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who keeps thier skidsteers on site? how do you keep them from getting stolen?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by trqjnky, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. trqjnky

    trqjnky Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    im going to leave a skid on site at a wharehouse i plow. im just wondering how you guys keep them from getting stolen? luck?
  2. ryde307

    ryde307 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,145

    We dont trailer at all. ONly leave on site. try to negotiate the best place to keep it. In a ramp, under a light, near a camera anything in a lot that is most visible to be watch or least visable to be hidden.
    Otherwise lock it have good insurance and hope for the best.
  3. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Store it in a container and install a hidden ignition cutoff switch, or pull a battery terminal wire.
    Install GPS tracking or at minimum, advertise the machine is GPS tracked.
  4. zman9119

    zman9119 Member
    Messages: 42

    Encoded machine specific key, the "club" for the controls, plus use hardened chains that are almost impossible to cut.
  5. G.Landscape

    G.Landscape Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 851

    We leave all our machines on site, and never had an issue. I agree that finding a well lit spot, and usually parked close to a road is a good idea (bonus having your name on equipment parked near the road...FREE advertising) We also loosen the fuse for ignition so all the driver has to do is remember to push it back in before he tries and start it.
  6. charlefoxtrtot

    charlefoxtrtot Member
    from MD
    Messages: 62

    I prefer rigging them with an explosive charge
  7. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    Disconnect (not completely, so it still looks hooked up) one of the wiring harnesses in the engine compartment.
  8. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,400

    I like the "GPS tracking" sticker idea

    Anyone get quotes on insurance for these machines?
  9. BowTieDmax

    BowTieDmax Senior Member
    Messages: 152

    I have the coded key from Cat, keep it in a well lit area, keep my insurance paid up and cross my fingers! LOL
  10. 7_below

    7_below Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    Lmao!! Haha
  11. djagusch

    djagusch 2000 Club Member
    from mn
    Messages: 2,107

    Why don't we post all our ways so thiefs can read them?

    Without being specific. GPS, pulling fuses, wires, or a module. Chains, location, etc.

    We do all we can to keep honest people honest, but a thief can still take it if he has it in him.
  12. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,108

    nothing can stop a roll back tow truck, I like wedging machines in places and all the above tricks
  13. magnum1

    magnum1 Senior Member
    from ID & ND
    Messages: 249

    what type and year are the skids? newer machines have power disconnect and electronic key codes for theft protection also like previously mentioned in this thread a storage container will help protect your skid and plow. good luck, also a bit of patience and a good scope you could have some target practice
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2011
  14. bluerage94

    bluerage94 Senior Member
    Messages: 398

    Leave a 6ft snake in the cab...
  15. magnum1

    magnum1 Senior Member
    from ID & ND
    Messages: 249

    leave my mother in law in the cab
  16. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

  17. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

    Take a screwdriver or piece of wire from pos terminal on battery to starter and that should get it going no?

    SNOWLORD Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 610

    I understand that one 100%!!
  19. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,108

    ....or just put the terminal wire back on. The point is to stop guys who hop in quick and try to urn it on, it wont crank and they run away. not an auto mechanic..
  20. Cam.at.Heritage

    Cam.at.Heritage Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    Yes that's the point exactly.... if they are set on taking it they will do it, its really to prevent the spur of the moment guys...or drunk students from going on joy rides.