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How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Skid Steer Loader?

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Skid steers are some of the most versatile pieces of heavy machinery. They’re compact, easy to maneuver, and they can be outfitted with dozens of attachments to perform almost every task imaginable, from digging trenches to plowing snow.

Maybe you’re sold on the merits of a skid steer, but unsure of how to pay for one. Renting a skid steer is a great option when you don’t have tens of thousands to shell out at once. It is also a great option if your equipment needs are short term.

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About Skid Steers

Skid steers are relatively small machines with lift arms that can be fitted with dozens and dozens of attachments. The machines get their name from the way they turn - the wheels on one side remain stationary while the wheels on the other side “skid” to one side or another.

When choosing a skid steer loader, the most important considerations are size, operating capacity and lift height.

  • Size: Skid steers are usually 3-6 feet wide and 6-7 feet tall. Before you decide on a model, make sure it fits through garage doors, gates or other small spaces you might encounter.
  • Operating capacity ranges from about 1,300 pounds to more than 3,000. The most common sizes are 1,750-2,200 pounds.
  • Lift height typically ranges from 8-12 feet.
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Skid Steer Prices

Rental prices vary based on the size and type of skid steer, the brand and your geographic location. Operating capacity and horsepower have the biggest impact on price.

  • A skid steer with less than 20 horsepower (hp) and an operating capacity between 250 and 750 pounds might rent for $150-$200 per day, $450-$550 per week and $1,000 to $1,250 per month.
  • A model with 36-45 hp and 1,501-1,750 pounds of operating capacity would likely go for $250-$300 per day, $600-700 per week or $1,300-$1,500 per month.
  • An even larger and more powerful model with 46-55 hp and an operating capacity of 1,751-2,750 pounds would rent for around $260-$310 per day, $625-$725 per week and $1,550-$1,750 per month.

As you can see, it’s always a good idea to rent for the longest period of time that seems reasonable. Renting a skid steer by the week for three weeks is actually more expensive than just renting for a month.

Aside from the rental price, be sure to budget extra for pickup and delivery, fuel and any operator training your employees may need.

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