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Tips for Operating a Skid Steer

Oct 29, 2019

A skid steer is a versatile piece of machinery used in many types of applications, including landscaping and construction. But this heavy equipment can also be dangerous when used improperly. Below are a few tips that will help you stay safe when operating one on your next project.

How to Use a Skid Steer

1. Learn the Controls

It’s essential to learn the joystick controls and foot pedals so you can drive and operate all the attachments on the heavy equipment. The left foot pedal is responsible for lowering and raising the boom arm, while the right foot pedal controls the curling and dumping of the bucket. The arm controls will steer the tracks or tires of the skid steer. 

2. Get In & Out Properly

heavy machineryLearning how to get in and out of the skid steer is critical to your safety. Use a three-step method; climb in or out with one hand and two feet or one foot and two hands. There are steps and handles in the cab that you can hold when entering and exiting. 

3. Avoid Overloading the Bucket

Overloading the bucket can be dangerous and cause damage to the machinery. Transport smaller amounts using the heavy equipment, as the dirt and construction materials may be heavier than you anticipate. Always shake the bucket after dumping to ensure that there’s no excess material sticking to the bottom.


If you need a skid steer for an upcoming residential or commercial project, head over to Gene & Matt Tractor Sales in Winder, GA. Their showroom features a vast inventory of loaders, RTVs, tractors, skid steers, and other heavy equipment. The sales staff will be more than happy to help you find the right machine for your needs. You can also count on their technicians for high-quality maintenance, repair, and replacement parts. Call (770) 867-3179 today to schedule a service appointment or visit them online to view the selection of industry-leading heavy equipment. 

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