Top 5 Excavator Attachments for Landscapers
- Guides, Tips, & Knowledge Centre
- 28 Mar, 2022
Landscaping can be an overwhelming field to venture into. Whether you are a novice or a professional, the array of tools, machines and attachments can be a minefield to explore and understand. The possibilities are endless. So, the Rhinox team have put together a list of what we believe are the Top 5 Attachments for Landscapers:
- Digging Bucket
- Ripper Teeth
- Micro Trenching Bucket
- Rake Riddle Bucket
- Manual Quick Hitch
1. Digging Bucket
Alternative names: General Purpose, Trenching Bucket
The first attachment we recommend is a standard digging bucket. Every landscaper’s ‘must have’ attachment.
The digging bucket fixes to the dipper arm and does exactly what it says on the tin…it digs. They are suitable for digging and trenching in order to move or remove soil and aggregate from the ground. They usually come in a variety of sizes to best fit the requirements of the job. The bigger the bucket, the wider the trench and the more material you are able to move per bucket load.
The Digging Bucket can be manufactured to have bolt-on blades or teeth, these bucket edges perform differently and have specific benefits. Bolt-on blades are ideal for digging trenches with a flat bottom, great for laying pipes or creating ditches. The double-sided blade allows for it to be removed, rotated, and reattached when the facing side becomes dull through use. Bolt-on teeth are best used for digging through tougher ground, the teeth help to penetrate the surface easier than a blade can.
The Rhinox Digging Bucket range has been designed and manufactured to meet the requirements of plant hire and groundworks companies. Optimising features from market research and hi-tech CAD designs.
2. Ripper Teeth
Alternative names: Frost Ripper Teeth, Ripper Hook, Ground Hook, Digger Claw
How do you dig or break up the ground if your digging bucket can’t get through it?
Ripper teeth are the tools for the job! They are designed to break through hard ground as well as dig up stubborn rocks, tree roots and old pipes buried underground. The ripper tooth design concentrates the power of the machine onto the small endpoint of the attachment. This maximises the breakout force (penetration force) used on stubborn terrain - breaking through the rock, compact and clay. Using a standard digging bucket for this task would likely damage the bucket blade/teeth so utilising the ripper teeth prior to digging with a bucket would be more efficient and beneficial to the longevity of your equipment. Ripper teeth are also capable of breaking through frozen grounds in colder seasons and climates.
3. Micro Trenching Bucket
Alternative names: Deep Dig Bucket, Virgin Media bucket
Probably the least obvious on this list is Micro Trenching Bucket. This product was initially developed to create small trenches for fibre optic broadband installations. But more recently, has been used for landscaping tasks such as: running pipeworks through barns and field, small drainage trenches, irrigation and more. The narrower trenches save time on excavation and backfilling, but also save money on remediation of surfaces such as tarmac as the area to be restored is much smaller.
The Micro-Trenching Bucket is useful in many other sectors including Nursery Plantations and greenhouses, open farms, new housing developments, industrial units and washdown facilities, agriculture and animal husbandry, public open spaces, recreation and sports facilities, holiday campsites and mobile home developments.
The Rhinox Micro Trenching Bucket is made with an innovative Uni-Tusk hardened tip which provides more strength and resistance to the bucket. The durability of the Uni-Tusk helps to prolong the life of the bucket enabling you to get more use for your money compared to others on the market. The tip is also able to be replaced if/when necessary.
4. Rake Riddle Bucket
Alternative names: General Purpose Rake, Rake Bucket
Most landscapers like to rake and riddle the ground of debris before starting work. The Rake Riddle Bucket allows you to do that using just one attachment.
A standard Land Clearance Rake acts similarly to a comb – raking over the surface and bringing sorted materials into a pile prior to further landscaping. It quickly and easily removes small shrubs, brambles, rubbish and more without removing too much soil.
Riddle Buckets, also commonly known as Shaker Buckets or Skeleton Buckets, are designed with a slotted back. This feature is used for sorting aggregate and soil. This bucket offers an efficient way to riddle stones and bricks from soil and aggregate on site.
As the name suggests, the Rake Riddle Bucket is the combination of a Land Clearance Rake and Riddle Bucket in one. The rake style tines and Riddle Bucket style body create the perfect tool for landscape clearance – giving you the option to rake, riddle and clear material, such as: stones, rocks, and roots in one movement. It is also effective at clearing dykes and drains, pulling out weeds and other accumulated, unwanted material to help amend blockages. It also saves the cost of maintaining and utilising two separate buckets.
5. Manual Quick Hitch
Alternative names: Quick Coupler, Quick Attach, Mechanical Hitch, Manual Hitch, Pin Grabber.
So, how will you quickly and easily switch between all of these attachments without causing unnecessary wear to your machine or the attachments? The Quick Hitch will be your best friend for this.
The Manual Quick Hitch is most commonly used with construction machines, such as mini diggers/excavators, to allow the rapid change of buckets and attachments. The Rhinox hitch has a lever and latch system that removes the requirement to use hammers to manually drive pins in and out. Bucket changes can be as quick as taking a safety pin out and using a lever to open the latch, allowing your bucket to be un-hooked. This quick and virtually effortless mechanism reduces the time it takes to switch between attachments, increasing the efficiency of the machine and allowing you to carry out a variety of necessary landscaping tasks in a smaller time frame.
A quick hitch not only saves your machine from unnecessary wear, but it also reduces the wear on your buckets, attachments, and tipping links as they are exposed to less force than if you were manually pin driving. This maximises the overall lifespan of your equipment and reduces the amount of hard labour required.
This blog is an updated version of our previous 'Top 4 Excavator Attachments for Landscapers' blog. View previous version here.
CREDITS: Written by Catherine Jordan of Rhinox-Group Ltd. Find the original article here: Top 5 Excavator Attachments for Landscapers – Rhinox-Group