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Old 02-21-2011, 10:21 PM
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fork lift vs skid steer

just looking for some pro's con's on each. as far as a fork lift goes lets say its an artictulating wheel loader. also with the skid steers tracks vs tires.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:37 PM
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It all depends on what you are going to use it for. Each machine has its place. It makes a difference on what type of surface it will be running on.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:53 AM
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if i remember correctly the forklift will lift higher, the skid will only lift so high...
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:22 PM
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if i remember correctly the forklift will lift higher, the skid will only lift so high...
correct and lift more than a skid.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:52 PM
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lift hight is correct but what kind of surface is this running on and what will it be used for are huge factors.

Are you talking about for doing installs unloading trucks and moving pallets of brick and sod on a job site?

are you talking about using it in a garden center setting, using it to move around stock and loading pallets into customers pickups?

A fork lift is much better for loading trucks as it is alot smoother and allows for more accurate adjustments to line up straight. A skid tends to be a little bit more "bouncy" hising the chances of damaging a truck when loading, but will work great on the job site. A skid tends to be alot more versitile, you can use many of the same attachments on a skid as on an articulating loader, but the skid is more compact allowing it to fit in tighter spaces such as an existing landscape
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:57 PM
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yeah i forgot to mention to mention it would be used at job sites unloading sod or possibly even brush after cleanups
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:16 PM
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I would go with a skid, sod is going to be running around 2,600-2,800 lbs per pallet, so make sure the skid can lift that easily. Also remember that as you lift the weight limits of he skid is reduced. So be sure the machine can easily lift that weight at the jeights you need, such as from the back of the truck or off of your suppliers flat bed
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