Excavators are a must-have in most construction sites due to their versatility. Contractors can attach various attachments to them to conduct a wide range of construction work. This extract discusses excavator attachments and the considerations to make when buying and hiring this equipment.
Types of Excavator Attachments
Below are the various types of excavator attachments:
Excavator buckets can be used for digging, loading and clean-up work. There are various kinds of excavator buckets.
- Digging buckets come with claws to ensure you have an easy time breaking all kinds of soil.
- Rock buckets are reinforced with hardened steel or diamond. They also have sharper teeth compared to the digging buckets.
- A cleanup bucket has a scoop-like design. It is used to clean debris at the construction site.
- A skeleton bucket contains gaps to filter excavated materials. It is ideal when you want to dispose of materials of a particular size.
Augers have a rotating metal attachment that is powered by hydraulic arms. The device is used to dig holes in the ground. For example, you would use an auger to install pipes or poles in the ground. When choosing an auger, check its hose power and recommended use. Typically, you need a stronger auger when working on rocks or clay soil.
Breakers are large hammers powered by hydraulic pistons. Contractors use them to break through hard surfaces such as concrete and rock. Breakers can also be used for demolition work.
Clamps are used to grab or hold materials. For instance, you would use a clamp to remove a tree stump or install a pole.
Buying and Hiring Excavator Attachments
When you are buying excavator attachments, you should conduct some research to determine which companies manufacture durable equipment. The attachment should be made from durable materials. Besides, the attachment should be compatible with your excavator. Insist on warranties and guarantees as you purchase the equipment.
Earthmover hire companies will offer a wide range of attachments to people who need excavators. When you are hiring an excavator attachment, inspect the component to ensure it does not have cracks and defects. Also, ask the hiring company to provide an experienced operator to use the excavator at your site.
Remember to observe safety as you use excavator attachments. For example, you should conduct a site inspection to identify hazards such as electrical cables and underground gas lines. The attachment should be used for its intended purpose.