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How to Change Skid Steer Attachments

We’ve already talked about some of our favorite skid steer brands and must have attachments, but it’s also important to have a solid understanding of how your machine works – and that means knowing how to change your skid steer attachments in a flash. For instance, if you’re on a job site, it’s important to be able to interchange your skid steer attachments quickly, so you aren’t forced to derail your entire workday. Even though we’re fans of attachments that can do it all on a variety of job sites, it’s still important to know how to interchange your skid steer attachments, so you can get the job done right the first time. 

If you need help deciding the best way to change your skid steer attachments, we have a few tips that can help you get started.

First, Follow Skid Steer Safety


Whether you need to change out your brush mower, tree puller, grapple hook, or skid steer disc mulcher attachments, the most important thing is safety and location. Whether you have a full-sized skid steer or a mini skid steer, you have to remember those around you, before you begin.

Before you change out your skid steer loaders attachment, keep a few things in mind:

  • Find a flat surface prior to removal
  • Don’t let any rocks, or uneven surfaces, hinder your ability to swap attachments
  • Make sure you’re not around anyone – you don’t want to risk any accidents on the job


Once you have a clear pathway, you’re ready to begin.



Removing Your Skid Steer Attachment


Before you can remove your attachment, it’s important to know if you have a manual or quick attach skid steer system. A quick attachment system is on all newer skid steer models and can be operated from inside your skid steer. This saves you from having to manually detach anything and lets you operate your skid steer from within the cab at all times.

Once you’ve taken the proper safety precautions, you are ready to begin removing your current attachment. Whether you have a skid steer grapple, bucket, or forestry disc mulcher, the process is the same for every attachment. 

For a skid steer with a quick attach system:

  • Move to a spacious area
  • Check to make sure this is no debris in your current attachment
  • Hit the release button (located on the side panel of your skid steer) on your quick attachment
  • Reverse your skid steer so the mounting plate releases your attachment


The benefits of a quick attach system are that it allows you to interchange these heavy-duty attachments quickly, and all from one central location. You’ll be able to get back to work sooner, whereas a manual removal system might take more time.


For a skid steer that requires manual removal:

  • Exit the cabin
  • Clear off any debris you find on your attachment
  • Lift up the lock pins located on the outside of your current attachment
  • Once the pins are removed, go back in the cab, and tilt your skid steer so the mounting plate is free


Regardless of what kind of system you have, it’s important to make sure your attachment is clean and can be stored in a safe location, once it’s been removed.



Adding a New Attachment


Luckily, when it comes to adding a new attachment to your skid steer, the overall process is pretty straightforward for both manual and quick attach systems. You’ll want to angle your skid steer over its prospective device before getting started.

For a quick attach system:

  • Align your skid steer mounting plate to your attachment
  • Slowly let your mounting plate slide into the saddle of the attachment
  • Gently operate your skid steer so the arms slide into the attachment, laying flat against the mounting plate, and locks into place
  • Press the engagement button of your quick-attach system, so everything will lock back into place


For a manual system, you’ll have to manually attach your new device, and secure it into place with the lock pins. It’s important to still make sure that everything is aligned properly, do you don’t experience resistance between the skid steer, and your attachment.


Once all the proper precautions have been taken, and everything is secure, you’re ready to go back to work!

Whether you have a skid steer bucket, auger, or skid steer forestry mulcher, it’s important to know how each of these attachments operates. If you want to become more familiar with your machine, take a moment to read more about Understanding Skid Steer Brush Cutters, or download our free guide: Your Frequently Asked Skid Steer Questions.

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