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Protecting your Skid Steer at the Job Site

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by SouthernYankee, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. SouthernYankee

    SouthernYankee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 789

    I work solo, so if I have to leave a job site while I am doing work to get material, dump a load of brush etc, I will have to leave my machine and trailer where I am working. The area of Houston that I am working in isnt a bad section at all, but I am always careful in regards to my equipment which I have spent a lot of money on.

    If you were in my situation, how would you secure your machine and trailer? I dont plan on leaving this equipment on the jobsite over night, just while I am off doing errands. Thoughts??
  2. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    You never leave your machine over night??

    Basically if someone wants your machine they are going to steal it. Best protection is insurance. I pay like 350 a year for full coverage on my 06 cat 246.

  3. Lawnsmithcare

    Lawnsmithcare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 264

    You can put a GPS unit on them as well to track them at all times.
  4. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    A hidden fuel cut of switch????

    As said above, insurance is great.

    Never leave the machine on the trailer (thats just begging to be stolen)

    Park the equipment and trailer in a strategic fashion and lock everthing.
  5. G.L. In Ont

    G.L. In Ont LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    Take the key (hopefully you figured that out already) and get the Boomerang just in case. Also put the bucket down and have the front wheels lifted up off the ground.
  6. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    Lock the cab door and close the windows... may be a moot point since a key will open the door and start the engine, but I've been able to get inside a machine due to negligence on these two factors.
  7. coney12

    coney12 Banned
    from mars
    Messages: 13

    What I like to do is, back the loader up to the wall,so you cannot access it from the engine compartment. Also, i usually have it parked in the front of the house by a window.That way,the thief might feel as if someone is watching it.
  8. sunray

    sunray LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    Exellent idea coney12,I always back mine up against a tree and lock it.I have the key pad and I don't want anything to happen to it, but at least they can't mess with the engine.
  9. dozerman21

    dozerman21 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    If you can, try to park under a street light as well. I would unload your skid and put the bucket on top of the trailer at the hitch so it would be harder to steal either one. Definetly lock the engine door. I take my equipment home every night, but I've had to leave them a few times. I'm always more worried about vandalism or kids screwing with something than I am having it stolen. Definetly have insurance.
  10. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    The guys with Ex's around here curl the bucket around the hitch of the trailer.

    All of our machines have hidden kill switches.

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