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Discover the 5 must-have attachments for your beloved machine.

As civil and mining work piles up across the country, companies are now having to find new ways to purchase heavy equipment due to high demand and limited supply.

These businesses are finding great alternative ways to source their gear. Purchasing previous models in auction from those that have upgraded to new equipment, is an effective time and money saver!

With Australia’s growing population and the demand for better infrastructure ever increasing (particularly in commercial construction), earthmoving equipment is the new booming industry.

Excavator attachments make a single piece of gear so versatile and ready to take on anything that gets thrown at it which is essential in order to keep the jobs rolling in!

As we all work towards creating a better Australia, the importance of creating a strong and sustainable recycling sector is clear.

Now more than ever, environmentally conscious decisions in construction are at the forefront of people’s minds. Recycling materials as opposed to dumping them, has become a popular choice across the industry.

Keeping that in mind, let’s break it down to what we think the Top 5 must have excavator attachments are!


Between 1950 and 1980, the use of concrete in construction reached an all time high. Now a lot of those structures are starting to reach the end of their life span leading to a massive amount of demolition waste.

A pulveriser is an excavator attachment which can fit anywhere from a 14T machine to an 80T machine. 

Pulverisers’ teeth are especially efficient for piercing concrete, which is usually the most complicated step in crushing concrete, making the entire process easier.

The predominant use for this versatile attachment is the recycling of concrete and demolition waste.

Not only is effective for demolition and recycling but for the separation of rebar from concrete. By making it possible to recycle rebars directly on site, they can cut down demolition time significantly!


Similar to a pulveriser, the predominant use of a cutter attachment is the recycling of steel and demolition waste.

A steel cutter attachment (also known as shears) is for the demolition of steel structures like buildings and tanks. It is also used in scrapyards for secondary breaking and recycling. 

If concrete isn’t part of the demolition picture but steel is, a cutter attachment is most efficient as it is able to cut through steel more effectively than a tool designed for use on multiple types of material.


Grapples have a wide range of functions, from clamping to material handling and can be used in a variety of ways. 

A grapple is ideal for land and rock clearing, scrap handling, and loading oddly shaped objects like demolition debris. A grapple can clear a work site more effectively than anything else!

Most commonly used in landscaping, road construction or recycling industries, grapples are also a must-have in the logging industry in order to carry large amounts of tree logs at once.

There are two kinds of common grapples, the contractor’s grapple and the demolition grapple. The contractor’s grapple has a fixed bottom jaw with an upper jaw that moves which requires less maintenance and is good for more basic work. 

The demolition grapple can move high volumes of material and is highly desired for its strength and durability.

Screening bucket

A screening bucket is heavy-duty attachment ideal for working in an environment that has several different materials that need sorting.

This attachment can assist with waste collection, handling, sorting and reprocessing in a time-saving and cost-effective way, an absolute necessity for an effective recycling process!

The bucket is filled in the normal manner and powered up by engaging the hammer circuit. During the screening process the larger items stay in the bucket with the smaller falling through the gaps.

An essential attachment for distinguishing and separating scrap material, demolition material and filling material for excavations, a screening bucket would be great for cleaning beaches, the retrieval of stones and rocks in waterways and ideal for soil reclamation procedures.

Pile Driver

A vibratory pile driver system provides exceptional assistance for the construction of many building foundations.

The pile driver (also known as a vibratory hammer pile driver) is mounted to an excavator with all hydraulic functions run from the controls inside the excavator cab.

This attachment is fastened to the pile by a clamp or bolts and uses the excavator’s hydraulics to quickly pick up, unload, place, drive and extract the piling.

The vibrations make it easier to push a pile through soil and makes the process a lot more efficient!

Vibratory pile drivers are often used to minimise the site noise when the construction is near residences or office buildings. It also is a necessity when there is not enough vertical clearance to allow the use of a conventional pile hammer like under a bridge, for example.

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Matt Kalinski

Head Of Valuations

Qualifications & Affiliations

American Society of Appraisers Candidate Member

Certified Practicing Valuer AVAA


Matt has been in the valuations space for many years and has extensive experience in the space across an abundance of various industries. He now leads the valuations teams for Lloyds Auctions with a passion for encouraging his team to set and achieve high goals and produce great results for the company whilst growing the team’s skills starting with a great culture and team mindset.