5 Excavator Attachments That Every Construction Industry Should Have

Excavation Machinery

An excavator is a machine often used in the construction industry and heavy work sites. It can handle a number of tasks ranging from drilling through hard surfaces to carrying heavy loads. It is equipped with sturdy wheels and track chains for improved mobility on various surfaces. Its different tools and attachments allow operators to complete work in a efficient and timely manner.

Machines that were traditionally designed for a single task are now compatible with multiple excavation attachments. Here is a list of some most important excavation attachments that you should have.

1. Augurs

An auger is a type of excavator attachment used for drilling holes. It is a tool that can be used to quickly dig a hole even in tight spaces, where buckets cannot fit.

Augers have a dual swing attachment and can maintain a vertical position at any angle. There are many types of drills and motors on the market to choose from, depending on the depth and diameter of the hole you need.

2. Hammers

Hammers are heavy duty attachments that are used for the demolition of structures and breaking heavy rocks. Most hammers use a hydraulic system to deliver precision blows in a single spot.

In situations where you need more power, drop hammers are a great choice. They use gravity to deliver a very powerful blow. They are less accurate and more expensive than hydraulic breakers, however.

3. Blades

There are generally two types of blades that you can choose, depending on the task you need to accomplish.

Grading blades: Grading blades are large attachments for leveling large areas with precision. They are usually used for major projects like roads, airport runways, and large foundations. They are also sometimes used to move snow and ice in areas with heavy snowfall. They are very heavy and need a lot of control, and therefore require skilled drivers.

Dozer blades: These blades are used for pushing material. You can easily level a surface by pushing and spreading earth with this horizontal attachment. They can perform most of the functions of grading blades for small and medium scale work. Laser-guided models also exist for better performance, and they are affordable. Most importantly, they can be used in small spaces, where grading blades cannot fit.

4. Grapplers

Grapples are used for lifting and sorting purposes. They can lift objects of almost any shape. Most grapples have a hydraulic mechanism with internal cylinders which are suitable for lifting smaller items, but for heavy lifting mechanical grapples are best.

5. Buckets with Thumbs

Buckets have the advantage of flexibility, especially if they are combined with thumb attachments. Buckets with thumbs come is many different sizes, and either mechanical or hydraulic systems. They can be used to dig holes and move earth, or to lift and move large items.


This article has described some commonly used excavator attachments and their uses. Be sure to select the right ones for your construction site, and you will see improved efficiency and cost savings.

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Matthew Lesniak is a Mechanical Engineering graduate working within the exciting field of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), better known as drones. His day-to-day work focuses on supporting drone manufacturers, facilitating certification processes, as well as advancing research and development projects. Matthew’s hobbies include travelling with his wife, playing board games, reading and staying active.

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