Posted on Dec 4, 2020
One practical and highly efficient use for a skid steer is managing brush and woody debris when paired with the best skid steer attachments for the job. In terms of compact equipment, these machines have a relatively small footprint making them an ideal tool for keeping busy worksites clear. They can also be useful on large properties and farms for handling these types of materials among many additional activities. Regardless of your specific application, you’ll find most seasons and jobs offer up their fair share of clean up tasks whether it’s handling brush overgrowth or storm related branch and tree fall. Here’s a list of our favorite skid steer attachments designed to help you keep your property and worksite clear of wood-related materials.
Moving Obstructions and Heavy Debris
Great for landscapers, farmers and construction workers, root rakes are designed to gather debris like rocks and branches from soil without affecting the earth around it too much. This tool essentially looks like two wide-toothed rakes that join together to scoop up solid materials that are too large to sift through the openings, leaving the ground beneath it mostly untouched. For this reason, root rakes can be a more effective choice over a blade for this type of work. They also arguably accomplish these types of tasks more quickly than a blade would. Then there’s grapples. These tools are similar but not the same as a rake. You’ll find most grapples typically have a wide toothed top piece that resembles a rake with the bottom piece resembling a bucket. For brush and debris clean up, our top two recommendations are scrap and utility grapples. This equipment allows for ample opening so you can get a firm grasp on whatever shaped item you need to transport, like fallen trees from a nasty storm or moving scrap materials. Do note that a grapple is going to cause more ground disturbance because the bottom portion is a bucket.
Clearing the Way
A skid steer brush cutter is among one of the most versatile tools here on our list. Sometimes also called a brush hog, this crucial tool will allow you to clear paths and large areas of land or pasture from overgrowth and dense brush. Brush cutters are tough and can cut through a great deal of difficult and thick plant life quickly. Depending on your needs and the design of the cutter, there are options that can handle uneven ground conditions, leave a finished cut behind and some that are equipped to take on tree stumps or cut through fencing wire without skipping a beat. You can imagine that the applications for this type of equipment are wide ranging well beyond construction and into farming, municipal projects and groundskeeping among many others.
Getting Rid of Tree-Related Debris
Whether you’ve deliberately removed trees from an area or are forced to deal with what’s left after strong winds have unexpectedly knocked one down, two helpful clean up tools are mulching heads and stump shredders. Depending on the model, a mulching head is able to turn wood material into mulch with relative ease. This includes not only stumps but also brush and smaller trees. Another extremely useful favorite is a stump shredder attachment. Unlike more conventional stump grinders, stump shredders like the ones designed for skid steers by Worksite Pro are able to shred tree stumps in just one pass without kicking up a whole lot of dangerous debris in the process.There are of course a great many more useful attachments worth considering depending on your intended application like buckets, augers, bale huggers and forks among many more. You can explore the skid steer attachments we offer in person by contacting your nearest Ag-Pro Dealership or view our Blue Diamond attachments page here.