Looking to Add More Revenue? Add an Attachment or GET.





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:


Are you comfortable investing in used?

Buying used attachments can be a great way to get more value if you keep these factors in mind:

  • Know critical systems and common wear points that should be inspected on a used attachment and ask to see a working demonstration.
  • Take any relevant machine/tool specifications into consideration, such as hydraulic flow and pressure requirements or control compatibility.
  • Check with your equipment dealer to see if they have used attachments available. Your dealer may have sold or serviced those tools and be able to confirm condition and service history.
  • If you’re still not ready to purchase, see if the attachment you’re interested in is available as a rental so you can conduct a trial run.


Could you use an attachment or GET to improve uptime on your current jobs?

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.


Are there other jobs you could bid if you had different attachments or GET?

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.


Are there seasonal opportunities you should consider?

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.


Could you increase efficiency with a quick coupler system?

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.



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