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NEW PRODUCT: Excavator Flail Mowers for Excavators up to 7 tons!

Excavator Flail Mowers for Excavators up to 7 tons!

An excavator flail attachment is a type of heavy-duty machinery that is commonly used in construction, land clearing, and forestry work. It is an attachment that can be mounted on the excavator, and it is designed to cut down and mulch vegetation, such as trees, bushes, and other plants, as well as to clear debris and other materials. Typically lighter and cheaper than a full size forestry mulcher – they are more designed towards brush and grass clearing making it ideal on a mini excavator. 

The introduction of the excavator flail mowers adds to our range of attachments suited for the forestry and land clearing industry. Made by Cangini Benne in Italy (a Kinshofer company) these flails are designed to be light and nimble on the machine to allow maximum flexibility. But also heavy duty and well built to last and tackle tough jobs. 

Current Forestry Range from The Attachment Company: 

Auger Torque Hedge Trimmer – Skid Steers & Excavators – Trims branches up to 1.5” 

Cangini Flail Mower/Mulcher – Skid Steers & Excavators – mulcher material up to 2.5-3” diameter

Sidney Attachments TBL1000 Tree Shear – Skid Steers & Excavators – Cuts trees up to 10” diameter

Sidney Attachments HTC & HTC Plus – Skid Steers & Excavators – Cuts Trees up to 16” diameter

Auger Torque Stump Planer – Skid Steers & Excavators – Small to Medium Size Stump Removal

Solesbee’s Stump Puller – Large Excavators – Large Scale Stump Removal

Flail Mower/Mulcher Overview

Flail attachments use a hydraulic motor and a barrel – usually belt driven – equipped with knives or hammer type tools to spin and cut down vegetation and grass. They are designed to tackle material smaller than a mulcher with teeth that is designed to mulch full trees. 

cangini flail mower for excavators

Some specific applications for an excavator flail attachment include:

Land clearing: An excavator flail attachment is useful for clearing large areas of land quickly and efficiently. It can clear brush, trees, and other vegetation, making it ideal for preparing land for construction or agricultural purposes.

Forestry work: An excavator flail attachment is often used in forestry work to clear areas for logging, create firebreaks, and remove underbrush.

Roadside maintenance: An excavator flail attachment is ideal for maintaining roadside areas, such as clearing brush and trees from the roadside, removing rocks and other debris, and trimming back overgrown vegetation.

Pipeline and powerline maintenance: An excavator flail attachment is often used for pipeline and powerline maintenance work. It can clear vegetation and other obstacles from the path of the pipeline or powerline, making it easier to access and maintain.

Flail Attachment Models

Currently we offer the two smallest models from Cangini in the following widths:

TC1 – Excavators up to 3.5 tons

Available 24″, 30″ and 40″ wide

TC2 – Excavators up to 7 tons

Available 30″, 40″ and 48″ wide

Further specifications can be found on our website here –

Mounting Options

As with all of our attachments, we will custom build the mount to suit your machine and/or quick coupler. This includes typical double pin setups, John Deere Wedge Lock, Kubota Style Quick Couplers, Bobcat X Change Couplers & more. 

Contact us if you have any questions about mounting the attachment to your machine. 


One unique feature that is offered for the Cangini brand is the 4 bar floating linkage system.

The floating system enables the mower to follow the contour of the ground with the machine staying at the same level.

cangini flail mower 4 bar linkage

Overall, an excavator flail attachment is a versatile and powerful tool that can be used in a wide variety of applications. It is especially useful for clearing vegetation and debris from large areas quickly and efficiently. Contact us for more information regarding a flail attachment for your excavator or skid steer. 

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An Extensive Guide to Excavator Mounting Options

oilquick coupler system

Extensive Guide to all Excavator Mounting Options


Single Pin

Double Pin / Cradles for Augers

Dedicated Quick Connect – Kubota, John Deere, Bobcat, Wain Roy

S Type – Tiltrotators

Fully Hydraulic Coupler Systems

Single Pin Mounts

The cheapest and most simple way to mount an attachment to your excavator is through a single pin hitch that pins through the stick of the machine. This would replace your bucket main pin and allow the attachment to swing freely from the machine. 

excavator single pin auger drive mount

Of course, not all attachments can be mounted through 1 pin, the most common attachment that would be mounted this way would be an auger attachment. Other attachments like trenchers, shears, grabs etc. must be double pinned in order to change the position of the attachment. Augers mostly just need to hang vertically so the single pin is the fastest, cheapest option. 

Other attachments that use a single pin system are clamshell buckets for material handlers, demolition grapples for use in scrap yards etc. Most attachments require more flexibility that working in the vertical position all of the time. 

Double Pin 

The most conventional system for mounting attachments on excavators is a double pin setup. One main pin through the stick of the machine and a second pin through the H link, lets the operator change the angle of the attachment. Conventionally this would have been the setup on the first excavators that only used buckets. 

As mentioned earlier most attachments need to be mounted this way to allow more flexibility for the operator. However, what makes this mounting setup more complicated is the variation of pin dimensions across different manufacturers’ makes and models. 

