Posted on Jul 31, 2020
A front end loader is easily one of the most versatile tractor implements with numerous applications for property owners, farmers and construction workers alike. When paired with the right loader attachments, this equipment is capable of handling a wide variety of material handling tasks, saving you a lot of hassle and more importantly, time. Below, we list our top five attachments to pair with your loader.
1) Loader BucketsWhether it’s earth, rocks or muck you’ve got to move, there are a variety of buckets to choose from. If you could only get one bucket attachment for the rest of your tractor’s life, we’d recommend the 4-in-1 bucket. You can expect to move a whole lot more from point A to B than dirt, gravel and sand with this adaptable tool. In addition to loose smaller materials, you can manage larger debris like logs and even tackle grading and smoothing projects. Our second favorite bucket from Frontier is the rock bucket. This equipment is a great specialty option for those who are working on construction or landscaping projects that require sifting through soil to remove larger debris. You’ll accomplish these types of tasks more quickly and efficiently with their efficient, slatted design.
2) Pallet ForksPallet forks are highly functional compact tractor attachments made for moving heavy and bulky materials. From seed and nutrient product, to moving lumber and other supplies like fence building material, this loader attachment allows you to move a lot at once on a flat surface, and it comes with generous payload capacities. Unlike loader buckets, this equipment is best for contained material.
3) GrapplesOne of the most efficient ways to handle brush, storm, flood and demolition cleanup is with a grapple attachment. Two options available are bucket grapples, which are comprised of a bucket functioning as the bottom piece and a rake-like component on top, and root grapples, which are comprised of matching rake-like tops and bottoms. Both are designed to clutch and transport heavy and bulky debris; however, the root grapple is capable of getting closer to and even into the ground with its forked bottom piece. This can allow you to capture a little more with each scoop depending on the materials you’re working with and can even sift through dirt to grab larger rocks. There are many additional practical applications for this type of equipment including clearing construction areas, properly disposing of old hay, or even moving logs for building material and fire wood among a long list of others.
4) Hay HandlingThere are a lot of ways to move hay depending on the size and shape of your bales as well as your tractor’s capacity. A bale spear comes in handy for moving bales off the field and onto the trailer efficiently, so that they can be transported to their next location more quickly. You can also count on this tool to help you unload the bales and get them to their final destination. One major benefit of using this attachment is that it won’t disturb the bale too much, so you won’t lose a lot of nutrient rich material during transport. Three-point bale spears look exactly the way they sound and are especially adept at this because they provide extra stability, thereby preventing the bale from spinning around during transport.
5) Snow ManagementFor those who have all four seasons to contend with, there are three excellent front loader attachments to consider depending on the type of snow management you have ahead of you. Front blades work great for smaller jobs by rolling the snow within their curved shape rather than pushing it. For harder to reach areas like fences and near buildings, snow pushers make for a good option. They have a boxier shape and make quicker work of these challenging areas by pushing the snow in the direction you’re driving. Lastly, for bigger jobs, a loader-mounted snow blower can cover the most ground the quickest by taking the snow up and out of the way and shooting it into a snow bank.
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