Excavator attachments come in a wide variety and some of the more popular attachments apart from augers and buckets include the hammer, flail mover, grading blade, the grapple and the ripper. These hydraulic attachments are often used in sequence within the scope of a construction project as from start to finish an excavator is usually required to perform a range of tasks that use different attachments at different stages of the project timeline. In this installment, we will examine the five attachments mentioned above that are commonly used by both mini and standard excavators for various construction projects.
The Hammer Attachment
This particular attachment is critical towards breaking things up rocks and other swath of materials including concrete slabs or stones. Sometimes referred to as a breaker this attachment in essence function like an oversized jackhammer that uses intense impact to weaken and break up targeted material. Hammers come in a range of different shapes and sizes just like most other attachments, hammer shapes in particular are essential towards managing targeted material that requires breaking. Hence, choosing the right type of hammer is critical with regards to job efficiency. For instance the Moil often utilized for trenching jobs and demolishing re-barred concrete and trenching, on the other hand the ‘Chisel’ as the term indicates is also used for demolition work and as well as concrete excavation which require angled strike. There is also the blunt hammer that is good for crushing objects that have a large surface area.
The Flail Mower
The flail mower is perfect for landscaping projects which are generally too testy for regular mowers to manage which is the primary reason as to why the flail mower was developed as the excavator operator is not only able to mow more, but he or she will also be able to angle it in such a way that it behaves like a hedge trimmer and are perfect for cutting tall grass and shrubs that would be otherwise too hard to reach. The fact that flails have unique “bounce off” objects such as rocks is in fact an advantage over conventional mowers which often fling rocks and other hard objects that they encounter whilst mowing. This makes the conventional mower a safety hazard at project sites and structures surrounding the site. Flail mowers are also easier to maintain as replacement of cutters is much easier than replacing blades. The flail mower is also attachable to mini excavators which are often referred to as brush cutter attachments making even a mini excavator hire more versatile and valuable.
In the next installment of this article series we will look into the other 3 most commonly utilized attachments which are the grading blade, the grapple and the ripper. Along the line of this series we will also browse the technological advancements of revolving around excavators, mini excavators, business concepts such as excavators for hire and much more.