For example, even for a similar size machine, a John Deere excavator and a Caterpillar excavator will have different pin dimensions. We have an extensive list of machine’s pin dimensions available here.

Here is a rough guide of the pin diameters for machines based on weight class (rough guideline): 

1.5 to 2.5 tons – 25-30mm

2.5 to 3.5 tons – 30-40mm

3 to 5 tons – 40-50mm

5 to 10 tons – 50-60mm 

10-15 tons – 60-70mm

15 to 22 tons – 70-80mm

22 to 25 tons – 80-90mm

There are a few main pin dimensions that need to be verified to build a mount for an attachment to suit: 

Pin Diameter

Dipper/Stick Width

Link Width

Pin Center to Center

excavator mounting bracket dimensions

For a pinned attachment for a machine without a quick coupler, we would build the attachment to these dimensions to allow for a good fit to the machine. This would mean that it would be a tight fit around the machine and the pin centers would be what the manufacturer requires to enable full movement of the attachment. From The Attachment Company this would require a short lead time in order to build the attachment mount to suit the OEM pin dimensions.

Quick Couplers

Quick couplers are an attachment that is fitted to the excavator to allow the operator to easily change between buckets and other attachments. 

Manual Quick Couplers

A manual coupler is manually opened and closed by the operator in order to lock the attachment in place securely. The operator would pick the attachment using the front on, before getting out of the machine to open the coupler and lock in the rear pin. These couplers require the operator to get out of the machine but are a lot faster and easier than manually knocking out the pins of one bucket to put on another. 

Hydraulic Quick Couplers

A Hydraulic coupler uses the same concept but is hydraulically opened and closed meaning that the operator doesn’t have to leave the machine while changing attachments. This makes changing buckets or other tools even faster and easier on the job site, saving time and effort.

Geith hydraulic quick coupler excavator

What does this mean on the attachment side? 

Quick couplers make it slightly easier on the attachment side for building a mount. The pins can be welded/fixed in order to prevent more movement/slop from having loose pins. However, we can still provide loose pins in case the attachment ever has to be manually pinned on another machine, or the coupler has to come off the machine to be fixed etc. 

Manual couplers tend to be specific to the excavator and pick up the OEM pin dimensions. The distance in between the ears on the attachment isn’t as crucial as long as it is wide enough for the coupler to drop down and grab the pins. A wider space between the ears or bosses isn’t too bad since the coupler will lock the attachment tight in place. 

However hydraulic quick couplers usually pick up a range of pin centers and pin diameters on the attachment side. This means that you can usually pick up some attachments that are actually built to suit other machines as long as the dimensions fall in the pick up range of the coupler. And again providing the boss spacing or distance between the ears is wider than the coupler. 

For this reason, to try and create faster lead times, we have created a universal standard for each pin diameter. This will allow for faster shipping of machines that are manually pinned and also for machines with a hydraulic coupler (since they pick up a range). For a machine with a manual coupler we will still have to build the mount to suit the specific dimensions. 

We have looked at all the machines with a specific pin diameter and made a standard stick width dimension that suits the machine with the widest stick. For machine’s with a narrower stick, we will provide a shim kit in order to achieve a slim fit. 


For the pin centers, we have averaged all the pin centers measurements for machine’s with each pin diameter. This means most hydraulic couplers will be able to pick up this center to center measurement. Also manually pinned on attachments will be able to be pinned on normally. The pin center will be slightly different from the OEM dimension, but the difference shouldn’t make much of a difference in most cases. 

This will allow us to keep a stock of these standard/universal hitches that we can then adapt to suit the attachment that you need, and ship with a shorter lead time. 

Dedicated Quick Connect Style Mounts

In the US there are a variety of machine manufacturers that have their own dedicated coupler styles. They equip the machine with these quick couplers and then it means that you can pick up any of their attachments easily across the range. 

bobcat x change mounting system

Here is a list of some of the more popular manufacturers dedicated coupler systems: 

Bobcat Quick X Change

Kubota Style Quick Connect

John Deere Wedgelock Style

Wain Roy Style

Verachtert (CAT) less common

S Type – Tiltrotators

Next we are moving onto one of the newest styles of hook ups for excavators that is more dedicated to the tiltrotator attachments. If you would like some more information on tiltrotator attachments, you can read our complete guide to the NOX tiltrotator here.

Tiltrotators add a lot of extra height on the end of your machine’s stick to enable the tilt and rotation movements of the attachment. This means we really want a quick coupler underneath the tiltrotator that is the most compact, in terms of height.

This is where the S type, or S Lock, couplers come in:

As well as keeping the build height low, the S couplers have standardized dimensions for each pin diameter making it easier to find attachments that you know will suit your coupler. 

For example any tiltrotator brand with an S45 coupler will pick up all S45 attachments, no matter the brand. This makes our job as attachment suppliers a lot easier. 

The S type coupler is the standard when it comes to tiltrotator attachments. Although other styles are available we always strongly suggest the S type, and some manufacturers have recently switched to only offer tiltrotators with S type couplers. 

