How much does a Skid Steer Weigh?

Skid steers are one of the most versatile pieces of construction equipment on the market. They can be used for various tasks, from excavating to loading and hauling. But one question we get a lot here at Bobcat is, “How much does a skid steer weigh?” 

So what’s the weight?

It’s a good question; unfortunately, there’s no easy answer. The weight of a skid steer can vary depending on several factors. This includes the machine’s make and model and the attachments being used. Most skid steers weigh between 2,000 and 4,000 pounds (907 to 1,814 kg). However, some models can weigh as much as 6,000 pounds (2,722 kg).

For example, the Bobcat S650 skid steer has a standard operating weight (SOW) of 2,690 pounds and a ROC of 8,165 pounds (more on the ROC shortly). But when you add in the weight of an attachment—let’s say a bucket—the total weight of the machine will increase. 

You’ll need to consult your operator’s manual to get a more accurate estimate of how much your skid steer will weigh with an attachment. Sometimes the machine will have the gross weight (operating weight + attachment) listed in the specs on a label affixed to the machine. 

If you can’t find the weight information in your operator’s manual or the machine itself, your best bet is to contact the manufacturer directly. They’ll be able to give you the most accurate estimate of how much your skid steer will weigh with an attachment.

Want the exact weight? Get it weighed!

If determining the weight is extremely important, you can always take your skid steer to a local truck stop, or other weigh station to get an accurate measurement. Be sure to weigh the machine with the attachment and without to get two different weights. 

This typically costs around $10-15. However, it’s a small price to get an exact measurement of how much your skid steer weighs.

Commercial Truck Scale
Commercial trucking scales such as this one can provide you with an accurate weight of your skid steer loader.

Lift capacity and weight are different.

One thing to keep in mind is that your skid steer’s weight differs from its lift capacity. The lift capacity is how much weight the machine can safely lift and manipulate. 

For example, the Bobcat S650 has a rated operating capacity (ROC) of 8,165 pounds. This means that it can safely lift nearly 8,200 pounds without tipping over. Of course, this is under the right conditions. You can still tip over a skid steer if you need to be more careful. Safety first!

Knowing the difference between these two weights is essential because they will affect how you use your skid steer. If you’re trying to lift more weight than the machine is rated for, you could damage the machine or injure yourself.

Don’t wait, get the weight!

The weight is one of the most critical factors in determining which skid steer is right for you.

When figuring out the weight of a skid steer, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, the make and model of your machine will play a role in determining its weight. And secondly, any attachments that you’re using will also add to the total weight. 

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