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How to Connect a Skid Steer to a General Purpose Bucket

20 July 2021

Skid Steer loaders are one of the most versatile machines you can use on any residential or commercial earthmoving project. They have more than enough power to deal with any project requirements you have. 

Now you may be thinking, ‘Well that’s great and all, but how do I attach the GP Bucket to my skid steer?”


Our video on our YouTube channel demonstrates exactly how to connect and disconnect a  general-purpose bucker from your skid steer if you're a more visual person. 

Connecting a Skid Steer to a General Purpose Bucket

In this blog, we will be stepping you through how to attach a General Purpose Bucket safely and effectively in order to complete your project.

  1. Lay the GP bucket on a flat surface, making sure the backing plate is facing opposite you.
  2. Get in the skid steer and line up the machine with the backing plate of the GP bucket.
  3. Once the backing plate is lined up, move the boom upwards which will allow the GP bucket backplate to connect to the skid steer.
  4. Once the GP bucket is connected, you’ll then need to lift up the roll bar and connect the locking pins which are two levers on either side of the GP bucket (these locking pins will keep the GP bucket attached to the skid steer).
  5. Once these levers are pushed down, lower the GP bucket onto the surface below.
  6. Once all these steps are completed, you’re ready to take on your project.

Disconnecting a Skid Steer from a General Purpose Bucket

Now once you complete your project, you may need to take this bucket off to use another attachment. These steps will be explained below:


  1. Start by first lowering the GP bucket onto a flat surface.
  2. Lift up the two levers on either side of the GP bucket, releasing the locking pins. This will allow the GP bucket to be easily taken off the skid steer.
  3. When all these steps have been completed, drive the skid steer out slowly to disconnect the GP bucket from the machine.


The steps above relate to most models of skid steers and GP buckets but depending on the size of your skid steer and the GP bucket's size, there may be a few more steps required.


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