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How to Choose Excavator Attachments

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How to Choose Excavator Attachments

Tips for Choosing the Right Excavator Attachments
Your excavators are some of the most versatile pieces of machinery in your fleet. When you equip them with the right excavator attachment, you can complete a wide variety of tasks on every project, including digging, demolition, material handling, mulching, grading, compacting, and more. But you’ll only be successful in handling these different jobs if you choose the best attachment for your particular job and specific machine.

To help you out, we’ve put together some key tips and best practices for determining which excavator attachments are right for your needs and requirements.

Know the most common types of excavator attachments
There is a huge variety of possibilities when it comes to excavator attachments. Here are some of the most popular options that will expand your equipment’s capabilities:

Excavator buckets – A bucket is the most widely used excavator attachment. Buckets allow your machine to dig, carry material, and perform grading, leveling, and backfilling work. There are multiple types of excavator buckets available, including digging, rock, grading, ditch cleaning, trenching, and others.

Multiprocessors – Multiprocessors act as powerful jaws that cut and break apart the toughest material on your demolition jobs.

Excavator grapples – These attachments help you grab and place scrap, wood, brush, piping, and more. Grapples turn your excavator into a material handler on projects of all shapes and sizes.

Hydraulic breakers – Also called hammers, hydraulic breakers smash through and break up solid material like concrete, rock, and even steel, allowing you to take down structures on demolition jobs.

Excavator shears – When you use excavator shears, you can cut and shred structural steel, rebar, scrap metals, and other construction materials.

Excavator thumbs – Thumb attachments provide operators with precise control when it comes to loading and moving debris, rock, and other loose material.

In addition to these popular excavator attachments, there is a variety of others available, including plate compactors, pulverizers, trenchers, and more.

Check your specifications
Whether you’re operating hydraulic breakers, grapples, multiprocessors, or other excavator attachments, they are all powered by your equipment’s hydraulic circuit. Although excavators are generally described as “high flow” or “standard flow”, these labels can be different from one manufacturer to the next. Typically, high flow circuits exceed 26 gallons per minute of hydraulic flow, while standard flow circuits provide 22 gallons per minute. Make sure the attachment you use does not exceed your excavator’s hydraulic capabilities.

Make sure the excavator attachment is compatible with your machine
Once you determine the type of attachment you require for your job, and you ensure it’s within the hydraulic capabilities of your equipment, next you need to check if it’s compatible with the mounting system. Most excavator attachments have a universal mount, but there may be variations depending on your particular make and model.

Try it out first
Prior to buying an excavator attachment, we suggest scheduling a demo. By having your operators test it out first, you will determine firsthand how easy they are to install, how simple they are to maneuver, and how well they handle the work you require them to.

Contact our team
There are many excavator attachments available, so we recommend first talking with our equipment experts before purchasing one. We’ll have to know what your typical projects include and which make and model of excavator you are operating. Then, our team will help you determine which size and type of attachments will work best.

Talk with our team to find the best excavator attachments for your needs!