A compact excavator, commonly called a mini excavator, is a smaller version of larger heavier duty excavators although they play an important role in many construction and demolition applications. Choosing the right Bobcat mini excavator attachments and auxiliary hydraulic couplings is just as important for the compact excavator as it is with the larger equipment. Mini excavators offer the same versatility and efficient production with various attachments performing a wide range of uses such as:
- Digging holes
- Plowing snow
- Landscaping work
- Repairing sewer lines
- Digging small trenches
- Demolishing small structures
- Digging swimming pools or ponds
Because mini excavators are smaller than other types of heavy duty equipment, they are typically used for small to medium-sized projects.
Bobcat Mini Excavator Bucket and Other Attachments
Choosing the right Bobcat mini excavator attachments and maintaining quick and efficient attachment changeovers makes the biggest impact on your productivity. With simple compact excavator attachment changeovers, operators are more likely to choose the proper size of Bobcat mini excavator thumb attachment, hydraulic breaker, mini excavator bucket, grapple or any other valuable attachment. Check out this Case Study – Hydraulic Thumb Plumbing Solutions to see how Stucchi improves excavator thumb attachment operation. Utilizing the proper excavator attachment means less wear and tear on your machine, less time spent backfilling and greater fuel savings.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Bobcat Mini Excavator Attachments
When selecting attachments, keep these important points in mind. You can help out your equipment dealer by being prepared with the specifications they need for solid recommendations. To select the right mini excavator attachment and hydraulics, you’ll need to know the type of material you will be working with an production requirements. Have your machine specs ready such as your equipment model number, lift weight capacities, tipping load, counterweight size and any other basic configurations for any machine that might be working with the attachment.
When using a bobcat hydraulic breaker or any other attachments that require hydraulics, be sure that you understand the auxiliary hydraulics and know your machine’s hydraulic flow in gallons per minute (gpm) and pressure (psi) output. Some mini excavator attachments may require a third or fourth hydraulic function capability which all machines may not be equipped with.
Hydraulics run your mini excavator’s auxiliary circuit, providing power to the ground while enabling tilting and lifting powering attachments. The criteria for standard flow or high flow may differ among manufacturers, so you need to know how your machine is equipped and what is required. The typical flow on a standard flow machine is 22 gpm, while high flow circuits can exceed 26 gpm and 3,300 psi. High flow machines specified as XPS can typically maintain maximum pressure of 4,050 psi regardless of low or high idle and operate with 33 gpm.
Stucchi Offers Mini Excavator Auxiliary Hydraulic Solutions
Stucchi offers a team of hydraulic specialists dedicated to helping you get the most out of your Bobcat mini excavator attachments with reliable and durable auxiliary hydraulics. We offer a wide selection of high quality hydraulic quick couplers including our VEP threaded flat face quick coupling line, with heavy duty and locking versions for demanding applications.