Skid Steer

Skid Steer

One of the items on my to do list is clean up the bank at my parents' property. It's not ideal work for the tractor since it would require raising the bush hog, backing up to the sloped bank, slowly lowering the bush hog without hitting the rocks, raise the bush hog, then pull forward. I had seen hydraulic powered brush cutters that go on the front of skid steers. I decided to look into them to see if I could run one on my tractor. It turns out the hydraulic requirements for the brush cutter are quite a bit higher than what my tractor can produce.

I looked at the possibility of buying the brush cutter (they don't rent those) and renting a skid steer when we needed it, but that wasn't terribly practical. I started looking at my chores and decided to see if a skid steer would be a worthwhile investment. My parents' house needs mulch put down. There's a ton of it, and it's mostly sloped ground that isn't wheelbarrow friendly. I could use a skid steer to scoop a pile of mulch from the driveway, go around back, dump it, then smooth it out with the bucket blade. I've also heard that the hay grapples work much better on a skid steer which would also free up the Mahindra to bale. A skid steer would also come in handy for site prep on a new barn. I started looking online for used skid steer.

As luck would have it, someone nearby was selling a skid steer with a brush cutter and a 4-in-1 bucket. I decided to go look at it. It was in great shape, so I decided to make a deal.

This was a lot heavier than I thought it would be. The truck even had trouble starting on a paved hill! I hadn't driven a skid steer that day, and driving it off the trailer ramps was pretty terrifying for a new skid steer driver. Once we got the skid steer off, I started getting my bearings with it.

It's really fun to operate, and I'm looking forward to putting many hours on it.