How to Operate a Skid Steer

It can be challenging to operate a skid steer if you’re trying it for the first time. If you’re new to heavy machine operation, a skid steer will take some time to learn. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll find it’s pretty simple.

When operating a skid steer, you need to know how it works, where the controls are, and how to use them.

Let’s start with the basics of how to handle a skid steer.

Starting the Skid Steer

The machine should be off with the bucket lowered to the ground before you start it. Here’s how it works.

Grab the bars with both hands facing the machine. Use the steps, then close the door.

Adjust your seat to ensure you reach all the controls. Fasten your seatbelt and overhead safety bar until it locks.

Switch the parking brake off by pushing the parking brake button. The red indicator light should turn off.

Locate your starter controls at the top right corner to start the engine.

How to Operate a Skid Steer

Skid steer operation tasksĀ can range from a construction project to agriculture work. Regardless of what you use it for, you will operate it the same way.

Here are quick guides on how to control the machine.

Operating the Boom

Practice controlling the boom using the right joystick with the machine in place.

Pull the joystick back to raise the boom, then push it forward to lower it. Open the bucket by moving the joystick to the right and close it by moving the stick to the left.

When you get the hang of it, click here to findĀ an appropriate manure fork for your task before you start.

Driving the Skid Steer

Your left joystick is for driving the machine. Push it forward to move your skid steer forward. If you want to reverse, pull the joystick back.

Check where your mirrors are and use them when you’re going reverse. Push the joystick to the left or right if you want to turn in that direction, then push it forward to continue moving.

Scooping Material

You get started with the material once you’re comfortable with the controls. Here’s how to scoop using the machine.

Drive towards your material. Lower the boom and bucket, positioning them in front of the pile. The front blade of the bucket should be flat on the ground.

Close the bucket to scoop the material. Move forward at the same time for large piles.

Back up from the material, then raise the boom and bucket. Avoid carrying it too high.

Dumping Material

With a bucket full of material, here’s how to dump it.

Drive towards your dumping space or pile. Position the machine in front of it.

Lower the boom and bucket to the ground. Open the bucket while lowering the boom.

Curl the bucket back in, then back up.

Learn About Basic Skid Steer Operation Now!

If you follow these steps and tips, operating a skid steer will be a breeze. Give it a try, and check our blog for more!

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