Improving Productivity in Agriculture with Versatile Attachments

by New member BarnCat on ‎12-02-2015 11:39 AM

Q4 Ag Blog Image.jpgCertain 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:

  1. General bucket work
  2. Grapple for picking up and moving materials, such as logs or debris
  3. Dozer blade for pushing
  4. Box blade for smoothing lose ground

 

Recent advancements in buckets, particularly for compact and small wheel loaders, are further increasing productivity and operator efficiency with a new, patented design that allows:

  • Easier, faster loading
  • 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.

 

To learn more about utilizing attachments for work in the agriculture industry, visit www.cat.com/ag. For additional information, contact your local Cat® dealer or visit us online.

 

We’d like to hear about how you use machines and attachments on your farm or ranch.  

  • Which attachments do you use for day-to-day operations?
  • Which attachments or attachment advancements have been helping you increase productivity?
  • How do you get the most out of 4-in-1 buckets?
  • Which attachments are so versatile that you can use them all year long, whether you are harvesting crops, feeding livestock or plowing snow?
  • Do you have an attachment wish list? Are the attachments on your list currently available on the market?
  • Which attachments should Caterpillar produce that would be particularly useful to you?

About the Author
  • I am a Pre-Field Agriculture/Product Application Representative for Caterpillar. I recently graduated from North Carolina State University with a dual degree in Agriculture Business Management and Agriculture Science, concentrating in Leadership and Environmental Technologies. I focus primarily on the relationships between customers, dealers, and the product specialists for the Building Construction Products division. Growing up on a beef cattle farm, I have several years of machine operation experience and agricultural knowledge. Thomas Jefferson said it best in that, "Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness."
  • I’m a Compact Wheel Loader Product Application Specialist for Caterpillar in North America. I have 11 years of experience, including roles in the field as a dealer technical support representative, and as a distributor business model consultant.  I graduated from North Carolina State University with a Mechanical Engineering Degree, and wanted a job where I didn't have to sit in front of a computer all day.  This job allows me to get out and get my hands dirty, with the goal of providing solutions to customers’ machine needs.
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  • I am an expert Operator and Application Specialist for Caterpillar concentrating on products used in the construction trades industry. I operate, evaluate and train on Cat machines and Work Tool Attachments worldwide. I have a Degree in Agricultural Engineering, Craftsman Certified and was named Apprentice of the Year 1981 at the University of East Anglia, UK.
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  • I am a North American Product and Application Specialist for Caterpillar. In this role, I have had the opportunity to represent Caterpillar at various trade shows and train customers on new Small Wheel Loader content. I graduated from Purdue University in 2001 with a Mechanical Engineering degree and have spent the past 15 years with Caterpillar in various engineering roles. Growing up in the Mid-West, I have always loved the cold and the unique activities winter enables. Unfortunately, I had to give those up when I moved to North Carolina. I don't care what people say, you never get used to a hot climate.
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