Mini Skid Steers: Built for Jobsite Versatility

By Chris Thompson, Ditch Witch Product Manager of Compact Equipment

The skid steer loader concept, introduced in the 1950s for working on farms, has evolved into a versatile, multipurpose piece of equipment that is a common sight on landscape, hardscape and irrigation jobsites. Today, mini skid steer machines are commonly used to move and load soil, gravel and other materials but, with interchangeable attachments, can also handle a variety of construction tasks including trenching, plowing, backfilling, making short bores, and site restoration.

Typically, most users of these machines equip them with one of several loader bucket options and attachments to meet their specific needs. For example, a Minnesota utility contractor has multiple uses for his mini skid steer using a variety of attachments. The machine’s small footprint allows the company to work in backyards, on narrow easements, inside buildings and other areas where larger, dedicated machines can’t go. Each of their units has its own trailer and basic attachments, always ready for any job.

A Texas contractor describes his mini skid steer as one of the keys to successfully launching his landscaping business. On typical jobs, the rugged machine is used for site preparation, including light grading, moving material around jobsites, digging fence and post holes, and trenching for installation of pipe for irrigation systems.

A New Jersey firm that installs septic tanks uses the machine for ground restoration, stockpiling fill dirt and to regrade areas disturbed during septic work using a rake attachment. The company’s owner said the rake provides near perfect restoration without the need to purchase screened topsoil and eliminates hand raking, which greatly reduces time and frees workers for other tasks.

As you can see, more and more equipment buyers are recognizing the value of the mini skid steer with multiple attachments that enable one machine to do several jobs. The latest additions to the Ditch Witch mini skid steer fleet, the SK600 and SK1050, incorporate a number of improvements that add to the productivity and versatility of these machines. New improvements include boosted power, eased maintenance and enhanced operator comfortability, generated from direct customer input.

For more information on the Ditch Witch family of mini skid steers, visit https://www.ditchwitch.com/mini-skid-steer.

HYDRAULIC BREAKER
Used for construction and demolition, our breakers can be used to break up asphalt, concrete or even clay. The hydraulic hammer is perfect for any small or medium job you might have. More up-time in the field is always the goal, and with only two moving parts and a few seals, there’s no reason for down-time.
Compatible Models

SK600, SK800, SK900, SK1050, SK1550, SK1750

ROCK SAW

Best suited for irrigation and fiber installation, the Rock Saw attachment can effortlessly cut through rock, concrete, and other tough materials with unmatched precision. 

Compatible Models

SK1050, SK1550, SK1750

BACKHOE
Easily move materials for rebuilds, new construction, footings, utility repairs and more with this compact and versatile attachment.
Compatible Models

SK800, SK900, SK1050, SK1550, SK1750

STUMP GRINDERS
Featuring a heavy-duty boom design, powerful stump grinding attachments quickly shred stumps down to nothing. Easy maneuvering from stump to stump and increased visibility turns more ground stumps into more profit.
Compatible Models

SK600, SK800, SK900, SK1050, SK1550, SK1750, SK3000

MULTITASK TOOL
Your multipurpose tool for the ultimate multi-tasker is here. Engineered to grab tight to heavy materials and move them with ease and precision, the multi-task tool is your go-to for heavy applications. Easy to operate with convenient, functional levers.
Compatible Models

SK600, SK800, SK900, SK1050, SK1550, SK1750

CORE DRILL
With the MC-450 coring attachment, utility maintenance is simple and less disruptive. Featuring intuitive controls and an integrated water tank, the MC-450 is the perfect choice for quick cuts and a more productive coring process. A fully adjustable 0 to 280 rpm speed allows for enhanced control and greater productivity.
Compatible Models

SK1050, SK1550, SK1750