Five must-have machinery attachments

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Our machines are made into so much more thanks to the wide variety of attachments available. We've rounded up five attachments we think belong on the 'must-have' list.

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AFE SS Eco mulcher

AFE SS Eco mulcher

Advanced Forest Equipment’s SS Eco Mulcher, an attachment that lets skid steer loaders "annihilate" weeds, shrubs and trees, is being brought into Australia by Makin Traks.

With features such as universal fitting, robust construction and high visibility, Makin Traks owner/director Daz Scale sees the mulcher as the next big thing.

Scale says their attachment to the AFE product (pun intended) began when they imported a Caterpillar 299D XHP compact track loader with an SS Eco Mulcher attached.

"We weren’t entirely familiar with the mulcher but we had heard many good reports about the attachment in regards to its productivity and efficiency," he says. "Once we got our hands on the machine a ...

Takeuchi rear-mounted rippers

Takeuchi rear-mounted rippers

When confronted with hard, concrete-like surfaces the best course of action is usually to break it up with a ripper attached to a compact track loader, such as the Takeuchi rear-mounted ripper which lets you get to work without stopping to change attachments.

Contractor Aaron Willis of Crookwell, New South Wales specialises in construction of farm sheds, dams, access roads, landscape and other construction sites, and often comes across hard, highly compact clay soils that provide a challenge to dig and level.

He recently bought a Takeuchi TL10 compact track loader and says the rear-mounted ripper attachment makes sense for his business.

"Having the right tools to deal with the variety of jobs we encounter is very important for us," Willis says. "It also makes sense to use our track loader for as many tasks as possible and to select the attachments that will at the greatest efficiency to our business." ...

Cat excavator tilt buckets

Cat excavator tilt buckets

Cat has launched a new line of tilt buckets for its 311-325 crawler excavator models and the M314-M322 wheel excavators that it says are ideal for ditch cleaning, landscaping, precision grading and other finishing tasks.

The new buckets range in width from 1142mm to 1800mm and can hydraulically tilt 45 degrees left or right from vertical.

Available in both pin-on and coupler configurations, the bucket’s design uses two horizontal cylinders to give the operator the ability to position the bucket without actually moving the machine.

The horizontal cylinder design also gives the buckets a low profile while also keeping the cylinders out of harm’s way. On top of that, the hydraulic lines are fully sealed for added protection ...

John Deere D series cold planer

John Deere D series cold planer

John Deere have released the D-Series cold planer attachment in the United States, part of its Worksite Pro line of construction machinery attachments.

The attachment transforms a skid steer or other compact loader into a pavement milling machine, suitable for road construction, street repairs or matching uneven pavement surfaces.

There are four new attachment models in the D-series – the CP12D, CP18D, CP24D, CP30D. Although engineered with John Deer loaders in mind, the cold planer is compatible with any track or wheel loader with a skid-steer interface ...

Rokla Rockwheel

Rokla Rockwheel

A G5 Rokla Rockwheel attachment has helped a landscaping business on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula save precious time and resources by streamlining trenching work and eliminating double-handling.

Grant Nykiel is the operator of Port Vincent Landscapes, an earthmoving and excavation business that specialises in providing septic, electrical and water services to rural properties.

"The terrain in which we operate consists of limestone rock which presents challenges when digging 400mm trenches." Nykiel says.

"We had been using a rock hammer attached to our five tonne excavator, however the time needed to remove broken rock from the trenches and relocate off-site was costing us valuable time and resources."

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