Choosing the Right Attachment for Your Equipment Rental
Category: Equipment and Solutions
Whether you are renting construction equipment or have owned machinery for years, you can improve productivity with work tool attachments. An attachment can transform just about any piece of heavy equipment into a precise, efficiency-boosting tool. Attachments also give your business flexibility to accommodate customers’ needs and make a profit any time of the year.
For example, if it’s snowing outside, you can turn your skid steer loader rental into a powerful snow-blowing machine. In the summer and fall, you can use attachments to remove leaves or vegetation. Attachments give you the ability to offer your services year-round, and you’ll never miss an opportunity to expand your business and customer base.
With that said, you might be wondering how to choose the perfect attachment for your equipment. There are many different factors to consider when renting or buying any piece of construction equipment, and you can choose from a vast array of attachments. It can be challenging to pick the best tool for the job when many attachments can accomplish the same task. At NMC The Cat Rental Store, we are prepared to help you make the right choice.
It’s a good idea to rent an attachment so you can experiment until you find the right fit. However, if you know exactly what you need, it might be time to invest in an attachment that will last you for years and add value to your heavy equipment. Either way, we are here to assist you. Let’s look at your options when it comes to construction equipment attachment rentals and how to choose the right attachment for your project.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Heavy Equipment Attachments
First, you’ll need to consider a few factors before renting or buying work tool attachments. The more you know about the job requirements, the better an equipment dealer can assist you. Aim to have the following information before you head to a dealer:
- Know your job: Be prepared to discuss the job and materials you’ll be working with, so equipment dealers can make the best recommendation possible. Consider bringing in a sample of the material you will be working with, and know the tasks you usually focus on, where you’ll be completing these jobs and the climate around the job site.
- Know your equipment: Know your equipment specifications such as model numbers, tipping loads, weight capacities and other vital information.
- Know the type of attachment you need: You’ll need to know whether you need fabricated or hydromechanical attachments. Fabricated attachments work with almost any machine that does not require additional hydraulics. In other words, you can attach a fabricated attachment from one manufacturer to a piece of equipment from another manufacturer. However, if you want hydromechanical attachments which include tools such as buckets, hammers and augers, try to rent an attachment from the same manufacturer as your equipment to ensure the right match and a tight fit.
- Match configurations: Manufacturers might offer a range of configurations which can affect the way a machine operates. You want to match the attachment configuration to the machine to ensure everything works correctly. For example, it’s not recommended to pair high-flow hydraulics to standard-flow machines.
Choosing the Right Attachment for Your Project
There’s an attachment for just about any job, whether you work in agriculture, construction, forestry, demolition or landscaping. Some attachments, like buckets, can complete a range of tasks. Buckets are shaped like deep shovels and can lift, dig, compact materials and more. They range in size and durability from general duty applications to extreme duty jobs and everything in between. However, some attachments have specific capabilities to make an operation more efficient and safe. Let’s explore different projects and the common attachments used to improve workflow.
Earthmoving equipment is used to move and transport soil or rocks to prepare for a construction or landscaping project. The process usually involves excavating, hauling, dumping, crushing and compacting. Earthmoving projects may require bulldozers, scrapers, compactors, wheel loaders, skid steer loaders or excavators depending on the project size. The right attachments will help develop a successful strategic plan and meet deadlines. There are a variety of attachments you can use depending on your needs. Although certainly not an exhaustive list, here are a few attachments to consider for an earthmoving project:
- Buckets with teeth: Does your project require scooping up rocks or penetrating rough surfaces? If so, you should consider a bucket with teeth instead of a smooth edge. Teeth help dig into the hard soil faster, and you can pull up roots at the same time. Buckets, in general, are a must-have for job versatility. You can use a bucket attachment with skid steer loaders, wheel loaders and other pieces of equipment.
- Land planes: You can use a grading bar or land plane to significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to level the ground. Although a regular bucket works fine, a grading bar allows you to level the ground in both forward and reverse, and it also helps you dig up large rocks without creating a trench. There are many sizes and designs available.
- Backhoes: Construction workers can use excavators, backhoe loaders, bulldozers or skid steer loaders to excavate the earth. Excavators are most commonly used to dig trenches or foundations and lift heavy materials, while backhoe loaders are better for smaller jobs. However, skid steer loaders are easier to operate and far more versatile than larger pieces of equipment. You might choose a backhoe attachment for a skid steer loader for digging in small areas.
2. Material Handling
Generally speaking, all attachments handle material on the construction site whether it be trash, trees, earth or steel beams. However, not any machine can be used for any job. Choosing the proper tool for material handling is critical because lifting a too-heavy load up into the air can be disastrous. Here are some attachment ideas to promote safety and efficiency at the work site:
- Grapples: You can think of a grapple as a giant claw and the perfect material handling option for hydraulic excavators. You can use a grapple to lift or drag logs, clamp onto bulky debris, or move rocks or hay. You can also use grapples to move brush with a skid steer loader easily.
- Bale grabs: If you need to grab, lift and transport baled material such as wheat or hay, you can use bale grabs to attach to skid steer loaders, multi-terrain loaders, compact track loaders and compact wheel loaders. Bale grabs allow you to get a firm grasp of round or square bales without damaging the bale.
- Bale spears: Bales spears serve the same purpose as bale grabs, except instead of grabbing bales, you’ll drive the spear into the middle of the bale, lift and be ready to go.
