Certain attachments are particularly useful in agriculture applications, and with performance abilities continuously improving, it is helpful to stay on top of the latest advancements when considering your next attachment purchase.
Buckets: A “Must-Have”
Buckets are commonly used in the agriculture industry. They can be used for mucking out barns, moving silage and feed, and overall maintenance of the property. Because versatility and cost of ownership is an important factor, many farmers choose a multi-purpose bucket over a general purpose bucket. These buckets are also known as a 4-in-1 bucket, and serve four main functions:
General bucket work
Grapple for picking up and moving materials, such as logs or debris
Significantly increased fill factors – approaching 110 percent fill over other buckets
Improved material retention
Enhanced sight lines to the pile
Additional Attachments to Consider
Along with buckets, there are several other attachments that can make work around the farm easier and more productive:
Bale spears are designed specifically for the agriculture marketplace to load and carry bales of hay and straw. Every feedlot and cattle farmer in the country has this attachment.
Brushcutters help to keep the property manicured. They are especially popular on the east coast of the U.S. where grass and weeds can be an issue. Landscape and power box rakes are also used to shape and level terrain. Power box rakes are especially useful for preparing ground around buildings for seed and smoothing out gravel roads.
Augers are commonly used for drilling holes for fence posts. They can significantly reduce time spent on putting up large perimeters of fencing.
Performance Matching Your Machines and Attachments Without a doubt, you are going to get the greatest productivity out of your attachments if using them with a machine that can optimize their performance. When spec’ing your next purchase, it’s important to consider features that are designed to increase efficiency and ease-of-use for the operator. For example:
Quick couplers allow operators to change out attachments quickly and allow the machine to earn its keep in doing several jobs around the farm.
Return-to-dig and work tool positioners allow you to pre-set the attachment angle and automatically recall that setting when requested. This is very handy when trenching water or electric lines to barns or from ponds to watering troughs. This is also helpful for loading silage into feed bins or going back for another hay bale.
Creep mode gives you the ability to adjust ground speed in correlation to engine speed. Traveling at a slow ground speed with full engine horsepower and hydraulic flow is especially useful for trenching operations, brush cutting or rolling barbed wire for cattle fences.
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