Improve Spring Landscaping Productivity with Versatile Attachments

by New member JasonHart on ‎03-11-2016 11:57 AM

C841555.jpgCertain attachments are essential in landscaping applications and with performance capabilities continuously improving, it is helpful to stay on top of the latest advancements when considering your next attachment purchase.


Preparing the Ground for Spring Landscaping

From post-winter terrain issues to new home construction, many landscaping companies are tasked with ground preparation jobs in the early months of spring. Fortunately, there are several attachments available today that can make ground clearing and preparation applications easier and much more efficient.


  • Mulchers are designed to shred underbrush, sapling, shrubs and trees. Today’s top tier mulcher attachments are engineered to minimize stalling. They also can improve recovery speed, lowering fuel consumption and completing the task faster.
  • Brushcutters are extremely powerful attachments that can reduce vegetation, brush and trees with up to a three inch diameter into manageable material.
  • Landscape rakes are engineered to pulverize, aerate, level and condition soil. These attachments simultaneously collect and remove rock debris—serving as an ideal solution for preparing new home site lawns for seeding and decorative work.
  • Power box rakes are another versatile solution for de-thatching, grading, leveling, raking, removing old lawns and weeds. They also function well for removing debris and preparing seedbeds.
  • Landscape tillers break up, mix and stabilize soils to prepare ideal conditions for healthy yard accent planting and growth.
  • Augers are commonly used for drilling holes and preparing the ground for fence posts. Top tier auger attachments are engineered with ideal speed and torque to extract soil efficiently and prevent stalling in dense ground.

Attachments for Material Handling and Transportation

Whether it’s removing ground debris or transporting materials such as mulch, turf and pavers to various areas on the job site, material handling attachments are essential to getting the job done in an efficient manner:


  • Multi-purpose (4-in-1) buckets can be used for a number of tasks in addition to general bucket work, including dozing, grading, leveling and unloading material.
  • Industrial grapple buckets are designed with heavy-duty tines to hold contents in place, making it easier to transport bulky, non-uniform material. These attachments are a good solution for removing fallen trees and other debris that has accumulated throughout the winter months.
  • Pallet forks are an ideal solution for stable material transportation. Pallet forks with tall backboards can secure loads for improved safety and efficiency.
  • Material handling arms serve as another method of efficiently lifting, carrying and loading a variety of materials and equipment around the job site.


Performance Matching Your Machines and Attachments
Without a doubt, you are going to get the greatest productivity out of your machine and attachments when the equipment is performance matched. Today’s top tier compact machines are engineered with several advancements to help operators get the job done efficiently. Starting with control pattern options, it is essential to purchase a machine that you and/or your operators are most comfortable operating. Whether it’s ISO pattern controls, H-pattern controls or hand and foot controls, it’s good to know that some manufacturers offer more than one control pattern option for their compact machines.


Additionally, quick couplers allow operators to change out attachments quickly, reducing the amount of time it takes to complete tasks requiring the use of a variety of tools.  Return-to-dig and work tool positioners allow operators to pre-set the attachment angle and automatically recall that setting when requested. This allows the operator to focus on the task at hand and let the machine position the tool with ease and precision each time.


To learn more about additional attachments for work in other phases of the landscaping industry, visit Cat® Landscaping. 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 the job site.  

  • Which attachments do you use for spring landscaping jobs?
  • Which attachments or attachment advancements have been helping you increase productivity?
  • Which attachments are so versatile that you can use them all year long?
  • Do you have an attachment wish list? Are the attachments on your list currently available on the market?
  • Which attachments should Caterpillar manufacture that would be particularly useful to you?
  • Do you buy or rent attachments?
  • When you buy attachments, do you buy them with a new machine or as needed?

by Mark Spitz
on ‎04-28-2016 03:26 PM

Do you happen to have the specs on the endline for the rotary girder?

by New member JasonHart
on ‎05-04-2016 03:00 PM

Very funny, Mark! I'm a big Tommy Boy fan myself.

-Jason Hart

by Heavy Equipment
on ‎12-10-2016 01:43 AM

I definitely agree with your point & new technology. Thanks for posting this informative article!


by New member mutasium
on ‎12-16-2016 04:04 AM

here a tip to prepare your home for spiring landscaping

When choosing landscaping and sizes of plants, estimate how large the plants will grow in 4 weeks, 4 months, etc… If you plant too small shrubs in front of your living room window, and then find out they are actually small trees, you may have to dig them up soon! Most plants will have height and growth requirements on the pots when purchased from your nursery. Pay attention to these, before you plant.

About the Author
  • I’m an Attachments Product Application & Sales Support Specialist for Caterpillar in North America. I have been with Caterpillar for five years including roles in the field as a dealer sales support representative and marketing support in the skid steer and small wheel loader product groups. I graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Agricultural Business and Economics. Our goal is to provide a full portfolio of attachments for our customers to be more productive and versatile with their machines.
  • I am an Industry and Application Rep for Caterpillar. I graduated from NC State 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 tobacco and 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."
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  • 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.
  • I am a Marketing Communications Specialist for Caterpillar with over twelve years of experience marketing the Cat brand to customers in Latin and North America. My goal is to arm customers with the information needed to make well informed purchase decisions; to maximize the value of Cat machines by using an array of Cat Work Tool attachments; and to minimize the total cost of ownership by using Cat parts and Cat Dealer service.
  • 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.
  • I am the National Association Manager for Caterpillar and have responsibility for customer associations and partnerships in multiple industries for Caterpillar. I have 12 years of experience at Caterpillar, and have spent most of those years in the field with dealers and customers around North America. I have always had a passion for equipment and find myself fortunate to be able to work with dealers and customers almost every day.
  • I am a Product Application Specialist with 16 years of experience in the industry. As a Building Construction Products Global Trainer, I focus on training dealers and customers on machines, attachments and applications as it relates to the construction, agriculture and landscaping segments.
  • I have been with Caterpillar for more than eight years, working in various roles including a materials engineer, a filters product manager and my current position as a parts consultant. My job allows me the opportunity to work with Cat dealers and customers providing insight on how the use of quality filters and fluids results in better equipment performance and lower owning and operating costs.
  • I am a marketing and sales support professional for Caterpillar. In this role, I work with our marketing and customer service teams to support or dealers and customers, concentrating on our Small Wheel Loader, Skid Steer Loader, Mini Excavator and Dozer product groups. The exchange of ideas, information and opinions about equipment and how it’s used in various industries on forums such as this blog helps me fulfill my role at Caterpillar to the best of my ability.
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  • I am a Product and Application Specialist with over 35 years experience at Caterpillar. I focus on helping you to determine the best Cat machines, work tool attachments, and services for you to use in the building and general construction, landscaping, specialty trades, and agricultural industries.
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  • Jeff Brown is a marketing professional for Caterpillar Skid Steer, Multi Terrain and Compact Track Loaders. Over Jeff's 12 years in the industry, he has visited with and studied the needs of customers across landscaping, construction, and agriculture segments. Delivering innovative solutions that solve customer's problems is Jeff's main focus.
  • 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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