- Pallet forks: You can use fork attachments with a skid steer loader for a multitude of material handling purposes. A fork attachment might be the best choice if you need to move palletized material at a construction site. You can also use a fork attachment to handle bags of fertilizer or seed for landscaping projects. Pallet forks can move a variety of materials, including bales, logs, boulders and more. However, make sure you know the attachment limitations. For example, some forklifts can hold up to 5,000 pounds, but it’s still critical to calculate the safe load capacity.
3. Snow Removal
Landscaping or construction businesses can make a profit during the winter by using heavy equipment attachments to remove snow. Snow removal is a difficult and sometimes impossible task for many residents and businesses in northern states. For example, consider that Nebraska gets an average of 30 inches of snow per year. When a storm hits, Nebraska residents and business owners will turn to snow removal services for help. If you have the right attachments, you can offer snow removal services and keep your company running during the slow season. Here are attachments you can use for snow removal:
- Snow buckets: You can use a snow bucket attachment with skid steer loaders, compact wheel loaders and backhoes. Snow buckets are much larger than regular buckets and get the job done when it comes to pushing and piling up snow. Large bucket attachments can also be used to move leaves, grass and wood chips when the weather warms up.
- Blowers: You can use a snow blower attachment to throw snow instead of pile snow. Snow blowers are best for large areas, or where you don’t need to worry about damaging nearby buildings or trees with snow. A snow blower may be the optimal way to remove large amounts of snow.
- Plows: Plows are the best choice for long distances because they allow the operator to push snow off to the side with a blade in a single pass. Plows work better for heavy snow, and snow blowers are ideal for powdery snow. Make sure to match the blade size to your equipment, because too big of a blade can reduce your equipment power and potentially damage the equipment.
- Pushes: Snow pushes are well-suited for snow removal or any material that needs to be pushed. A snow push is designed to roll and fold snow and is ideal for parking lots, driveways and more. This attachment reaches all the way down to the surface and can also drag material away from a structure. You can use a snow push attachment with skid steer loaders, small wheel loaders and compact backhoes to pile snow. Like plows, you want to make sure to choose the right sized attachment for your equipment.
Landscapers have numerous attachment options to choose from whether they need to dig holes for plants or transport mulch. With the option to rent, you can find an attachment to handle all parts of a landscaping project, including any surprises. Here are different landscaping attachments and the purposes they serve:
- Augers: You can use an auger for digging holes with a skid steer loader. An auger and its spiral design can drill holes with speed and tear through hard soil, gravel, rocks and tree roots. Choose augers for installing fence posts, to quickly plant trees or to dig a well.
- Flail mowers: Attach a flail mower to your heavy equipment and cut through tough overgrowth on a variety of terrain. You might choose a flail mower attachment to tackle hillsides, ditches, riverbanks and other areas that are typically difficult to access.
- Mulchers: Mulchers save you the time and money of buying mulch for landscaping projects, and they make good use of waste. A mulcher attachment is an essential landscaping tool which allows you to cut efficiently and mulch overgrowth.
- Stump grinders: If you need a tool to remove a tree stump in mere minutes, you can’t go wrong with a stump grinder. A stump grinder attachment shreds a stump with a powerful cutting wheel. Before renting a stump grinder attachment, consider where you need to remove a stump and if it’s near a building or tight space because some models can swing, while others are positioned in the middle or off to the side.
- Delimbers: If you spend a lot of time removing trees or branches with a chainsaw, you need to try a delimber and make the job safer and much more efficient. A delimber attachment pulls trees through its body, removes the limbs, and measures and cuts the trees to a certain length. A delimber can process about two to four trees per minute.
- Brushcutters: Need to remove tall grass, brush and even small trees? If a lawnmower can’t do the job, you’ll appreciate the value of a brushcutter. Choose a brushcutter attachment to clear a piece of land fast with your skid steer loader. Brushcutters are often used to clear land for houses or parks or to remove overgrowth.
- Rakes: A rake attachment is useful for cleaning up the mess from all the cutting, grinding and mulching for a clear, clean space.
Rent Construction Equipment Attachments Today With NMC The Cat Rental Store
Attachments increase the capabilities of any piece of heavy equipment. If you’re still not sure what attachment fits your project best, you can rent an attachment to find out firsthand. There are plenty of reasons to rent attachments or other pieces of heavy equipment, such as:
- Lower upfront costs
- Perfect for short-term use
- Helps you meet deadlines
- Expands your capabilities with a diverse inventory
- Save on expenses relating to storage, maintenance and repairs
- Gain access to the newest, most efficient technology
When you rent an attachment, you get to test it out and determine which one increases productivity best. There’s an attachment for any job, and NMC The Cat Rental Store can help you find the one to suit your needs, your crew and your business goals.
NMC The Cat Rental Store is the premier source for Cat® equipment with locations in Nebraska and Iowa. At NMC The Cat Rental Store, we are proud to have been supplying customers with the best equipment in the industry for decades. We believe in quality equipment and customer satisfaction, and we are committed to helping each customer make informed decisions to improve their bottom line.
If you didn’t find what you need in this post, don’t worry — there are many more attachments to consider. We are here to answer your questions and find the attachment you need. We also offer a wide range of construction equipment rentals, from skid steer loader rentals to trucks — whatever you need to get a tough job done on time. To learn more about our construction equipment attachment rentals, or heavy equipment rentals, contact us for a free quote or more information, or visit the NMC The Cat Rental Store online store today.