What To Ask Before Hiring a Skid Steer

A skid steer is a commonly used engine-powered machine with lift arms that can house attachments for plowing, shoveling, auguring, or other tasks. Many construction jobs require skid steer hire for clean up, prep work, or other tasks. If you are looking at hiring a skid steer, you may be wondering what you should ask in the interview process. Don’t worry. Interview anxiety is common when you are hiring someone to help complete an important job. We all want to make sure we are getting quality work at a fair price. Below, we will outline some of the best questions to ask when confronted with the task of contracting a skid steer and operator (driver).

1. How Experienced is the Driver?

Skid steers look easy to operate. They are also fun to operate, though, this can create a sense of overconfidence when some workers get behind the controls. You want to make sure you are hiring a skid steer driver with adequate experience and professionalism to handle the task, not only to protect the quality of work that goes into your project but also the safety of your crew, the hired driver, and your property.

Someone who has been operating a skid steer for several years without accidents will definitely be a better option than someone who has only recently learned. However, someone that has been driving a year without an incident is a better option than someone who has been operating a skid steer for five years with ten incidents on their record. Get the full picture of their operating record and make your best determination. Remember, it costs twice as much to redo a job poorly done.

 2.What is the Driver’s Hourly Rate?

Skid Steer drivers work on an hourly base, typically. Find out what their pay requirement is and compare it to the time estimate of the work to give yourself an accurate estimate of the total cost of the work.

Toyota Huski 5SDK5 Skid Steer 

 3.Are you Insured?

In most places,  insurance is a legal requirement for being a contacted worker. Having the proper  insurances in place will protect your property if there is a driver error or other mishap associated with the skid steer hire. It will also make sure any medical bills are covered in the event of injury to either you, your crew, or the driver, themselves. Finally, proper insurance coverage will protect your assets in the event that the contracted equipment is damaged or destroyed as a result of an “act of God” or other uncontrollable circumstance while it is being used on your property.

4.Do you Guarantee Your Work?

This is an important one. If someone says they can have the job done in thirty days, that promise is not guaranteed unless it is in writing. You don’t want to be paying for someone to complete work over a six month span if you were promised it would be done in a fraction of that time. Also, we always require a minimum standard of work, contractors often send out low ball bids in an effort to get jobs they can rush through, try to avoid this, it will be much cheaper in the long run to get the work done right the first time.

Know what you want and how to ask for it and you’re guaranteed a successful skid steer hire!


ATG Excavation can provide you with a range of excavators and skid steers to ensure you can get through your next DIY job.

Contacts us today at or call 0407 085 660 to hire a Cat 1.7T today or any of our other excavators.

The Toyota Huski 5SDK5 Skid Steer: What you Need To Know

Toyota is a trusted brand name in car and motorcycle manufacturing for many years. Originating in Japan, the company is known to produce affordable transportation equipment of the highest quality.

Many loyal Toyota customers boast about the long life- span of their cars or motorcycles . What many don’t know is that Toyota also manufactures excavation equipment.

The Toyota Huski 5SDK5 skid steer is a popular new model of skid steer that has many contractors joining the Toyota family.

It is loved for all of the same things that we have come to associate with the Toyota brand. They are affordability, attractive design, efficient motor systems, excellent performance, and longevity.

Below, we will discuss some of the best features of the Huski 5SDK5 skid steer.

A sleek cabin design!

The cabin is completely sealed in glass to keep dust, fuel fumes, and other hazardous materials out. In addition, the cabin is equipped with heat and air conditioning to make your job comfortable in any weather conditions.

The cabin features two cup holders for staying hydrated during the long work day. And a functional radio to make the job quicker and more enjoyable.

The design of the cabin is attractive and clean. It provides an inviting atmosphere to get you through the grueling grind of the work day with ease.

 The seats are designed with health and comfort in mind

Aside from being concerned with the contaminants you may breathe in, the seats are also designed ergonomically to improve your posture and keep you from getting a stiff or achy body during the course of the day.

In addition to this feature, steering controls, seat height, and neck rests can also be adjusted to improve your overall comfort and bone and joint health.

This is an easy excavator to service and operate

Most newcomers to excavators find that the Toyota Huski skid steer is a great piece of equipment to learn with. In fact, most find that the control system is comfortable to use and easy to catch on to. Many learn how to control all the features of this excavator within the first hour or so of operation!

For servicing the Toyota Huski skid steer the cabin tilts up, allowing full access to the underside of the machine from the top. This makes repair work simple and cleaning a breeze.

When you properly maintain your machine, it will reward you in longevity and productivity for many years to come.

Toyota is in for the long haul

Even when performing difficult tasks, Toyota manages to uphold the top quality feature that loyal fans of the brand have come to associate with the product line.

Toyota excavators, like Toyota cars and motorcycles, hold up to the test of time. It won’t be often that you will have to replace a Toyota, but when you do, you’re almost guaranteed to pick up another of the same brand.

If you’re in the market for skid steer hire or mini bobcat hire in Sydney, wollongong and Illawarra, go ahead and make the jump to Toyota loyalty and ATG Excavation. We are ready to impress!