How Much Does a Skid Steer Sweeper Attachment Cost?
With the addition of a sweeper attachment, your skid steer becomes a powerful broom capable of clearing away dirt, garbage, grass, gravel, leaves, snow, and more. It brushes, scours, and removes debris from jobsite, sidewalks, driveways, and roads. There are three basic types skid steer sweeper attachments: angle, hopper, and push.
What Are the Types of Sweeper Attachments?
Sweeper attachments (sometimes called brooms) are categorized by type and size.
Angle Broom Attachments
Angle brooms (sometimes called rotary sweepers) come in widths of 48", 60", 72", 84", and 96". Brush material is 50 percent poly, 50 percent wire for greater durability, and they are available in single and dual motor models, with dual motors reserved for high-flow skid steers.
Manual angle is standard, with up to 30-degree capability. You also find angle sweepers with hydraulic kits that allow the operator to make adjustments from the cab.
Hopper Broom Attachments
Also known as pick-up brooms, hoppers come in 60", 72", and 84" widths. They have a bi-directional motor that allows you to sweep while moving forward and then collect the debris while moving in reverse. Features include the ability to adjust brush height to account for wear and tear, as well as a replaceable, bolt-on cutting edge. You also find models with quick-change broom sections that make it easy to replace worn parts, and a bolt-on motor.
Use a hopper sweeper to maintain parking lots, roads, and walkways. They're also popular for clearing away the debris left behind by melted snow.
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Push Broom Attachments
You find push broom attachments in widths of 60", 72", and 96". Made with heavy gauge poly brushes, they allow hydraulic angles of up to 30 degrees. Their design minimizes dust and flying debris, protecting surrounding vehicles and structures from damage. Applications include clearing dirt, leaves, and snow.
Additional features include a spray kit that attaches to the front of the loader and helps reduce dust by spraying a fine mist of water. As the dust rises, it hits this mist, which forces it back down to the ground, allowing the operator to sweep it away while also protecting him or her, as well as any bystanders, from inhaling it.
Sweeper Attachment Uses and Requirements
Different broom types work best for different applications.
- Angle brooms work best for snow removal
- Hopper brooms are great for cleanup
- Landscapers tend to prefer hopper and push brooms, particularly when sweeping near buildings
- Road crews tend to prefer angle and hopper brooms
- Groundskeepers find uses for all three but rely on hoppers for cleanup
When choosing the right sweeper attachment for your skid steer, look carefully at the requirements and specs for both, as well as your project needs. Basic tips include:
- A dual motor angle broom requires 18 to 36 gpm (gallons per minute)
- A hopper broom requires 15 to 25 gpm; size according to the width of your skid steer
- A single motor angle broom attachment needs a skid steer with 8 to 25 gpm
- Operating the broom at a 30-degree angle requires a broom width wider than the path
- Push brooms require 3 gpm minimum; size according to the width of your skid steer
Sizing may seem tricky but look for a broom width comparable to the width of your skid steer. If the sweeper attachment is wider than the loader's tires or tracks, you restrict access. However, if it's narrower than the loader, you get less coverage. This is particularly true with angle brooms, which cover less area while the unit moves forward.
How Much Does a Sweeper Attachment Cost?
Pricing varies according to size, gpm requirements, and whether the sweeper includes features such as spray kits and gutter brushes. In general, though, expect to pay anywhere from $1,500 to $11,000.
- Bobcat 72" manual angle sweeper broom attachment, requires 10 to 28 gpm, 30" bristle diameter, removable stands, price range: $1,500 to $2,000
- Blue Diamond 72" push broom sweeper attachment, 11 rows of long lasting bristles, maintenance free, price range: $2,000 to $2,400
- Mid State Equipment 72" manual angle sweeper broom skid steer attachment, requires 10 to 20 gpm, 24 large poly wafer bristles, 2" center greasable pivot points, price range: $2,200 to $2,800
- Virnig 72" Pick Up hopper sweeper broom attachment, requires 15 to 25 gpm, 41 26" wafer bristles, price range: $4,200 to $4,800
- Spartan Equipment 84" SE Series skid steer box broom sweeper attachment, poly/wire brush, requires 10 to 18 gpm, direct drive brush motors, price range: $5,200 to $5,800
- Spartan Equipment 60" SEVS Series skid steer box broom sweeper attachment, poly/wire brush, requires 15 to 25 gpm, 26" diameter convoluted quick change brush, price range: $10,500 to $11,000