farm kid, before I could operate the tractors, I had to pick rocks and sticks in the fields. I sometimes unearthed boulders that would have broken the blades on the tiller immediately.

I remember thinking, “This can’t be the most efficient way to prepare a farm field – there has to be an easier way.”

One day, I went home and asked, “Don’t they make a Bobcat attachment for this?” My parents replied, “Well, yeah, but then what would you do? Sit at home inside and play video games?”

These days, I’m always looking for the best way to accomplish any task at hand. And, 20 years later, I’m still fascinated by what you can do with skid steer attachments. The process improvements are sensational.

Here is my list of the coolest skid steer attachments

Disclaimer: the following list is for the common person. The added value these attachments provide will differ depending on your line of work (construction, landscaping, farming, etc.).

1. Essential skid steer attachments

Bucket – I’m starting the list with the most affordable and practical attachment, which to me makes it the coolest. With a bucket attachment, I like to say I have access to the best wheelbarrow in the world. I have redone a handful of driveways with solely a skid steer and a bucket attachment. Everyone can use a skid steer bucket in their life. Well, not if you live in a skyscraper apartment.

Forks – These are most often used to move pallets of material or maybe 275-gallon totes of AMSOIL products. Forks are perfect for businesses that don’t quite need a forklift for everyday use. They’re practical for stacking lumber and building materials to be set in a garage.

Be sure to put blocks underneath so you can fit your forks underneath the next time you want to move something. Another reason forks are great? They’re affordable.

2. Brush Hog

Brush cutters are ideal for the initial pass when clearing land and mowing overgrown areas. As a kid (and adult), I used the brush hog to clear my ATV and dirt bike trails since the six-foot swath it cut was the perfect width.

Word to the wise: be careful with your speed and the size of brush. Thick brush can do harm to a brush cutter, requiring a lot of maintenance.

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3. Tiller

While a tiller attachment isn’t a necessity, it can save you a ton of time and sweat equity. If you’re just tilling a little backyard garden, use a gas rototiller – it’s much more cost effective than renting a skid steer attachment. For large areas or when landscaping, you can’t beat a skid steer with a tiller attachment. Tillers are purpose-built for pulverizing the toughest soil, saving time and money.

4. Auger

Augers are used to drill holes for fencing, footings, trees and more. There are different drive systems for different types of soils. Augers can usually dig down about six feet, but you can buy extensions if need be.

Pro tip: using the hydraulics, give the auger a good shake after it’s pulled from the ground to avoid spraying dirt all over the place (and people) when you fire it up again.

5. Trencher

This one makes the list because of the time savings it offers. There are a variety of trencher options on the market. Before renting or buying, it’s important to know the depth and width of the trench you’re digging. Forty-two inch trencher attachments work well, especially for utility lines, irrigation systems and drain pipes. If you often need a trencher, there may be a better piece of equipment out there for you, like a narrow excavator bucket.

6. Landscape rake

Landscape rakes are used for cutting out soil and gathering sticks and rocks with ease. CAT’s landscape rakes pulverize, aerate and level the soil while collecting rocks and debris in a hopper. There are a few variations in landscaping rakes from the major manufacturers.

7. Sweeper

There are a few different kinds of sweepers available, including…

  • Pick-up brooms (utility brooms)
  • Sweeper brooms
  • Angle brooms

Utility brooms are a personal favorite. They collect dirt, rocks and other debris into a hopper to be dumped in a place of your choosing. Optional dust-control kits help prevent the amount of airborne dust nearby.

My only complaint? They’re a little too big for cleaning the garage.

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8. Honorable mentions

The following honorable mentions didn’t quite make the main list due to the narrowness of the application or cost effectiveness. But they’re still worth considering for some people.

  • Bale spear – An absolute necessity on the farm. We used these for round bails the most. Stacking them on a trailer three high takes precision, which this affordable attachment easily provides.
  • Dozer blade – While practical for small soil movement and leveling, you can usually get by with a bucket.
  • Grapple buckets – Ever wish your hands were huge, powerful and felt no pain? You were probably wishing for a grapple bucket. This attachment is prefect for grabbing heavy, oddly shaped objects. They’re most often found in the demo, construction and trash-management industries.
  • Mulcher – Although mulcher attachments are a cool concept, they’re expensive. Mulchers are used on land that hasn’t been touched in a long time. They help reduce manual labor.

I can’t complain about picking rocks all summer in those fields; it shaped who I am. When I have kids, my rock-picking stories might be like my parents’ stories of “walking to school, in the freezing cold, uphill both ways.”

No matter the job for which you use your skid steer, make sure to maintain it properly so it lasts for years.

Updated. Originally published: July 25, 2017

New Grease Gun Kit

New Grease Gun Kit

New Grease Gun Kit

Grease Gun

The new AMSOIL Deluxe Grease Gun Kit (GLCGN) provides improved performance and added functionality, making the job of greasing equipment even easier.

  • Develops up to 3,500 psi, ensuring grease is adequately applied to the application
  • Improved pumping performance
  • Two convenient grease-distribution options (flexible hose and rigid pipe). The pistol-grip design and rigid hose allow one-handed grease application, while the flexible hose eases access to hard-to-reach locations.
  • Two head ports for increased flexibility and comfort
  • Plastic tip cover protects against debris
  • Easy-to-use plunger simplifies loading

The previous AMSOIL Grease Gun Kit (GLCKT) is discontinued.

As soon as we sell out of the old kit we will have these in the Sioux Falls store.

Combat Cold Temperature Effects on Vehicles

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AMSOIL addresses cold weather issues – Results beyond expectations

Vehicle maintenance is an important part of preparing for winter months. Extreme winter weather can make breakdowns especially dangerous, and most people aren’t aware of the effect cold weather has on conventional lubricants.

