A skid steer is only as good as the attachments you use with it. That's why we have compiled a list of what we consider to be the 8 best skid steer attachments using data from our business. Have a look to learn more!
Best Skid Steer Pallet Forks
Pallet forks are among the most popular skid steer attachments on the market. Moving loads on and off trailers, as well as around the job site is an essential task for most businesses. But not all pallet forks are built equal, and you should be aware of what the best options are.
Pallet forks and pallet fork frames come in several different classes, which describe the capacities and compatibility of the of the fork and frame. Within each pallet fork classification, you can choose different size fork tines and frame widths.
The best pallet fork and frame comes from Berlon Industries. Berlon makes their frames in house, and has paid particular attention to detail, not seen in offshore built frames.
Best Skid Steer Bucket
A skid steer bucket is the next most common and useful skid steer attachments. A high quality skid steer bucket should provide a decade of service with only some cutting edge servicing.
Buckets need to be chosen carefully because they are not a one size fits all attachment. The depth and width of your bucket needs to be matched carefully with your skid steer and job at hand. A bucket needed to move snow should be designed differently than a bucket used to remove rocks and debris.
A skid steer is a powerful machine that will quickly destroy a poorly made bucket. Because of this we only carry made in America, high quality buckets.
The best buckets and grapple buckets on the market are also built by Berlon Industries.
Best Skid Steer Log Splitter
The inverted skid steer log splitters has become a very popular attachment over the past few years with many customers realizing how much easier it is to manage logs without having to physically lift them.
Having the cylinder and wedge on the bottom of the log splitter attachment allows the skid steer operator to lift logs with the attachment. A modern skid steer with a log splitter hosting a 4" to 5" cylinder can produce 35 tonnes or more of splitting force, easily beating most stand alone splitters.
The best log splitter attachment is the TM Log Splitter. With 4 models to choose from, and several different sizes and configurations of each model, it's possible to get the perfect log splitter regardless of your needs.
Best Skid Steer Brush Cutter
A skid steer brush cutter is not a one sizes fits all attachment. There are many different variations to fit each customers budget and job at hand.
Brush cutters can be designed to rip through woody material and cut 6" plus thick trees, or it can be designed to cut overgrown grass and weeds while leaving a nice finish. You'll also find some brush cutters that bring the best of both styles into one.
So what's the best skid steer brush cutter attachment on the market? It's Blue Diamond's Severe Duty Brush Cutters.
Blue Diamond's Severe duty Brush cutter is built in models to fit both high and low flow skid steers, has a radial piston motor, a 500 pound blade carrier and four cutting blades. Blue Diamond has even recently updated the Severe Duty Brush Cutter to the "Series 2" which improves upon its original design.
Best Skid Steer Post Driver
Skid steer post drivers come in both vibratory and hammer style. We only deal with vibratory style drivers as the older hammer style does not hold up to the newer vibratory post drivers.
A high quality vibratory post driver attachment should be heavy, powerful and be able to quickly and easily adapt to different size posts. Additionally, it should offer the ability to tilt when needed.
The best skid steer post driver attachment is the Dakota Driver by Haugen Attachments. The Dakota driver comes in several different models, but the most popular is the PD-1450 and PD-1850.
The PD-1450 is the smallest post driver in the Dakota line, but can be affordably purchased with a manual rotation feature. It features a domed cup that will keep posts up to 4.5" wide centred while hammering.
The PD-1850 is the most popular Dakota post driver. It weighs over 1300 pounds and can hammer posts up to 8.25" wide. A 12" domed head tool is also available as an option for customers who want to be able to hit bigger posts.
The PD-1850 can also be outfitted with optional tilt, auger drive, and a concrete chisel tool for breaking up concrete when it's not hammer posts.
Best Skid Steer Cold Planer
A skid steer cold planer is a large investment worthy of proper consideration. Not only does it need to be compatible with your skid steer, but you also have to consider what features and capabilities you require.
Depending on the make and model of your cold planer, the milling depth may change by a few inches, the side shift may operate from inside or outside of the skid steer, and you may or may not have a planetary gearbox to increase torque and efficiency.
For skid steers with High Flow capabilities, the best skid steer cold planer is Blue Diamond's "Severe Duty" Cold Planer. The Severe duty cold planer comes in 5 different models ranging from 18" to 48" wide with up to 106 chipping teeth. The 1.5" thick cutting drum decreases vibration and increases the overall performance of the attachment.
For customers with standard flow skid steers, Blue Diamond's Standard Cold Planer is the best option. This model can accommodate skid steers with a minimum of 15 GPM hydraulic flow while cutting up to 5" deep with 38 teeth.
You can read more about Blue Diamonds Cold Planer Attachments Here.
Best Skid Steer Auger
Skid steer augers are one of our most inquired about attachments. Engineering firms, builders and contractors alike all have needs for augers.
Skid steer auger drives must be built from high quality components to the tightest tolerances to ensure the highest performance. Although all of our manufacturers produce impressive auger drives, in our opinion, Star Industries is the best brand of skid steer auger drive on the market.
Star Industries auger drives are manufactured in 10 - 20GPM, 15 - 30GPM and 20-35GPM to suite skid steers of practically any size. The auger drive comes with the required mount and hydraulic lines when you purchase from us.
Star Industries also manufacturers Heavy duty Single flight augers as well as solid rock augers ranging from 6" to 36" in diameter to cut through practically any ground.
Best Skid Steer Angle Broom
A high quality hydraulic angle broom attachment makes removing dirt and debris from your job site easy.
Angle broom attachments come in both manual and hydraulic styles. A hydraulic angle broom allows the skid steer operator to adjust the angle of the angle broom from inside the skid steer, while manual angle brooms require outside assistance.
By far the most popular option is hydraulic, as changing angles on the fly saves time and labor.
The best skid steer angle broom attachment on the market is Blue Diamond's Heavy Duty Series 2 Angle broom. This model can be purchased in widths from 60" to 96" and it offers both manual and hydraulic versions.
Water kits are available as an option on the series 2 angle broom as many municipalities are beginning to require this to keep dust and dirt down.
Our team at Skid Steers Direct talks to customers and manufacturers of skid steer attachments every day. Tapping into our knowledge base before purchasing your next skid steer attachment will save you time and money.