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At age 54 and a couple of years after heart surgery, I appreciate less physically demanding labor. I also appreciate equipment that increases the profitability of my small contracting business, which specializes in building and repairing wooden fences. So, recently I field-tested four different models of mini skid steers — the Toro Dingo TX 420, the PowerHouse Pro, the Bobcat MT52, and the Ditch Witch SK500 — to find out how well they perform in the kind of work that I do.
A mini skid steer is basically a self-propelled hydraulic power plant, a walk-behind version of the larger skid steers you see people driving around construction sites.