A mini skid steer auger attachment uses your mini skid steers auxiliary hydraulic power to “drill” wholes in the earth.
A planetary drive converts your mini skid steers hydraulic power into high torque rotational force. The rotational force turns an auger through the earth with specially designed cutting teeth. The teeth break up the earth beneath it, so the “auger flight” can lift the earth upwards and out of the whole it is drilling.
When deciding on an auger drive unit for your mini skid steer, your first consideration should be hydraulic flow.
Each drive unit is designed to work best with specific gallons per minute of hydraulic flow. A mini skid steer that produces too high of a flow through your drive unit could result in a damaged drive unit. On the opposite spectrum, a mini skid steer with too low of hydraulic flow will not be able to efficiently run the auger drive.
Manufactures will rate drive units for a gallon per minute range. You should use this information to pair a drive unit for your mini skid steer.
For example, if your mini skid steer auxiliary hydraulics produce 16 GPM, purchasing an auger drive unit rated at 10 - 20 GPM would result in the best performance.
You will also have to ensure that the auger(s) you select are compatible with your mini skid steers auger drive unit.
Auger drives will come with several different sizes of final drives. The Most common sizes for mini skid steers is 2” hex, 2 1/2” hex and 2 9/16” Round. The auger you select to use with your drive must have the same size head on it to be compatible.
More powerful auger drive units will have larger final drive’s built into them.
Higher torque drive units must be paired with heavier built augers to handle the extra torque. Likewise, a drive unit with less torque will struggle to work efficiently with too large of an auger.
The flight on any auger is the spiralling ribbon that is welded onto the augers shaft. This ribbon lifts the augured material out of the hole.
One of the key components to a well built and long lasting mini skid steer auger is the weld connecting the flight to the augers shaft. A weak weld in this area could result in premature failure of the auger. For this reason, cheap augers are not recommended.
Additionally, mini skid steer augers will come with a single or double flight. Although single flights are sufficient for loose soil.
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