Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Skid steer

I charged out of bed this morning.
Common Mullein, a semi-invasive trashy weed. Have to dig them up before they set seed. Sigh.

For some values of charged.
Dryland corn, planted into chemtill stubble. I don't think this corn will make a crop this year.

I really wasn't feeling all that hot, so maybe I'm not exactly mended yet.
I could be wrong though.

I did have something I wanted to do though, so I charged as best I could.

As I cinched up my belt, the damme belt buckle broke. "Ah," said I, "it's gonna be one of those days."

I can't get by without a belt, what with all the guns and magazines and pliers that I hang from said belt. But I didn't have a spare, and it would be hours before the stores opened.

But wait! I did have a new rigger's belt. It took some fiddling and adjusting but I finally got the new belt sorted and got to work.

I wanted to take some pics and video of drilling post holes with the skid steer. It occurred to me that not everyone in the world knows about skid steers and fence and such like.

So anyway, according to whackophilia:

A skid loader, skid-steer loader, or skidsteer, is a small, rigid-frame, engine-powered machine with lift arms used to attach a wide variety of labor-saving tools or attachments.
Skid-steer loaders are typically four-wheel vehicles with the wheels mechanically locked in synchronization on each side, and where the left-side drive wheels can be driven independently of the right-side drive wheels. The wheels typically have no separate steering mechanism and hold a fixed straight alignment on the body of the machine. By operating the left and right wheel pairs at different speeds, the machine turns by skidding, or dragging its fixed-orientation wheels across the ground. The extremely rigid frame and strong wheel bearings prevent the torsional forces caused by this dragging motion from damaging the machine. Skid-steer loaders are capable of zero-radius, "pirouette" turning, which makes them extremely maneuverable and valuable for applications that require a compact, agile loader. 

Some calls 'em Bobcats (a brand name), some calls 'em skid loaders,  some calls 'em skidsters, but I calls 'em skid steers.

A skid steer is a very handy tool to have around the ranch. With the forklift attachment you can lift and carry a lot of heavy stuff. Palatalized stuff like feed and mineral and rolls of wire. Bundles (or piles) of fence posts. The forks are great for lifting and moving hay and straw bales too -- at least the big round ones.

There are other attachments too, like a snow plow, a loader bucket, a trencher, a tree spade, etc.

There's also the post hole digger. It's just a big hydraulic motor that bolts onto the side of the loader bucket. You can bolt different sized augers onto the shaft to make holes of different depth and diameter. The hydraulic motor plugs right into the skid steer's hydraulic system and there's a thumb switch on the right steering arm to set the auger turning.

This is an invaluable tool when you have several-to-many posts to set. And that's just what I have, several-to-many.

So I went out and filmed myself digging post holes.

At the moment thew words aren't exactly flowing, so let the movin' pictures begin!

Really hot here today, got all the way up to 91. I am reliably informed that it's been much hotter everywhere else in the country, making Kimball the coldest part of the nation. In that sense I'm glad I'm here and not there.


  1. Yes, I would be pleased to see 91 degree air temp.
    As it is, the water temp in the pool is 91 degrees.
    There is no heater.

  2. Little Rhody was a balmy 80 degrees with a lovely sea breeze. Felt very Sandy Eggo-ish.

    Man, I'm tired from watching you work!

    1. Friends and family in Sandy Eggo tell me that since we've left, it feels very Arizona-ish there. Dodged a bullet I think.

      I go to a lot of effort to make people think I work harder than I do!

  3. It was nowhere near 91 degrees here today. However, the weather guessers are saying that it will get warm( high 80s to low 90s ) for a few days towards the week-end. Keep well hydrated, my friend.

    Paul L. Quandt

    1. Thanks Paul. We're supposed to cool off nicely beginning tomorrow.

  4. Good caber toss practice there!

    109 here today. Got a slow start this morning and was outside painting the house (I like to paint by the way) and realized the paint was drying in the pail faster than I could get it on the siding...

    1. I have a lot of appreciation for those caber tossers!

      Your chore puts "watching the paint dry" in a different perspective.

  5. Put the Bobcat to use on some hillsides, and make a few HA-HAs. so you will look more manorial.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ha-ha

    1. Looks like a lot of work. I think I'll go with the natural ha-has.

  6. If being fat comes in handy, I ought to be able to set about 90 poles a day. If I had a hat, it would be off to you.

    1. Thanks! I try to do my part to keep the surface of the planet from floating away.

  7. In my youth dug hundreds of post holes with a hand digger. What a blessing that skidster attachment is.

    1. I still use the ol' Armstrong PHD from time to time, along with the digging bar and spade. Usually only in places I can't get the skid steer to, or where there's only one or two holes to dig. That kind of experience makes using machinery a joy.