Tips for Choosing the Right Excavator Attachment

There are various attachments that can be used for an excavator, and it is important to ensure you are making the right choice to suit the work ahead. Here are the six most common attachments for a digger.

This is the most common attachment used on excavators. It allows you to handle large quantities of material at a time and is available in different sizes to fit different diggers.

This attachment easily breaks rock, asphalt or concrete. You can use the rock breaker for landscaping, road construction, demolition and trenching.

The ripper blades loosen roots and breaks through surfaces. This attachment is effective when the job requires you to rip up pavement, tarmac, soil and concrete.

The grapple attachment is effective for cleaning the work site, and is ideal in road construction, landscaping and recycling jobs as it scoops piles of soil, and allows for easy transportation of large logs and rocks.

This attachment digs holes for trees, house foundations, trenches and retaining walls, along with any other holes required.

These buckets trim up to a 45-degree angle, providing you with efficient flexibility and movement.

Attachments allow you to accomplish multiple tasks with the one machine, reducing the need for multiple units, ultimately saving on operating expenses. So, when you hire an attachment for your digger, keep in mind the following.

Do some research and know what you are looking for prior to beginning talks with an equipment hire company. First and foremost, know the material you will be working with.

Once you know what you are working with, create a list to assist both yourself and the hire company you are working with. The list should include the model number, tipping load, size, configuration and any other information on the machines you are wanting the attachment for. If the machine has been customised, note these features. A photo of the machine and the serial number can also be a good place to start.

This is important as the hydraulics provide the power to move, along with the lifting and tilting of attachments. Keep in mind the hydraulics of the machine, as the definition of high-flow and standard-flow can differ from dealer to dealer. High-flow circuits exceed 26 gallons/min at 3,300 psi. These machines are typically called ‘XPS’ and possess the ability of maintaining maximum pressure regardless of the speed of the attachment. On the other hand, a standard-flow circuit can produce a flow of 22 gallons/min. Now add the hydraulic flow (gpm) and pressure (psi) to your notes.

A machine with high-flow hydraulics can operate attachments for both high and standard flow diggers. However, a standard-flow unit cannot produce the flow required for a high-flow attachment.

That is why the dealer is there, to assist you where needed. Steps 1-3 are needed to provide the dealer with the most information to assist you in your decision.

Contact Yellow Hire

At Yellow Hire we pride ourselves on specialisation and are here to hire out our attachments, so your excavator is fulfilling your every need. Contact us now to get the most out of your excavator.