A scrape blade is typically used on a skid steer to remove a relatively light form of debris like snowfall from pavement or another flat surface.
Those operating a skid steer with a scrape blade need to accustom themselves first to the width of this attachment. A scrape blade will generally extend out past the tires on either side.
Properly operating a scrape blade on a skid steer requires operators to avoid the following five common mistakes:
Not using the offset feature when appropriate
The offset feature of a skid steer scrape blade allows the blade to be positioned off center to either side. This is a very useful feature when the scrape blade is removing a load from a surface that the tires of the skid steer will have trouble driving through.
The offset feature is especially useful when the load being cleared off of a flat surface is located alongside a roadway rather than right on top of the roadway itself.
Not having a good idea of the weight of the load you're lifting
Before operating a skid steer with a scrape blade attachment, it's important to understand how much the load weighs. A scrape blade's large surface area can put a lot of weight in front of the vehicle that the vehicle must have the power to push through.
Loads frequently cleared away by scrape blades like snowfall often have surprisingly heavy weights. If the load is too heavy for your equipment, you could risk causing damage to both your skid steer and blade attachment.
Failing to effectively slant the blade at an angle
When moving debris off to one side, operators should always be angling the blade so that snow or whatever load is being cleared away will move off to the side in a windrow.
When the blade is held straight as the skid steer operates, a much greater amount of power is required to move forward. This will hamper the skid steer's performance and make the operator's job harder than it has to be.
Attempting to work too fast
It's especially important to avoid working too fast when using a skid steer to remove snow. Snow obviously compromises the safety of roadways, and inappropriately fast speeds make the scrape blade less effective at removing precipitation effectively.
Being unaccustomed to proper scrape blade positioning for optimal load removal
Scrape blades can typically be angled all the way around in a half circle. They can also be used in either forward or reverse.
Though it may seem simple, expert operation of a scrape blade takes practice and is a special skill. Scrape blade operation typically requires the operator to be comfortable operating the skid steer in reverse with precision to quickly get to hard-to-reach places.
For more information, contact Washburn Company or a similar organization.