Can a Rented Skid-Steer Loader Lift the Load?
Before renting a skid-steer loader, it is very important to make sure it can lift the load you need to move. Your local, ARA-affiliated rental store professional can help you select the best skid-steer to rent for your purposes. The major considerations you need to evaluate prior to renting your skid-steer loader include:
- Size. Make sure that you rent a skid-steer loader that can fit through any narrow passages necessary to get to your worksite. The widths of skid-steer loaders typically range between 3 and 6 feet, whereas lengths usually fall between 8 and 12 feet.
- Dump height. Make sure that you can raise the bucket on the rented skid-steer loader as high as you need to raise it to dump its contents where you want them. Smaller skid-steer loaders may have a dump height of only 6 feet, whereas larger ones may offer a dump height of about 8 feet.
- Rated capacity. The rated capacities of rented skid-steer loaders typically range from about 700 to 3,250 pounds. Keep in mind that different materials do not weigh the same. Do not exceed the lift capacity of the rented skid-steer loader, even if all of the material fits in the bucket. Exceeding the rated capacity can damage the skid-steer loader and seriously injure the operator.
- Additional steering options. Some all-wheel drive models allow you to use them in either a skid-steer-loader steering mode or an all-wheel-drive steering mode. The all-wheel-drive steering mode means that all four wheels turn when changing directions. This option can result in less surface disturbance and damage at the worksite.
Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your skid-steer loader needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.