Skid Steer Dozer Blades
Taking into consideration how many different options are out there for skid steer dozer blades, it’s no wonder why it gets a bit overwhelming when you finally decide to buy your first one. Edges, shoes, trip springs, extensions, it’s all important to consider.
Let’s take a few minutes to have a look at skid steer dozer blades a little bit closer. And the good news is that if you still have questions when we are done, our team is just one phone call away waiting to help you out.
What is a Skid Steer Dozer Blade Attachment?
It’s a genius way to turn your skid steer into a small but powerful bull dozer! The dozer blade attachment comes with a universal skid steer quick attach which allows the dozer blade to couple with your loader arms.
With a dozer blade on the front of your skid steer, you can now easily move earth, snow, and other loose material. Common tasks are rough grading, back filling and snow clearing. It’s easy to see why this attachment is so popular.
What’s the Difference between a 4 way and 6 way skid steer dozer blade attachment?
It comes down to how many different ways you can articulate the dozer blade. A 4 way dozer blade can use the skid steer hydraulic system to curl the dozer blade upwards and downwards as well position the blade at different horizontal angles.
A 6 way dozer blade can accomplish these same moments, but can also tilt the blade from side to side.
Typically, a 6 way dozer blade will require that you have an external electrical harness to control the tilt. The tilt is still hydraulically operated, however, it will normally be electrically actuated.
Does My Dozer Blade Need a Height Extension?
It depends on what you are planning on doing with it.
Generally speaking, when moving earth, the dirt will curl around the moldboard nicely without spilling over. However, if you plan on pushing snow with your dozer blade, due to its lighter consistency and higher volumes, a height extension is recommended to keep the snow in front of the dozer blade.
What are the trip springs for?
Trip springs are an option when you are ordering your skid steer dozer blade attachment. This is an item you’ll want to purchase if you plan on clearing snow.
When you are pushing heavy material such as dirt, you want your skid steers dozer blade to remain rigid and not trip forward if too much resistance is placed on the blade. When moving dirt and earth, you are likely to be fairly confident that you are not going to run into unexpected unmovable objects.
Snow is a different story though. Because snow is light, the only scenario where the blade will trip forward while being pushed is if you have hit a solid object. The chances of hitting a hidden object such as a curb is much higher when clearing snow.
If you have purchased the optional trip spring kit for your skid steers dozer blade, it will allow the blade to trip forward if you’ve hit a solid object. The springs will apply pressure to the top of the moldboard to try to return the blade to a normal position.
The blades ability to trip forward will hopefully prevent damaged to the dozer blade and host machine. Trip springs do not replace good judgment and safe travel speeds however.
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