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Plug and play: Attachments for construction equipment

February 17, 2015 -  By

With a slew of attachments available for compact construction equipment, we ID the top-purchased ones and match them to the tasks they’re best use for.

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Attachment care: 8 best practices

Power box rakes (pictured here) are ‘the mainstay’ for contractors for grading, says Stephen Kingsley of Paladin.

Power box rakes (pictured here) are ‘the mainstay’ for contractors for grading, says Stephen Kingsley of Paladin. PHOTO: Paladin Attachments

“Take care of the tool and it will take care of you,” advises Perry Girard, product marketing manager, construction components, at CNH Industrial, the parent company of Case Construction Equipment and New Holland. “While there’s a lot of variability with attachment maintenance and usage, if operated correctly and well maintained, you will extend the life of the attachment.”

Here, Girard offers eight best practices for prolonging the lifespan of your compact construction equipment attachments:

1. Use the attachment only for what it was designed for, meaning within its operational perimeters. Plus, pay attention to hydraulic flows.
2. Wash or clean attachments and equipment after every use.
3. Grease Zerk fittings daily to ensure your attachment is well lubricated.
4. Replace wear parts to keep your attachment running optimally and efficiently.
5. Replace teeth and bolt-on edges on a bucket
to extend bucket life.
6. Inspect loose parts and repair them to prevent failure.
7. Store machinery where it’s protected from the weather.
8. Keep your operator and maintenance manuals handy, and read them thoroughly.


Sources: Perry Girard, product marketing manager, construction components, CNH Industrial; Evan Moffitt, general manager
at KD Janni Landscaping, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Stephen Kingsley, marketing manager, Paladin Attachments

About the Author:

Former Associate Editor Sarah Pfledderer is a West Coast-based contributing editor for Landscape Management.

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