Choosing the Right Heavy Equipment
Posted by: Erika Green on March 17, 2017
So, you’ve mapped out a landscaping project to transform your outdoor space into the cover of Better Homes and Gardens. You know shovels are no match for this project but aren’t sure what type of skid steer you should rent to get this project done. How do you choose? Here’s a breakdown of your options and how to choose the best one for your project.
Mini Skid Steer
If the worksite is smaller in size, with more complex angles, a mini skid steer like the Toro Dingo is a great choice. This equipment can more easily navigate the worksite and its compact size is great in tight spaces but sizable enough to move soil and shrubbery around easily.
The skid steer, a larger version of the mini with similar functionality, is one of the most versatile pieces of heavy equipment. Due to its size and adaptability, it can be used by Pros for commercial projects but can also support a DIYers large worksite. If you have to move sod to create a new lawn, stalls for a mill or asphalt for a driveway, a skid steer like the ones from Terex are the right choice.
Tracked versus Wheeled Skid Steer
On top of deciding the best size skid steer to use for your project, you also have to consider site conditions including terrain, slope and ground stability. These factors will determine whether your skid steer should be tracked or wheeled, an important distinction when working on a project.
Because of their durability, wheeled skid steers are popular for heavy-duty ventures like demolition and professional projects. We’d recommend a wheeled skid steer for projects that are surface-based (rather than tearing up the ground.)
On the other hand, a tracked skid steer allows you to glide above the ground that allows for speedier progress. Again, site condition is a key consideration but if your worksite is sandy or muddy, a tracked skid steer is a safe option. You’ll get good traction and it’s more maneuverable across the worksite.
When choosing equipment it’s always good to get a second opinion. Call The Home Depot Rental at 1-888-266-7228 to make sure you’re renting the right stuff and check out locations near you!