A 324G skid steer transporting dirt on a grassy field with trees in the background.
Winter 2022

All About John Deere Skid Steers and Attachments

Small, Mighty, Multipurpose.

They’re strong. They’re versatile. They’re easy to maneuver. It’s no wonder John Deere Skid Steers have become so popular in construction applications. What exactly are they good for — and which one is best for you? Your John Deere team is here with the answers.

From highways and farms to construction sites and even backyards, it seems like skid steers are everywhere. They’re little machines with big possibilities, compact and incredibly useful for so many tasks. Let’s take a closer look.

What is a skid steer?

These vehicles sometimes go by multiple names including skid steer loaders or compact track loaders, depending on the features of the vehicle. They’re a relatively small type of heavy construction equipment with hydraulic lifting arms on each side. One of the things that makes this piece of equipment so useful in construction is its versatility. This comes largely from the different attachments that can expand a skid steer’s functionality. More on that later.

John Deere 330G Skid Steer with bale spears attachment lifting a hay bale in a snowy field.

John Deere 330G skid steer with bale spears attachment in a snowy field.

How do skid steers operate?

Skid steers can have two tracks (track loaders) or four wheels (wheel loaders). The term “skid” comes from their ability to turn on a dime or “skid” around corners. Yet a skid steer’s wheels don’t actually turn. Instead, the left and right side wheels work off separate motors, so you can control them independently to make turns.

To turn a skid steer, the operator increases the speed on one side of the machine while turning to the opposite side (e.g., speed up right side wheels to begin a left turn). The wheels on the “turn side” stay at a slower speed, acting like a pivot point. Then the opposite wheels will swing around, or skid, to execute the turn.

What are the advantages of skid steers?

John Deere skid steers are small machines that deliver big results. Here are some key features:

    • Radial or vertical lift - both designs are optimized to keep the load close for better stability
    • Power / torque - for exceptional performance and lifting capacity up to 4200 kg (9,250 lb.) bucket breakout force
    • Compact / small - easily maneuver in tight quarters
    • Hydraulic boost - higher auxiliary flow rates help you make the most of even more attachments
    • Easy to transport - lighter weight plus front & rear tie-downs make it easier to get them to/from job sites
    • Longer run times - fuel-efficient diesels and large tanks help you get more done in a day

Attachments create the skid steer’s incredible versatility.

John Deere offers over 100 different attachments that make skid steers useful for an extensive range of tasks, including:

Here are some of the most popular skid steer attachments:

    • Plate Compactors - for trench-, slope- and excavation-compaction applications
    • Bale spears - for loading, carrying, and stacking organic materials for livestock and agriculture
    • Rollers - for asphalt patch, foundation, trench and flatwork compaction
    • Scrapers - for pushing/scraping mud, light snow or other wet material
    • Hydraulic Hammers - for breaking concrete or rock; concrete flatwork; preparing dirt for concrete pads and fencing
    • Augers - for compacted soil, heavy clay, asphalt, frozen ground and fractal rock
    • Buckets - for moving dirt, gravel, mulch, manure, brush; loosening soil; dirt leveling

How do you choose the right skid steer for the job?

You’ll want to size your skid steer according to the scope of the project. This will help get the work done quickly and cost-effectively. Some factors to consider:

    • Size of the work space
    • Task(s):, such as the amount of weight you need to lift, and how high
    • Terrain: wheels are best for harder surfaces, tracks are for uneven or muddy surfaces

 Whether you’re acquiring your first machine or adding to a fleet, there’s a John Deere skid steer that’s perfect for you. Weights range from the smallest skid steer at 2788 kg (6,140 lb.) to our largest model weighing 4540 kg (10,000 lb.). Even our compact skid loaders are built to bring the power 48.5 – 74.6 kW (65 - 100 hp) and performance you need to your jobsite. Here’s a look at our most popular G-Series skid steer models:


795 kg (1,750 lb.)

48.5 kW (65 hp)

45.6 kW (61 hp)

2806 kg (6,180 lb.)

2.92 m (115.1 in.)(9 ft. 7 in.)

1816 kg (4,000 lb.)

883 kg (1,945 lb.)

48.5 kW (65 hp)

45.6 kW (61 hp)

2970 kg (6,542 lb.)

3.07 m (121.0 in.) (10 ft. 1 in.)

1930 kg (4,250 lb.)

994 kg (2,190 lb.)

51.7 kW (69 hp)

49.4 kW (66 hp)

3246 kg (7,150 lb.)

3.10 m (122.2 in.) (10 ft. 2 in.)

1905 kg (4,200 lb.)

1221 kg (2,690 lb.)

55.0 kW (74 hp)

52.5 kW (70 hp)

3496 kg (7,700 lb.)

3.20 m (126.0 in.) (10 ft. 6 in.)

2724 kg (6,000 lb.)

1362 kg (3,000 lb.)

68.0 kW (91.2 hp)

66 kW (88.5 hp)

4495 kg (9,900 lb.)

3.35 m (132.0 in.)(11 ft.0 in.)

3450 kg (7,600 lb.)

1634 kg (3,600 lb.)

74.6 kW (100 hp)

72 kW (96.6 hp)

4540 kg (10,000 lb.)

3.35 m (132.0 in.)(11 ft.0 in.)

4200 kg (9,250 lb.)


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Every John Deere Skid Steer comes with a level of comfort through our full machine standard warranty. We promise to fix any defects in materials or workmanship on our compact equipment for two years after delivery or 2,000 hours.*

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