The first subcompact loader I ever used arrived by accident. I’d ordered a full-sized skid steer from the rental yard, but instead the delivery truck brought what looked like a riding mower on steroids. The driver mumbled, “We didn’t have any skid steers so I brought this.”
My blood pressure spiked. I hate digging footing and fence-post holes with a shovel and digging bar — who doesn’t? — and was relying on salvation from the skid-steer mounted auger. Worse, about 750 square feet of soil needed to be scoured to make room for a low deck and fence. I didn’t see a practical or profitable way to do this job without some serious, diesel-powered hydraulics. The overgrown Tonka toy sitting in front of me sure didn’t look up to the job.