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Get the job done with skid loaders and excavators


If you have a heavy job to do, check out a skid loader or an excavator. Each can make the work go faster and easier, whether you’re making improvements to your home, yard or business.

A skid loader does many jobs, including moving dirt, rock and debris, as well as leveling off ground.

“The nice thing about skid loaders is that they have a wide array of attachments,” said Chris Kelly, manager of Ace Hardware & Rental, in Dixon, Illinois. “They’re really versatile and can move and direct things like gravel and mulch. They even have forks so you can pick up pallettes and sod.”

Skid loaders are also ideal for moving materials around on construction sites, like jackhammers for breaking up concrete and post augers for digging fences. “They have buckets that are great if you’re cutting trees,” Kelly said. “Those are the most popular attachments for it.”

Skid loaders come equipped with tires or tracks, depending on the surface you’re working on. “Tires are better for hard surfaces and on softer surfaces, tracks would excel,” Kelly said.

Ace rents both skid loaders and excavators by the day, week or month.

“Excavators are good for anything from digging out shrubs and lanscape jobs to trenching, in drainage and water lines; any digging application you can think of,” Kelly said. “We rent to a lot of contractors and a lot of DIY homeowners. We can also deliver the equipment, if need be, also.”

Homeowners might use an excavator for a small drainage job, such as trying to direct water away from a house, or for landscaping tasks like tearing out old shrubs or sidewalks.

“An excavator does what it does very well,” Kelly said.

Ace Hardware & Rental

900 North Galena Avenue

Dixon, IL 61021