What You Need To Know About Skid Steer Winter Attachment
Before going out to get a new winter attachment, you have to find out which one is perfect for your skid steer. These are the things you need to consider before making the purchase:
- How much snow do you need to clear?
- Will it be mostly heavy and wet or light and dry snow?
- How often does it snow in your area?
- Will there be lots of ice to deal with?
Types of Winter Attachment For Your Skid Steer
Your all around best option for general snow clearing or wet or dry snow is the snow blade. There is an assortment of different sizes that you can choose from, and the proper size should be carefully considered.
Ideally a snow blade should always be wider than the wheel base or tracks of your skid steer. Remember that 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 wheel base at an angle.
Your hosepower should be the next consideration. Having a large blade sounds great, but if you don’t have the horsepower to push it when it’s full of snow, it’s no good for you.
Most snow blades are going to be hydraulically operated so the blade can be tilted 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 for twice the service life. Consider upgrading to a poly edge to prevent damage to driveways.
A snow bucket is another must have tool for your winter arsenal. Snow buckets are designed specifically to pick up snow in large amounts and deposit it elsewhere. This is a great option for smaller areas like driveways where a snow blade isn’t possible.
Snow buckets are designed to have a high heaped capacity on account of snow being lighter than gravel or earth. As a rule of thumb, snow weighs about 20lbs per cubic foot, where gravel can easily be 95 pounds per cubic foot.
Large snow buckets will typically have a cut out on the top of the back of the bucket to help the operator see the cutting edge of the bucket when operating.
The size of the snow bucket you need is largely dependent on your skid steer. Just like the snow blade, your bucket should be wide enough to cover the wheelbase of your skid steer. Additionally, you should consider the lifting capacity of your skid steer. For example, a standard 78” snow bucket will have a heaped capacity of 28.75 cubic feet. If snow on average is 20 pounds per cubic foot, your skid steer will have to lift 575 pounds of snow, plus the 570 pound bucket for a total of 1145 pounds.
Of course if your loader can handle more than this, you may consider a larger snow bucket, such as Haugen Attachments “Medium Snow Bucket”or “Mega Snow Bucket”.
A Skid Steer snow blower is a good all around option for general snow clearing as well. Instead of needing pure horsepower to move snow, a snow blower harness power from your skid steers auxiliary hydraulics. This is a great option for many operators, with the only drawback being the addition of many moving parts.
When selecting a snow blower for your skid steer, ensuring you pick one designed to be compatible with your hydraulic flow rate is important. The overall weight of the snowblower is generally less of a restricting factor, but also important to consider.
Consider what cut width and height you are looking for as well. Additional considerations are if the blower has shear pins to protect moving parts, fan blades and style of auger flight.
Snow pusher attachments are available for skid steers as well. These work like a large box, and are designed to push large amounts of snow.
Unlike the snow blade, the snow pusher is not designed to dump snow off the sides. Therefore you skid steer requires good traction, and lots of horsepower.
Snow pushers also aren’t designed to lift snow like a snow bucket. Pushing large amounts of snow along the surface is the extent of what you’ll be doing with your snow pusher.
A well designed snow pusher will come with a moldboard on the inside, similar to the snow blade. The moldboard helps to curl the snow back in front of the pusher when the skid steer is moving. This action prevents snow from piling up over the attachment.
A sand or salt spreader for your skid steer is an essential item for slip and fall protection. Your skid steer makes spreading material over a large area very efficient.
As a general rule, for winter maintenance, salt is the best option in climates that linger around the freezing mark, and sand is best used in climates that experience extreme cold. Read our Salt or Sand Blog to learn more.
Choose a skid steer spreader that is self loading. That is, you can use the spreader to scoop material up like a bucket.
Additionally, spreader attachments can be used in the warmer seasons to spread other materials as well. Many of our customers have used spreader attachments for fertilizers and seeding in pastures.
Most Popular Skid Steer Winter Attachments In Canada and US
Blue Diamond Standard-Duty Snow Pusher
The standard-duty snow pusher is an excellent value. A rubber cutting edge and removable wear shoes are standard equipment. This attachment for rapid snow removal is made of ten gauge mouldboard and 1/4” side plates, making it sturdy and rigid.
- Rubber cutting edge
- Optional pull-back available
- Comes with standard 10-gauge moldboards
- Includes high-quality bolt-on
- Available in various heights and weights
Blue Diamond Severe-Duty Snow Pusher With Triple Edge
This industrial pusher has a trip edge, which allows it to have a metal cutting edge rather than a rubber edge for a clean and efficient finish. Thanks to the trip guard, the operator no longer has to be concerned about unseen ledges or utility hole covers. This pusher has oscillation, which allows it to track the shape of rough ground and scrape cleanly on every pass. The pusher can work up and over bumps with the help of the moveable side skid boots.
Designed for snow removal professionals to utilize regularly. Extra-durable shoes with a thick cutting edge.
- 10” of lateral flex to expand pushing capacity
- Spring tensioned metal cutting edge
- 10” of oscillation for uneven ground
- Floating side plates
- Replaceable skid shoes
- Full down pressure
- Heavy-duty reinforcements on mouldboard
Top Dog Attachment Snow Blade
This snow blade is a multi-purpose attachment that makes moving thick winter snow a breeze. Top Dog’s Snow Blade is equipped with two hydraulic rams that allow you to pivot the blade left or right without having to leave your skid steer. A manual version is also available for a lower cost.
- Hydraulic or Manual option
- Available in 4 variants
- Proudly made in the USA
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