Mini excavator attachments turn your digging machine into a multi-tool. With a mini excavator, the right skills and application-matched attachments, you can handle a two- or even three-person job by yourself. Renting or purchasing attachments is also a proven way to add new service lines to your business.
Buckets are perhaps the most versatile attachments for your mini excavator.
Common bucket types include:
These narrow buckets are available in several different widths so that you can dig a precision trench in a single pass.
These buckets are wider and have a smooth edge. They are great for grading, sloping, backfilling and moving light material.
Heavy-duty buckets are built of high-strength steel and made for digging or loading in rocky conditions or with moving abrasive material.
Angle Tilt Bucket
Angle tilt buckets are similar to grading buckets, but they can also tilt in either direction. This tilting ability makes them useful for creating precision 3D slopes.
Check your excavator’s bucket teeth regularly. Look for wear and cracks. Be sure to replace them as needed. You can get replacement bucket teeth from your local dealer.
Here are more of the most popular mini excavator attachments.
Common Uses: Picking and placing.
Hydraulic thumbs are highly recommended if you need to frequently pick up and move irregularly shaped objects with your excavator. Unlike a rigid thumb, a hydraulic thumb is easier to adjust for grabbing objects of different sizes and you can fold it away for digging without leaving the cab.
Operators can easily open or close a hydraulic thumb using a thumbwheel on the joystick. Operators can adjust the speed at which the thumb opens and closes. This helps avoid crushing objects when closing the thumb.
Common Uses: Quickly switching attachments.
Quick couplers make it simple to switch attachments on your excavator without needing to hammer out pins. Choose a mechanical quick coupler, which requires the operator to exit the cab. Or get a hydraulic quick coupler, which enables operators to change attachments by pushing buttons in the cab.
Common Uses: Concrete and asphalt demolition; breaking rocks for excavation.
Breakers are a useful addition to almost any trailer. In addition to being a demolition tool, a breaker can make an excavation job in rocky soils easier too. If you hit a large rock, put the breaker on, smash it and keep digging.
Mini Excavator Auger Attachment
Common Uses: Excavating holes for fence posts, concrete piers and pylons; digging holes for planting trees.
Different augers and bits are available for light-duty or heavy-duty work. Tree augers are narrower at the bottom of the bit and wider at the top to create holes well-suited for planting trees.
Inspect Your Excavator's Hydraulic Lines
Before investing in hydraulic attachments for your excavator, check the lines running along the boom. You may need assistance from your dealer to configure your machine for use with specific attachments, such as breakers or augers.
It’s also a good idea to check where the hydraulic hoses connect. Some manufacturers mount them on the boom; others on the arm. Make sure the hydraulic hoses for your attachments are long enough. Look for hose wear as you put the attachments to use. Repair hoses as soon as you see any damage to prevent a leak and avoid downtime.
Find a Mini Excavator Attachment Dealer
To see mini excavator attachments in person, find your nearest dealer.