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Skid Steer Rental for Demolition: An Essential Guide
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Tim Forestell
June 5, 2023

Skid Steer Rental for Demolition: An Essential Guide

Agility, compact size, and utility in attachments make skid steers a valuable asset on any construction site. This is your guide to why skid steers are great additions to demolition jobs. No matter what you need your equipment to do, DOZR can help you find quality equipment for your demolition project.

The Power and Utility of Skid Steers in Demolition

Having a machine that is flexible in its capabilities is an essential part of efficient demolition. Able to break rock slabs, remove debris, and move materials quickly, wheeled and tracked skid steers bring consistent and reliable power to any demolition task.

They're very adaptable and range in size, which makes them ideal for indoor demolition. Additionally, their noise level is significantly lower than other pieces of equipment. If you're interested in learning more about noise pollution on the job site and how it impacts you, check out our blog on it!

Compact Size, High Power

The compact size of skid steers makes them the most effective and efficient piece of equipment for a variety of demolition jobs. One of the most common uses of a skid steer with demolition work would be to remove debris and site clean up in an indoor setting such as a hospital, mall, etc.

Most often equipped with a bucket attachment, their compact structure allows them to clear sites in a controlled, quiet manner. Skid steers can efficiently navigate tight spaces and handle various tasks efficiently during demolition, especially when fitted with their wide range of attachments like augers, breakers, and shears.

Superior Maneuverability

Skid steers have an uncanny ability to maneuver themselves in tight areas. With zero-radius turning, skid steers have 2 independent sets of wheels which allow them to turn essentially on the spot. This trait allows them to quickly change directions and navigate through tight spaces with ease which can be crucial in a demolition project.

Zero-radius turning goes hand in hand with differential steering operators who are able to move each side of the machine independently. This is another feature that allows the machine to make tighter turns and more precise maneuvers.

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Range of Attachments

With the wide range of attachments available for skid steers, they are able to take on many different jobs on a demolition job site. From debris removal to material sorting, and more, with the right attachment, you can be great for your site.

Hydraulic breakers or hammer attachments are one of the favorite skid steer attachments for demolition. By being able to break through all kinds of materials from sidewalks to rocks to old foundations, it'll be optimal to use on your demolition site. The standard bucket attachment can also work, as can grapple buckets.

Another beneficial attachment for your rented skid steer is a sweeper attachment. Sweepers are essentially big brooms and dustpans that attach to your skid steer. This makes cleaning up and collecting loose materials or small debris much.

Common Demolition Tasks Performed By Skid Steers

Knowing how and when to use your skid steer on your job site can help increase productivity and efficiency. Some of the more common jobs for a skid steer on a demolition site include breaking down hard surfaces, cleaning up, and site preparation.

Debris Removal

Skid steers excel at debris removal not only because of the multiple attachments designed to help with it but also because of their superior steering system. Their ability to make tight turns and compact size provide the operator with more control. Having better control over heavy equipment gives a better chance to get into that hard-to-reach space.

The one downside of skid steers is that their power and lift capacity does get maxed out. This makes them better for removing smaller objects in confined spaces. You may be better with a wheel loader or backhoe for medium and large-scale demolition projects.

Increased Productivity

Having well-maintained equipment with versatile uses helps to increase productivity on your job site. Rather than having to worry about your equipment's longevity or if it's optimal for the task, renting through a marketplace, like DOZR, guarantees that you are getting equality equipment that is optimal for your job site.

If you're not sure if a skid steer is the best piece of equipment to increase productivity on your job site, then check out some of our equipment comparing articles:

Cost Savings

Depending on the site of the project, rather than having to rent multiple different machines and have them take up tons of space, renting a skid steer means you have the right equipment for multiple jobs on one site. Having a machine that has multiple uses on-site can increase utilization and help you save money in the long run.

Skid steer's versatility allows operators to use it from the start to prep the area to cleaning up once the project is done and anything in between. This helps in cutting down the cost while improving the productivity on site.

There will be more ways to cut costs and increase safety in the near future and this will be by using electric skid steers. More manufacturers are starting to make these specialized machines and they will be perfect for indoor projects like demolition. Learn more about the pro and cons of electric vs. diesel skid steers in our blog.

Safety Enhancements

Skid steers have numerous safety features that make them ideal for demolition settings. Some of which include their stability and easy operation. Working in a changing environment can create uneven surfaces, which can be unsafe without a stable machine.

Reduced noise pollution makes a demolition project safer as a result of reducing the chances of hearing loss. In addition to lowering the chance of accidents during demolition.

This guide provides a comprehensive overview of adaptability, attachments, and common uses for skid steers on demolition projects. From ensuring the safety of your job site to increasing productivity skid steers are one of the best pieces of equipment you can rent for your demolition site.

When looking to rent a skid steer for your next demolition project, check out DOZR Marketplace!

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Tim Forestell
Tim Forestell is one of DOZR’s co-founders and CCO. Tim got started in the industry as VP Operations for Forestell Landscaping before founding DOZR with Kevin and Erin. Aside from the amazing team at DOZR, his favourite thing about DOZR are the customers. Working with DOZR renters every day gives him a peek at the evolution of different projects and hearing stories about projects being developed from start to finish.
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