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A skid steer is an exceptional heavy machine that has a wide variety of applications that renders the machine suitable for a range of industries. The common uses of a skid steer which include excavation, trenching or digging, landscaping and construction work is only the tip of the iceberg as a skid steer may be also used for clearing bushes, moving packed products about in warehouses, agricultural work or even demolition which is possible with the right type of hydraulic attachment.

Due to the fact that skid steers come in three categories (small, medium and large), choosing the right sized skid steer is crucial towards ensuring that the machine is used optimally.

Depending on the scope of work or tasks that a required to be managed, choosing the right sized skid steer is based on the ROC (Rated Operating Capacity) which is literally related to the lifting capacity of the machines, for instance most small framed skid steers of about 50HP are able to lift an approximate 800KGs and a medium framed skid steer of about 70HP is capable of lifting an approximate 1000KG and large framed skid steers (over 70 HP) are capable of lifting more than 1000KG.

The reason that these figures are important is attributed to the cost of hiring these machines, hiring the wrong sized excavators could mean the difference between paying more for less or paying too much for too little when contractors take a skid steer for hire from a construction equipment rental company.

Another factor that is critical towards optimal use of a skid steer taken for hire is the hydraulic attachments that are required for the skid steer to perform the jobs it is subjected to. For example for landscaping projects tools such as ground compactors, augers to drill fence posts, tillers, stump grinders and landscape rakes are just some of the additional attachments that may be required for the job.

Therefore it is important to plan the project thoroughly before taking the skid steer for hire as the construction equipment rental enterprises charge at a daily rate and therefore it is important to get the most out of the skid steer each day. It would be wise to identify all the additional tools or hydraulic attachments that are required before hiring and also to make sure that they are available from the construction machinery rental company.

There are instances where after a skid steer is hired and on the 2nd or 3rd day when a particular attachment is needed, the rental company does not have it, this would render the skid steer unusable for a period of time while it still carries cost for the project.

In summary, in order to optimise skid steer rentals, plan the project, determine the size of the skid steer required for the project, identify the hydraulic attachments required and mark out the days that these particular attachments are required and present the schedule to the rental company.

This way the rental company will be held accountable for any delays in equipment procurement that impacts the project.

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