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How to Move a Skid Steer Without Power

Ryan Hotchkiss

Moving a skid steer without power requires some preparation and planning because most skid steers do not have a neutral gear. Ultimately, the make and model of the skid steer you need to move determines the method you will use.

Moving a skid steer without power is difficult because most do not have neutral gear.


Towing your skid steer without properly disengaging the mechanical parts can cause damage to your skid steer's transmission and hydraulic pumps. No owner's manual will suggest you do so, even for a short distance.

If you have access to other heavy equipment large enough to carry the skid steer, you will save yourself time and labor. If not, you need to figure out the best method for moving your particular skid steer without damaging the drive shaft or the hydraulic pumps.

  1. Attach the 20-foot high-test chain to the skid steer's cage frame. Attach the chain to the bucket of a front-end loader or track-hoe and lift the skid steer. Move it this way if you have access to such equipment. This method is the least likely to damage your skid steer and requires the least amount of work.

  2. Remove the drive chains using your socket set, breaking bar and pry bar. This will allow you to pull the skid steer without damaging the drive line or hydraulic pumps. However, your will have no ability to steer the skid steer, so this is not suggested for long distances.

  3. Remove the skid steer's driveshaft. If you remove the driveshaft, towing the skid steer will not damage the transmission. On some skid steers, it is easier to remove the drive shave than the drive chains.