The search for more work is a constant challenge. An often-overlooked way to add jobs is to look at the selection of attachments available for your equipment. Maybe you’ve seen an increased need in your area for site clearing, demolition work or snow removal, for example. The right attachment — often combined with the right ground engaging tool (GET) to increase efficiency and extend wear life — can create a whole new line of business or expand jobsite capabilities.
As you consider adding attachments and the associated GET, ask yourself these questions:
Buying used attachments can be a great way to get more value if you keep these factors in mind:
Take a look at your most typical jobs and map out the utilization for your machines. Are there periods where certain machines are sitting idle? Could those machines be working if you had the right attachment or GET? How many working hours would it take to recoup the cost?
Ensuring you have proper GET is a critical factor in uptime. Buckets or blades, tips or edges, rippers or side cutters — no matter the size, GET have a direct effect on your machine’s ability to produce. The right system can help you optimize penetration and reduce fuel use while increasing production and lowering your cost per hour. GET also protect your attachments from structural harm and wear, keeping costly blades, buckets and ripper shanks in working order and your machines on the job.
Maybe you could configure a machine to meet new demands in your area. Many mid-sized cities are renovating their downtowns. Excavators and backhoe loaders equipped with hammers, thumbs or grapples can work on demolition jobs. Depending on your terrain, site clearing and preparation could be accomplished with attachments. What about expanding into more demanding applications? Tools like Cat® Advansys™ GET provide more wear life even on the toughest jobs.
What’s the average snowfall in your region? Many contractors become successful snow removal companies in the winter months by adding the right attachment and leveraging their network of customers.
These systems allow operators to switch buckets and attachments quickly and safely right from the cab. When equipped with the right technology, machines can identify an attachment and automatically load the preferred operating settings.
Talk to your Cat dealer today about how adding an attachment can add to your bottom line — and how selecting the right GET for that attachment can protect your investment.