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Faster, better, and safer. Five awesome mini skid steer attachments
It turns out that humans aren’t capable of multitasking. We think we are, but we just end up doing two or more things less efficiently. Multitasking is best left to computers. The good news is that humans do excel at being multifunctional. Just give us the right tools.
The Sherpa battery-powered mini skid steer stands out as an example. Equipped with the right attachment, this compact, and the environmentally-friendly machine can perform a wide range of jobs that make construction, remodeling, and renovation easier and safer.
The Sherpa mini skid steer operates the way you would expect a piece of equipment like this to perform – but don’t look for a traditional internal combustion engine. In its place are a two-horsepower battery-powered motor and a 360-amp battery back that runs the Sherpa for up to eight hours.
Mini skids are valued for their usefulness in small and confined spaces. The Sherpa series of mini skid steers give you the option of stand-in operation or remote control. This versatile workhorse has five main attachments to extend value and functionality.
The first skid steer was created in the late 1950s to help a Minnesota turkey farmer who was looking for a way to scoop up turkey manure in his two-story barns. Over time, its lightweight and highly-maneuverable features have made a mini skid steer equipped with a bucket attachment useful for any situation where there’s debris to be collected or material to be transported.
Interior demolition clean-up is quicker and easier with a Sherpa because of its compact footprint, and the quiet and pollution-free operation. The bucket attachment has a 15-inch height and comes in three width options.
Mulch – or even turkey manure – behaves differently than, say, segments of cut concrete that have been demoed and ready for disposal. You can pick it up with a mini skid steer’s bucket attachment, but a general weight of 150 pounds per cubic foot means you’ve lifted something that could be dangerous if the weight shifts during transport.
That’s where the Sherpa’s grapple attachment comes in. It offers unmatched safety and stability when moving large, bulky construction material. Grab ahold of that material and don’t let go until you’re ready to drop it in the dumpster.
Turn your Sherpa into a forklift with this useful attachment. Contractors pair the fork attachment with a wooden pallet, turning it into a platform perfect for transporting multiple bags or buckets of concrete to the working area in a single trip. It’s also an easy way to stack and move tools, scaffolding or other stackable items.
This versatile attachment helps your construction crew take the strain off their backs by lifting and transporting material where it needs to go.
The Sherpa is lightweight – meaning that it can be transported in standard elevators when needed – but there’s nothing lightweight in its capacity. The hydraulic hammer attachment has an impressive impact energy capacity of 350 foot-pounds. Compare that to current electric pavement breakers that do the job with foot-pound capacities ranging only in the 40s.
Adaptive reuse has made equipment like the Sherpa extremely useful because it can be used for precise demolition of interiors. The EHD model is fully computer controlled and has a turning radius of only 48 inches.
The attachment that often garners the most interest by those just becoming aware of the battery-powered Sherpa is the vacuum. Imagine being able to pick up a full 4-by-8 sheet of ¾-inch marine plywood, rotate it into a vertical position, and then place it precisely where it needs to be fastened to framing – hands-free. Sherpa’s vacuum attachment gives you this ability.
The vacuum plate attachment is powerful enough to pick up and safely transport 700-pound sections of concrete flooring that have been demoed with concrete saws. Landscapers can use it to help with removal of old concrete sidewalk segments, or even use it to place pavement blocks.
If these five awesome ways to extend the usefulness of your Sherpa aren’t enough, check out the list of additional attachments here, at the bottom of the page.