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Top Five Things to Inspect on a Skid-Steer

Posted by Neil Simons on 6/20/17 12:44 PM
Neil Simons

16665115_1830950450504329_3394603616103881747_o.jpgRunning equipment can be expensive. Keep your costs down, increase productivity and profit, and extend the longevity of your equipment by following a few steps.

Keep Equipment Clean

  • Clean branches, grass, and mulch off of the deck surface daily. This makes it easier to identify hydraulic leaks and prevents rust by allowing moisture to evaporate.
  • Clean debris from the pivot points of the loader arms. Material allowed to pack in these pivot points will stress the pins and wear bushings faster.
  • Clean dust and debris from the skid-steer radiator, coolers, and filters. A free breathing machine will perform better, be less likely to overheat, and reduce the chance of engine fire.
  • Clean windows to improve visibility.

Change Fluids

  • A Diamond mulcher requires an oil change once a year or every 500 hours
  • Engine and hydraulic oil should be changed according to their manufacturer's schedule – most often every 100 to 500 hours.


  • Diamond Skid-Steer Rotary Mowers and Forestry Mulchers with greaseable spindles require 10 pumps of #2 lithium grease in each of the two grease fittings every 500 hours or once a year.
  • The skid-steer carrier will have grease fittings on all of the pivot points of the loader arms in addition to other places. See the operator's manual for specifics on a particular model.

Keep Blades & Teeth Sharp

  • Forestry Mulcher teeth cut most efficiently when they are sharp. Stay productive by following a tooth maintenance plan that includes sharpening, rotating, and replacement.
  • Rotary Mower blades can get cracked, dull, and worn over time. Diamond does not recommend sharpening rotary blades because it can alter the balance of the disc. Replace blades as a complete set after they've become 50% worn from original width.

Daily Inspection

  • A thorough, daily inspection of the skid-steer and attachment will help identify problems before they become catastrophic.
  • Check for hydraulic leaks, cracks and bends, loose or missing bolts, and track/tire condition.

For more answers to common maintenance questions visit Tech Tips.

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Topics: Skid-Steer, Maintenance, Forestry

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