Today’s rental landscape jobs have many rental operators turning to compact mini skid-steer machines versus larger trenchers or track loaders. The reason behind the shift: On many landscape jobs, rental operators need to get on and off their machine multiple times throughout the day. The ease of simply hopping on and off the operator’s platform of a mini skid-steer is much easier than climbing in and out of the cab of a larger machine. Additionally, the compact machines fit through standard yard gates and make it easier to maneuver in small, residential spaces where many rental jobs are found today.
And what’s more, the construction industry continues to see a shortage of skilled operators. Today, rental operators are challenged to do more with less — they need reliable equipment that gets the job done faster and easier. Due to this trend, operators turn to mini skid-steers for their versatility. The units offer a variety of attachments to help perform different tasks. Operators can now have one dedicated machine for multiple jobs. For instance, operators can take one machine on a job and do trenching work, attach a bucket to remove dirt, and also restore the ground with a box rake attachment. These machines also direct maximum power to the attachment, further improving productivity.