The Different Types of Skid Steer Attachments
Many businesses in construction, landscaping, and other industries rely on heavy equipment for their daily operations. Each company will certainly have a fleet of skid steers because they’re compact and adaptable. Plus, businesses can purchase several different attachments for their skid steers. These attachments help workers perform actions such as grabbing, lifting, and quickly pulling, all of which would take a worker hours or more to do by hand. Once you add various attachments to your arsenal, a skid steer’s versatility becomes a reality. If you’d like to learn more about the different types of skid steer attachments, our team explains them in detail below.
While a blade attachment isn’t necessarily common, it’s worth a mention. Blades help the operator push debris, whether that debris consists of rocks, concrete, wood, dirt, or mud. However, many standard blades aren’t up for the challenges that job sites present. A standard blade limits the operator to a single angle, forcing them to reposition their entire machine. Instead, you should help your team out by upgrading to one of our four-way or six-way blades. Our blades are superior in quality and strength, and they encourage improved operator efficiency; multi-blade attachments boast complete control with different tilting and angling capabilities.
Most (if not all) companies are going to find themselves in a scenario where they need to remove a tree stump. Having a large stump in your way can slow your job down, but if you had a stump bucket on hand, you could easily remove the stump. There are several ways to remove the stump, but nothing is more efficient and permanent than using a stump bucket. At McLaren Industries, we believe we make the best stump buckets, as we take quality seriously. We offer both hydraulic and non-hydraulic stump buckets to ensure an attachment that fits your needs. Our stump buckets surpass our competitors because we have specifically engineered upgrades, such as our angled fulcrum, for unsurpassed leverage. Furthermore, our buckets come with serrated sides and extra-long teeth to easily cut and rip roots.
Grapples are among the most versatile attachments a company can have. Grapples give the operator full control in just about any work scenario. There are a few different variations of grapples available, and all of them would be excellent additions to your fleet.
The most common variation is a grapple bucket because it’s essentially an all-in-one option. When companies don’t invest in versatile attachments such as grapple buckets, they may need to purchase other machines and, in turn, spend more than necessary for the job. From logs to boulders, your crew can lift and transport just about anything with grapple buckets. A grapple bucket will significantly improve your crew’s efficiency since a skid steer can handle several work environments with all these attachments. Our grapple buckets are unmatched in the industry—between our reinforced tines and replaceable heat-treated and wear-resistant teeth, our grapple buckets are sure to surpass others on the market.
Root rake grapple bucket
For crews that are working in or around wooded areas, sometimes a multipurpose attachment isn’t always ideal; they may need something designed specifically for the job. In these cases, we’d recommend a McLaren root rake grapple bucket. This attachment aids you in removing trees and roots from a job site in limited passes without excessive damage to the soil. You can’t go wrong with our root rake grapple buckets because the teeth are replaceable, so your attachment will have an infinite lifespan.
Log grapple bucket
Moving large and bulky items such as logs and stumps can be challenging without the right attachment. That’s why you should invest in our log grapple bucket. McLaren’s log grapple buckets have a wider bottom lip and specifically engineered tine shape to allow skid steer operators to confidently pick up logs with limited balancing required. Although this attachment is most common for construction and landscaping companies, storm clean-up crews often use log grapple buckets to remove uprooted trees from severe storms.
Demolition and recycling grapple bucket
We know that scrap and demolition yards depend on quality equipment; you’re only as profitable as you are efficient. That’s why McLaren Industries created a grapple bucket specifically for demo and recycling crews. Our bucket has a solid bottom which allows you to pick up cardboard, plastic, concrete, and more. However, we know that sometimes the job site requires moving larger, heavier, and bulkier items—and grapples help with these tasks. Our heavy-duty grapples ensure superior strength, allowing the skid steer operator to lift and move items easily with added security.
Other specific attachments
Up until now, we’ve discussed mostly versatile attachments for skid steers, but there are other alternatives for specific uses. One that’s especially common in both construction and landscaping is an auger attachment. A skid steer’s hydraulic auger attachment is much safer and more efficient than a handheld auger. Our hydraulic auger attachment is unparalleled on the market, and it’s because we prioritize top-quality. Our single-piece shaft is precision cut by a CNC lathe with heat-treated alloy for superior hardening—not to mention, it won’t fall out like two-piece alternatives during heavy loads. Furthermore, our CNC precision cut gears are stronger than our competitors, and we offer auger bits ranging from 4” to 36” in diameter.
Regardless if you work in construction, landscaping, or recycling and demolition, your crew needs the best attachments for their skid steers. By investing in this equipment, you can assist your team in getting the job done correctly and efficiently. The different types of skid steer attachments that McLaren Industries carries surpass industry alternatives—and they will even exceed your own expectations.
As a leader in the industry, McLaren Industries takes pride in offering the highest-quality products to our customers. Our team values extensive research and, with decades of industry experience under our belts, we’re able to develop exceptional products for our customers’ specific applications. Additionally, we use state-of-the-art technology to manufacture attachments that last. If you’re looking for heavy-duty skid steer attachments, you’ll only find the best at McLaren Industries. Contact us today to gather more information or request a quote.