Construction and Demolition Attachments Information

 How to Select Construction and Demolition AttachmentsHow to Select Construction and Demolition AttachmentsHow to Select Construction and Demolition Attachments

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Construction and demolition attachments are specialized implements that are attached to and used with heavy machinery to perform a task.




Construction and demolition attachments are designed for use with construction, mining, forestry, and recycling machinery such as:


  • Backhoes
  • Bulldozers
  • Compactors
  • Excavators
  • Motor graders
  • Loaders
  • Scrapers
  • Skid steers
  • Tractors
  • Logging equipment
  • Quarry equipment


Additional applications for heavy equipment attachments include coal, mulch, rock, scrap, trash and woodchip handling; earth moving and snow removal; and metal recycling and reclamation.


Types of Construction and Demolition Attachments


There are many different types of construction and demolition attachments.


  • Buckets are designed for heavy-duty digging. They vary in terms of width, but often have replaceable teeth.
  • Bucket takes are similar to buckets, but have a progressive-link thumb.
  • Grapples provide 360-degree continuous rotation and full articulation. Categories include rock grapples and clamshells.
  • Hydraulic thumbs are designed for gripping and are capable of 135-140 degrees of rotation.
  • Quick couplers permit rapid changeovers from one type of heavy equipment attachment to another.
  • Slope packers are heavy equipment attachments for packing and roughening slopes.
  • Claws are designed for grabbing and may include a hydraulic check valve to prevent accidental release.
  • Boom attachments are used with forklifts and can perform some of the same functions as jib cranes.
  • Brush cutters, stump grinders, and stirrers are excavator attachments used with landscaping equipment.
  • Forks, pallet forks, and fork attachments are used with agricultural loaders and skidders.
  • Hay handlers are used with farming equipment during haying operations.
  • Root rakes are towed behind tractors, but are designed to remove roots and stumps.
  • Rock rakes are heavy equipment attachments that collect rocks into a basket and allow soil to sift back through.
  • Grading blades are designed for use on skid steers and may feature a hydraulic side-shift and end-wing kit.


Additiional types of construction and demolition attachments include:


  • Rippers
  • Saws
  • Scarifiers
  • Snow blades
  • Snow removal devices
  • Squeezes
  • Sweepers
  • Tree shears
  • Single tooth rippers
  • Compaction wheels
  • Tilt buckets
  • Clearing rakes
  • Skeleton buckets
  • Bell-hole grave buckets





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