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Name Your Tool Carrier


Big Blue. Old Smoky. Shredder. When you give a machine a nickname, it’s a sign of respect. It’s genuine admiration for a piece of iron that finds work every day on almost every project, eating earth for breakfast, ferrying buckets full of debris during lunch and working way past dark (augering holes, breaking up concrete and who knows what else).

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Skid Steer Attachment Showcase

Find some of the most inventive implements for skid steers and track loaders.

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In the March 2012 Issue

Going with the Flow

When skid steers were first forged, they came with attachments. Back in 1957, when the forbearer of the modern skid steer was invented in Rothsay, Minn., by brothers Cyril and Louis Keller, the first units had only three wheels, a 6.6-hp Kohler engine and a rope starter, but they still took four attachments — a utility scoop, manure fork, snow blower and sweeper.

Attached to Utility Work

Public and private companies put excavators to good use when it comes to installing or repairing utilities. In fact, compact excavators can help increase productivity on any project requiring deep-digging capabilities and heavy-craning abilities, especially when paired with the appropriate attachment.

Figure Out Your Digger

From contractors to do-it-yourselfers, earth auger attachments for mini excavators are commonly used by many operators.

Catch and Release

Having a machine with a bulldog grip is an important advantage for construction-focused contractors, especially when moving products or spoils from Point A to Point B. Pair a thumb attachment to a compact excavator bucket and you have steel jaws that can capture, catch, clutch and collar objects as diverse as big landscape rocks and as awkward as rebar debris.

Compact Excavator Attachment Showcase

TEI Rock Drills makes pretty cool attachments. The Montrose, Colo.-based company manufactures a fairly awesome MME260 rock drill attachment, which uses its newly patented hydraulic drifters and feed systems.

The Evolution of Implements

The tractor has a rich history. It’s a machine that helped build the modern farm before taking its innovative design and hard work ethic into a variety of unique industries and applications.

Keep It Clean

Efficiency is key when accomplishing chores. From dropping off a pile of gravel in the yard to spearheading bunk feeding in the barn, a compact tractor can be your ultimate chore-conquering piece of equipment.

Out of the Snow, Not Out of Mind

Whether in a commercial or residential setting, full-time or part-time usage, a containment snow pusher is a common attachment found on small equipment such as skid steers and tractors.