Can you imagine having to limit the job site tools you need because of availability?
Nowadays, you don’t have to wait for a tool to be available, they’re everywhere you look.
When you’re trying to match a tool to a job, there are some things you need to keep in mind.
There are different types of loaders out there.
Let’s break it down, shall we?
What kind of loader is this? Simple.
It’s a loader that is closely related to the skid-steer.
Keep in mind these loaders use all four of their wheels to steer, so they’re perfect for jobs that need a little versatility.
This type of loader offers low ground pressure.
It’s a helpful loader to get through those hard road conditions (or where there may not even be a road).
For simplicity reasons, this loader is simple and does what the name says it does.
The great part of a skid steer loader is the cab often adds new levels of comfort. Imagine heat and air conditioning while you finish an outside job.
Don’t let the name scare you because this mini loader can do a lot that other loaders cannot do.
Because it’s a “mini” loader, it can go almost anywhere you need it to go.
Know what kind of work conditions you’re dealing with.
- The type of compact loader you will choose depends on what kind of conditions you’ll be working under.
If it boils down to a paved surface, skid-steer and all-wheel-steer loaders are going to be your best choice.
This is because these types of loaders do well on paved surfaces.
- When you need something dug and loaded, you’ll want to consider the other loaders available.
For the wet and muddy situations, compact truck loaders are your best bet.
Know what your lifting and digging needs boil down to.
The type of compact loader you choose will also boil down to what kind of lifting and digging needs you have.
Your loader will either have a radius lift path or a vertical lift path.
When choosing a compact loader with a vertical lift path, the loader has the potential to easily clear anything you need done at a full height.
When looking at a radius lift path compact loader, you are going to find these trucks are great for jobs where the working height is at lower or middle height ranges.
Owning a compact loader versus renting one
When it comes to owning a compact loader versus renting, it boils down to how often you use it.
If you’re only going to use it once, it makes more sense to rent it.
However, if you’re going to be using it more often, you will get a return of investment much quicker!