Compact Equipment

JAN 2019

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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18 Compact Equipment JANUARY 2019 AT T A C H M E N T C E N T R A L Attachments Continue to Evolve with Automation and Monitoring Technologies By Jason Boerger SMARTER TOOLS O ne of the more visible examples of the compact equipment industry's momentum is the development of excavator and loader attachments. It wasn't long ago that attachment catalogs typically started at the beginning of the alphabet with augers, ended with wheel saws and contained dozens of task-oriented hydraulic tools in between. While versatile attachments have always been designed to enhance equipment fleets and assist operators with projects by reducing labor — and that won't likely change — today's compact machine operators now benefit from technologies aimed at increasing accuracy in grading and excavating applications and general attachment management. Grade and Depth Control for Excavators Tasks such as trenching for footings or utility lines or grading ditches call for a consistent grade or sustained slope. For excavators, grade control technologies are tak- ing the legwork out of the project and helping operators dig faster and more accurately. The technology is designed to use a series of sensors that are connected to an instru-

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