Common Types Of Attachments For Excavators

Heavy construction equipment wouldn't be as useful if you were not able to customize the equipment to meet your specific needs. For this reason, it's important to know the attachments that are available for your heavy equipment, that you can get at Steves Equipment Attachments


One of the most common attachments that construction contractors are familiar with are excavator buckets. They look similar to a scoop but are able to remove a larger volume of material. The attachment is made from strong materials and comes with teeth that allow for materials to be broken up so that they can be more easily scooped. The teeth also serve the role of absorbing the impact of the bucket to avoid damaging the bucket. 

An important part of using an excavation bucket is that you must use a bucket that has a size that is suitable for the needs of your construction project. Buckets come in different sizes, but all are meant to be very sturdy and will typically have an attachment point that allows the excavator bucket to swivel. 


One type of bucket is an excavator's thumb. This not only allows the excavator to scoop an object but also allows the operator to avoid damaging an object by lifting it without breaking it. This is done by pinching the object. This device acts as an add-on to the bucket and can be useful when moving fallen trees.

Vibratory Plate Compactors

Another attachment is a vibratory plate compactor. Sometimes, you need to compact asphalt, concrete or soil. Buildings need to have a firm foundation upon which they are built. But the soil on the construction site might be uneven. A vibratory plate compactor causes the substrate to compact downward. Substrate pieces break and will then naturally fill the void underneath. Heavy plates carried by an excavator are especially important when compacting asphalt and concrete. Some vibratory plate compactors are rollers that have a shape that is similar to a small tractor. 


A sweeper is another useful attachment. These are devices that are often powered by hydraulics or electricity. They are designed to withstand a lot of stress before they break. You'll also want to find a sweeper that is designed to withstand the temperatures that your sweeper will likely be subjected to. This type of attachment is useful for road reclamation, dirt and debris removal, and ground harvesting. During the winter, these sweepers are often used for snow removal as well.