When it comes to performing construction jobs that involve moving large quantities of earth, bulldozers are a favoured choice of work equipment. These robust and powerful crawlers (tracked heavy construction equipment) normally come with a blade mounted in the front to cut and push large amounts of soil and other debris from a land surface. While the blade is the most common and important attachment, it is not the only attachment that can be installed on a bulldozer. In fact, multiple attachments for bulldozing equipment can be provided upon request.
Here is a look at some common types of attachments that can be optionally fitted to bulldozers.
Mounted in the rear, the ripper is designed to do exactly what its name implies — rip through the ground to break up material into smaller pieces. It is ideally used when there is a need to quickly and easily break up hard material such as rock, sandstone, limestone, coral shale, asphalt, concrete and frozen ground. Hence, the use of the ripper is commonly seen in mining, pavement removal and replacement projects, restoration of frozen ground, as well as the construction of structures on sites with compacted soil.
When it comes to land clearing operations by bulldozer, a brush rake is a vital attachment. The rake can be used to push roots and small trees into piles to allow for quicker removal from the job site. Brush rakes can be directly attached to the sides of the blade, thus avoiding the need to remove the blade completely. These rakes help to accelerate clean-up tasks because they can filter out the unwanted debris from piling while leaving the unscreened soil behind.
Bulldozers are known for their usefulness when it comes to scraping and moving large quantities of earth. But when it comes to scooping applications, a front loader would be a better choice of work equipment. By removing the blade in the front of a dozer and replacing it with a large scoop, any dozer can work just as well as a front loader. The scoop can be used to scoop large amounts of dirt and load it onto awaiting trucks ready for haulage from the construction site.
As you can clearly see from the above-discussed points, there are several attachments that can be used to add flexibility to bulldozers. With the right selection of attachments, construction contractors can perform a more versatile range of tasks than ever before.