How to Choose the Best Heavy Equipment for Mulching Attachments

One of the most important aspects of a mulching project is choosing the right equipment for the job. Due to their versatility, pieces of equipment such as skid steers, compact track loaders, excavators and tractors are commonly used as carriers for mulching attachments. However, they vary in capacity, capabilities and performance. You need to pick the best one to attach your mulching attachments and complete mulching jobs. Below are the factors to consider when selecting the best heavy equipment for mulching.

Site constraints

Site constraints can limit your heavy equipment options. You should consider the following:

  • The terrain of the land
  • Access limitations
  • Equipment size and power
  • Scope of the mulching project

For rough terrain, you need equipment that can easily manoeuvre the land without losing stability. Rough-terrain excavators and crawler skid steers are great for hard terrain. Skid steers and compact track loaders are excellent for sites that are hard to access. The compact size of these pieces of equipment makes it easy to manoeuvre restricted outdoor spaces.

Consider the scope of your mulching project when choosing the equipment. For a small-scale mulching job, you can opt for compact equipment, such as a skid steer, compact track loader or small tractor. Conversely, for a large-scale project, select larger equipment with more power to ensure fast and efficient mulching.

Visibility and precision

Some pieces of equipment offer a visibility advantage by allowing the mulching attachment to be driven forward. Skid steers and compact track loaders are the best choices for maximum visibility and precision. This is unlike some tractors that drag the attachment from behind, making it difficult to see where the mulching material is being delivered. 

The configuration of a skid steer allows you to deliver mulching material to the intended areas with excellent precision. Also, the configuration of a skid steer allows the operator to operate the equipment at ground level. Conversely, excavators have a long arm, and the operator sits in the cabin. This can impede visibility and precision when collecting and delivering mulching material. However, since excavators are versatile and hardy, they outperform skid steers in other ways.

Equipment versatility

A mulching project may entail other tasks such as clearing land and disposing of tree branches and vegetation. In this case, you require versatile equipment that is compatible with multiple attachments, such as grabs, scrappers, grapples and buckets. You should also get equipment that can handle both small-scale and large-scale jobs. This way, you can use it for both agricultural mulching and small landscaping jobs.

Excavators, skid steers, tractors and loaders are great for mulching applications. However, the above factors will determine the best equipment for carrying your mulching attachments. If you need help choosing the best equipment, consult a heavy equipment contractor.