Amsoil delivery carAn oil’s cold-temperature performance refers to its ability to flow when the engine is cold, or below typical operating temperature (212°F), and not simply to what feels cold to humans – warm summer days are also cold to an engine. Startup lubrication is directly affected by a lubricant’s cold flow ability, and the impact is felt at higher temperatures than most consumers would think. For example, in early 1991, General Motors halted sales of the Corvette ZR-1. Eight engines had seized at its Bowling Green, Ky. assembly plant. The temperature had only dipped to slightly below freezing and, at startup, hard-to-pump motor oil did not reach the front camshaft bearings and they were destroyed by lack of lubrication. GM responded by requiring the use of synthetic oil in the Corvette.
Note: We suggest for optimum results use the Signature Series products such as the 5W-30 for best performance. Our 100% synthetic technology compared to other “synthetics” has performance equivalent to a tune up or another expensive mod.

Motor Oil

Most engine wear occurs at startup. Cold temperatures can render oil so thick it cannot flow through narrow passageways to protect critical components, increasing wear. The paraffins in conventional oil only worsen the problem. AMSOIL synthetic motor oils contain no paraffin, remaining fluid in frigid winter temperatures (down to -63°F) for easier starting, improved oil flow and excellent bearing protection. Their unique synthetic formulations allow them to flow in extreme cold and maintain high film strength in extreme heat for outstanding all-season protection.

Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluids are also affected by cold temperatures. Since transmission fluid’s ability to flow does not directly impact a vehicle’s ability to start, cold-temperature transmission fluid performance is not foremost in the minds of consumers. It is affected, however, and does impact performance and wear. Automatic transmissions can shift harder in the cold, but changes in transmission performance brought on by cold temperatures are usually more pronounced for drivers who operate manual transmissions. As transmission fluid thickens in the cold, the synchronizers in manual transmissions cannot spin as quickly as they need to, which can severely impact the driver’s ability to shift until the fluid is warmed enough to provide proper flow – and protection.

AMSOIL transmission fluids are wax-free and deliver extraordinary cold-flow properties. They help improve shift response, energy efficiency and warm-up times.

Gear Lube

Gear lubricants with high viscosity at cold temperatures are less efficient and the gears require more energy to turn, resulting in reduced fuel economy. Gears and bearings in the differential and axle housing are splash-lubricated, and gear lubricants that are too thick at cold temperatures can starve internal components of lubrication, which can cause failure.

AMSOIL synthetic gear lubes’ wax-free construction improves cold-flow properties for maximum fuel economy and smooth cold-weather operation.

Diesel Fuel

As the temperature drops, the wax naturally found in diesel fuel begins to crystallize. The point at which wax crystals form is known as the cloud point. These wax crystals eventually clog the fuel filter and starve the engine of fuel, preventing it from starting. While low-quality fuels may form wax crystals in temperatures as warm as 40ºF (4ºC), most fuels have a cloud point near 32ºF (0ºC). The point at which the crystals clog the fuel filter is known as the cold filter-plugging point (CFPP).

AMSOIL Diesel Cold Flow lowers the CFPP by up to 20ºF (15ºC) in ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel (ULSD). It uses a jet-fuel-type deicer that disperses water to control ice formation throughout the fuel system. AMSOIL Diesel Cold Flow inhibits wax crystal formation, allowing fuel to flow to the engine more easily and improving diesel engine reliability in cold temperatures. AMSOIL Diesel Recovery quickly liquefies gelled diesel fuel and thaws frozen fuel filters in engines that haven’t been treated with Diesel Cold Flow.

Visit the Sioux Falls AMSOIL motor oil store at 4610 W. 12th for the best lubricants found in this great city!

 


 

And for your Cooling System – Did you know?

AMSOIL Dominator® Coolant Boost significantly reduces engine warm-up times in cold weather. You can enjoy warm air from your vehicle’s heater faster on cold winter days by adding Coolant Boost to the radiator.

Spray-On Versatility – I keep one in every work area

Spray-On Versatility – I keep one in every work area

More than a spray on lubricant.

Amsoil Metal Protector

AMSOIL Metal Protector (AMP) – The Handy Man in a Can!

It’s a high-performance, easy-to-use spray-on product that effectively lubricates, displaces moisture, protects against corrosion and penetrates to free corroded parts. With countless applications in the home, garage and business, it is one of the most versatile products in the AMSOIL line.

Features and Benefits

  • Lubricates — silences squeaks, doesn’t gum up mechanisms
  • Penetrates — frees corroded parts
  • Displaces moisture — helps prevent corrosion
  • Cleans
  • Sprays into hard-to-reach places
  • Compatible with metal, plastic and painted surfaces

Uses

  • Lubricate and protect guns; it helps eliminate jamming, particularly in cold weather
  • Dry and protect electrical systems from corrosion (both salt- and fresh-water corrosion)
  • Silence squeaking doors
  • Loosen bolts and mechanical parts frozen by rust and corrosion
  • Keep snow from sticking to shovels
  • Lubricate chair rollers to help them move quieter and smoother
  • Lubricate adjustable camera tripods so they’ll move smoothly and precisely
  • Prevent locks from freezing and de-ice frozen locks
  • Dry wet distributors in stalled cars
  • Prevent lug nuts from rusting and seizing
  • Keep lockout hubs on four-wheel-drive vehicles free to rotate
  • Lubricate office equipment
  • Keep grass from sticking to the underside of lawnmowers
  • Protect cables exposed to the weather
  • Remove glue or stickers from windows or bumpers
  • Protect marine engine components during off-season storage