fork lift vs skid steer

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by SouthernRoots_Lawn&Garden, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. SouthernRoots_Lawn&Garden

    SouthernRoots_Lawn&Garden LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    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.
  2. bushinspector

    bushinspector LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    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.
  3. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Messages: 1,416

    if i remember correctly the forklift will lift higher, the skid will only lift so high...
  4. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    correct and lift more than a skid.
  5. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    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
  6. SouthernRoots_Lawn&Garden

    SouthernRoots_Lawn&Garden LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    yeah i forgot to mention to mention it would be used at job sites unloading sod or possibly even brush after cleanups
  7. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    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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