Only a bucket is rarely used by a skid steer operator. A skid steer’s auxiliary hydraulic capabilities are one of the elements that make it incredibly adaptable, and knowing what output you’ll need is crucial when specifying a machine. When it comes to power, how much is too much, and how much does your attachment require? In this post, we’ll look at some of the most typical hydraulic systems and how they work with Bobcat attachments, commonly known as bobcat skid steer attachments. Working with nothing more than a bucket and pallet forks? It’s no problem. Snowplows and wood chippers on the move? You’ll require a greater flow.
The Decision is Influenced by the Attachments
The hydraulic flow that powers the skid steer’s attachments is provided by the auxiliary hydraulic system. It’s important to understand that not all attachments demand the same amount of hydraulic flow.
The standard-flow auxiliary hydraulics package is the most prevalent system. The flow rate of a standard-flow system runs from 17 to 24 gallons per minute, depending on the manufacturer and skid steer type (GPM). Standard-flow auxiliary hydraulics come standard on all skid steers and work at the same pressure as the machine’s primary hydraulics, which is between 3,000 and 3,500 pounds per square inch (psi). Many of the most common hydraulic attachments, such as 4-in-1 buckets, hydraulic hammers, augers, trenchers, and grapples, are powered by a standard-flow system.
Appreciating the Needs and Limitations of Attachments
It’s a frequent misperception that a standard-flow system can handle high-flow accessories just fine. Using a standard-flow skid steer to power high-flow attachments will result in inefficient operation. It can harm the attachment or skid steer, as well as produce less-than-expected results. If your bobcat attachments only require ordinary hydraulic flow, there’s no need to spend extra money on a high- or enhanced-flow system.
Maintenance is Universal
Auxiliary hydraulic systems require virtually universal maintenance. Maintaining the right hydraulic fluid level, as described in the owner’s handbook, is critical for any hydraulically operated machine. Check the level with the loader arms in the down position to guarantee safety. This also assures that the reading is correct. When the loader arms are raised, fluid is drawn from the hydraulic fluid tank, providing the misleading impression that fluid is low.
Putting it to Work for the Company
Contractors frequently make the mistake of purchasing a skid steer with insufficient hydraulic power. It is preferable to have a high flow and not require it to not have a high flow and need it. Consider the high-flow system if you’re thinking about extending your business, such as a landscaper who wants to branch out into snow removal. With hundreds of bobcat attachments available and more being launched every year, it’s safe to say that skid steers’ adaptability will only increase.
Skid steer owners may take advantage of all the machines have to offer by equipping them with the correct auxiliary hydraulic systems, achieving a good return on investment and, as a result, adding to their bottom line.
These are some pointers regarding the hydraulic capabilities of bobcat attachments.