The Best Winter Attachments For Your Mini Skid Steer
By the time winter comes around, it’s often too late to start purchasing your winter attachments. Inventory levels drop and prices rise with the falling of the barometer.
If you are in need to winter attachments for your mini skid steer, have a look below. If you have any questions, feel free to give our sales team a call today.
Types of Winter Attachment For Your Mini Skid Steer
The best option for general snow clearing of wet or dry snow is the snow blade. There is an assortment of different sizes that you can choose from for your mini skid steer.
A snow blade should always be wider than the track base of your mini skid steer. You’ll often be using your snow blade on an angle to push snow to the side, so the blade must be long enough to cover your track base at an angle.
Horsepower should also be considered. Having a large blade sounds great, but if you don’t have enough power to push it when it’s full of snow, it’s not going to work very well for you.
Most mini skid steer snow blades are going to be hydraulically operated so the blade can be positioned 30 degrees to either side. Standard flow auxiliary hydraulics is all that is needed for this.
Cutting edges on the bottom of the blade are typically reversible to increase the life time service. An optional poly edge will prevent damage to driveways.
A snow bucket is another must have tool for your mini skid steer. Snow buckets are designed to pick up snow in large amounts and drop it elsewhere. They can also be used to push snow along the surface. This is a great option for smaller areas like driveways where a snow blade won’t fit.
Snow buckets are designed to have a high heaped capacity due to snow being lighter than most other material. As a rule of thumb, snow weighs about 20lbs per cubic foot, where gravel can easily be 95 pounds per cubic foot.
The size of the snow bucket you need is largely dependent on your mini skid steer. Just like the snow blade, your bucket should be wide enough to cover the wheelbase of your mini skid steer.
Additionally, you should consider the lifting capacity of your mini skid steer when deciding on a bucket.
Snow pusher attachments are available for mini skid steers as well. A snow pusher attachment is great for pushing large amount of light snow.
Unlike the snow blade, the snow pusher is not designed to dump snow off the sides. Therefore your mini skid steer requires good traction, and lots of horsepower.
A well designed snow pusher will come with a moldboard on the inside, similar to the snow blade. The moldboard will help to curl the snow back in front of the pusher when your mini skid steer is moving. This action prevents snow from piling up over the attachment.
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