Excavator Attachments For Landscaping Projects

This second installment of ‘Extended Excavator Attachments’ will look into 3 specific extended excavator attachments which are the grading blade, the grapple and the ripper. All three items are often used at most construction projects regularly making them almost indispensible to projects.

The Grading Blade

Having an excavator and a dedicated grader for a single project is not a very cost effective strategy and neither is it efficient as it would involve a higher level of logistics (2 machines, two operators, separate job sheets, scheduling issues, etc.). As an option a grading attachment could be attached to the excavator to level the ground. The entire process of using the grading blade or even a mini excavator grading bucket preps the surface intended for other projects by flattening it. Operators generally adjust the blade angles from inside the cab with regards to the grading blade’s height or angle to achieve the right level of surface. As with other attachments, grading blades come in an array of sizes and shapes to cope with different terrains and machines. This attachment tool is also referred to as a grading bucket is compatible for both mini excavator hire and standard excavator hire.

The Grapple

The grapple is a much more common excavator attachment that is often applied for forestry work apart from regularly used for demolition, waste handling and assorted construction work. The attachment sports two large extended curved clamps that allow them to clamp materials that are oddly shaped. There are two main types of grapple, the first being grapples that move either way whilst the other type only moves in a singular direction. The common grapple is managed by hydraulics that allows operators to angle and rotate the tool based on the targeted material’s size, shape and position. Companies such as Caterpillar have a range of grapples such as ‘Contractor Grapples’, ‘Demolition and Sorting Grapples’, ‘Forest Machine Grapples’, ‘Orange Peel Grapples’ and even ‘Trash Grapples’. Each one is unique in its own way and are designed specifically for the materials that they are intended to manage.

The Ripper

Rippers are critical to basically any type of project from the get-go. This attachment tool once fitted to an excavator will allow operators to break through had ground, frozen ground, rocky surfaces that standard excavator buckets will not be able to manage. The standard ripper is a forward -shaped pointed tool that enables the ‘ripping factor’ as the shape of this attachment coupled by the hydraulic force that it is driven by allows nothing to stand in its way. The ripper is also used for specific phases of demolition work and forestry work as the attachment is perfect for removing embedded stones, tree stumps and even deep root systems.

Other important attachments that are specific to standard mini compact excavator rentals include the Kubota KX040 Hydraulic 6 in 1 Blade, The Blue Diamond Plate Compactor and the Okada’s TOP 60B

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