Seven Steps to Inspect a Skid Steer

Jeff Martin Auctioneers offers a wide variety of construction and agricultural equipment, tools, and other items at auctions weekly around the United States. One of the most popular classes of equipment is skid steers. Skid steers are versatile machines used for various tasks, such as digging, grading, hauling, and lifting. Skid Steers are also popular because they are relatively small and easy to transport, making them useful for jobs that require frequent relocation.

Conducting a thorough inspection is crucial when bidding on a Skid Steer at Jeff Martin Auctioneers. Jeff Martin Auctioneers staff make every attempt to describe and picture each machine. However, your inspection is the most important of all. ALL Jeff Martin Auctioneers' auctions are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. We welcome and encourage you to visit the auction in the days before the auction. Please inspect any piece you plan to bid on and operate and move the machine. This includes live and online auctions. To help guide your pre-bidding inspections here are seven steps to follow to inspect a skid steer:

1) Check the overall condition of the skid steer: Look for any damage or signs of wear and tear on the body, tires, and tracks. Inspect for any leaks or signs of fluid loss from the engine, hydraulics, or other components.

2) Test the engine: Start and check for any unusual noises or vibrations. Look for any smoke coming from the exhaust or signs of overheating. Check the oil level and condition of the oil.

3) Check the hydraulics: • Operate the arms, bucket, and other hydraulic components. • Look for any unusual noises or delays in operation. • Inspect the hydraulic hoses and fittings for any signs of damage or leaks.

4) Inspect the controls: Test all the controls and switches to ensure they function properly. Check the gauges and indicators to ensure they are working correctly.

5) Test the brakes and steering: Test the brakes and steering to ensure they function correctly. Check for any wear and tear on the brake pads and steering components.

6) Check the electrical system: Test the lights, signals, and other electrical components to ensure they work correctly. Inspect the battery and wiring for any signs of damage or corrosion.

7) Inspect the attachments: Check any attachments or accessories selling with the machine. Ensure you are satisfied with their condition and compatible with the machine.

Overall, a thorough inspection of a skid steer can help you make an informed decision before bidding on a Skid Steer. For all our auctions, including all our skid steer and skid steer attachments, please visit