Skid loaders have been around and in use since the late 1950s. However, they have come a long way since the original 3-wheel design with an unreliable belt drive system. Today, skid loaders are used in many applications to eliminate the heavy, manual labor of digging, trenching, and moving dirt around the jobsite and farm.
According to Gregg Zupancic, Product Marketing Manager of skid steers and compact track loaders for John Deere Construction & Forestry, approximately 35,000 – 40,000 skid loaders were to be sold in 2015.
How are Skid Steer Accessories Used?
Skid steer accessories are used on skid loaders manufactured by various companies such as Caterpillar, Bobcat, Case New Holland, Gehl, Volvo, John Deere®, Kubota and many others.
The hydraulic connections used on these types of equipment include flat face quick couplers, which are used to prevent spillage of hydraulic fluids. The flush, flat sealed face is easy to clean, and keeps damaging, foreign materials out of your hydraulic system. There are several different types and sizes of connections which require adapters to make the connections fit a broad range of equipment.
When a skid steer attachment is connected to the skid loader, the hydraulic lines and electronics needed to enable operation of the attachment must be connected to allow operator control.
Who Uses Skid Steer?
This type of equipment is used in a variety of industries, such as construction, utility, and agriculture. Our customer base caters primarily to the agriculture industry, but it is very likely these retailers and distributors sell to contractor and utility customers as well.
How Often are Skid Steer Components Purchased?
On occasion, skid steer couplers and adapters can wear out or break. Hoses can also become damaged or wear out due to use and weather exposure. Typically, skid steer connectors would be purchased when a replacement is needed.
In a lot of cases this would be considered an emergency repair, since these components are critical to the use of skid steer attachments. When equipment is down work stops, and as we all know, time is money on the jobsite or on the farm. Therefore, having a selection of skid steer quick couplers and adapters in stock would be a beneficial addition to any in-store hydraulic display.
Apache Skid Steer Components
What makes Apache’s skid steer adapters and couplers superior to the competition? Apache offers 1/2" body flat face couplers, and 1/2" body male plugs, both with female pipe threads that fit the various manufacturer’s equipment. Rather than buy multiple, expensive flat face quick couplers with different threads, Apache has developed a better solution — saving distributors’ inventory dollars — by providing four adapters that convert basic IPT threaded couplers to the most popular thread configurations used by skid steer manufacturers.
Apache skid steer quick couplers and adapters meet the pressure requirements needed for today’s skid loaders and attachments. They are available for retail and e-commerce selling, as well as industrial distributors.