Because of the reduced build height of these couplers, it means that you can put a standard quick coupler on the machine that is used to pick up the tiltrotator itself. This makes it a lot easier if you ever need to drop off the tiltrotator to do some work where it is not needed. 

nox tiltrotator sandwich style

The term sandwich is used because the tiltrotator is in a coupler sandwich. Since you have the same coupler on top and on bottom, you can pick up all your attachments without the tiltrotator too. So if you have any problems you can drop the tiltrotator and pick up buckets as normal. 

Fully Hydraulic Coupler Systems

 Last but not least we are going to look at the fully hydraulic coupler system. “I thought we already covered hydraulic couplers?” You might say. We did. However a fully hydraulic coupler setup runs the hydraulics to power the attachment through the coupler as well. Meaning you can pick up a hydraulic attachment and go straight to work without having to get out and connect hoses.

oilquick coupler system

This is the most advanced system for excavator attachments that greatly reduces time and effort needed to switch between work tools. On job sites where there is a lot of switching back and forward this can save a lot of time and money. 

The attachment and the coupler both have a bank of hydraulic connectors. When you pick up the attachment and lock it in place – the hydraulics connect together in a few seconds giving you use of the attachment immediately. 

Most tiltrotator manufacturers offer this option on the tiltrotator and also on the top coupler. Meaning you can drop off the full tiltrotator seamlessly without getting out of the machine. 

Other than the tiltrotator manufacturers, the main manufacturer of this style of couplers is OilQuick. This is the most advanced piece of excavator technology that has come to the forefront in recent years. With more and more attachment tools available for excavators, the coupler setups are extremely valuable on the job site. 


There are various types of excavator mounting systems available making it tricky to determine what you need when looking for an attachment. Hopefully this article explained the different type of mounting systems that are available from simple single pin mounts up to fully hydraulic coupler systems.

If you have any questions, as always you can reach out to us on (941) 212 0037 or through our contact us page here!

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Excavator Bucket Pin Size Chart

excavator mounting bracket dimensions

Excavator Bucket Pin Size Chart All Makes & Models

Excavator bucket pin dimensions vary between excavator make and models. This makes it complex to build or fix a mount for an excavator.

Most excavators have a double pin configuration with two round pins. The measurements that are needed (shows below) to build a mounting bracket is the pin diameters (C & D), dipper/stick width (A & B) and center to center (E).

excavator mounting bracket dimensions
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Maximizing Your Skid Steer with Trencher Attachments: A Comprehensive Guide

trencher on skid steer digging trench

Maximizing Your Skid Steer with Trencher Attachments: A Comprehensive Guide

If you own a skid steer, you know just how versatile and indispensable these machines can be. But did you know that you can make your skid steer even more versatile and capable with the right attachments? One attachment that can greatly enhance your skid steer’s capabilities is a trencher attachment. In this blog post, we’ll take a comprehensive look at skid steer trencher attachments and how they can help you tackle a wide range of digging and trenching tasks with ease.

trencher on skid steer digging trench

What is a Trencher?

A trencher attachment is a device that is usually attached to the front end of a skid steer, or onto an excavator to transform it into a trench digging machine. Trencher attachments come in a range of sizes and designs, making them suitable for digging trenches for a variety of applications, including drainage, plumbing, electrical, and landscaping.

Types of Trencher Attachments

There are several types of trencher attachments available, each designed to meet specific needs and requirements. The two most common trencher types are:

Chain Trenchers: These trenchers use a rotating chain with cutting teeth to dig into the ground and create a trench. They are best for digging in soft or loose soil, and are available in different sizes for different trenching depths. These are what you will find on excavators and skid steers.

trencher on skid steer

This is what we would traditionally think of as a trencher attachment for a skid steer. There are also older dedicated trencher machines that use the same design and technology. However these can only be used for trencher whereas a skid steer trencher can be swapped out for a lot of other attachments to help with other jobs/tasks.

Wheel Trenchers: Wheel trenchers use a wheel with cutting teeth to dig into the ground, creating a trench. These trenchers are best for digging in harder soil and are capable of digging deeper and wider trenches than chain trenchers.

Chain Trencher Attachments for Skid Steers & Excavators

Trencher attachments for skid steers and excavators use a hydraulic motor and planetary gearbox with a sprocket to drive the chain. The chain engages with the ground and moves the dirt up the chain to the auger. The auger then neatly movies dirt to the side of the trench.

There are a variety of chain types of trencher attachments. Mostly what we provide is called a combination chain. The chain has a combination of earth/dirt teeth to move the dirt, and tungsten carbide, shark like, teeth to break up the ground. You can however get a chain that has all of the same teeth. A chain of completely earth teeth would be used in softer ground whereas a complete carbide chain would be used in harder ground.

trencher chain

There are other types of trencher chain teeth in the market to deal with harder or more rocky conditions as shown below:

Advantages of Skid Steer Trencher Attachments

There are many advantages to using skid steer trencher attachments, including:

Speed and Efficiency: With a skid steer trencher attachment, you can quickly and efficiently dig trenches, reducing the time and effort required to complete the job. Neatly displacing the dirt to one side of the trench makes it easier and faster to backfill the trench.

Accuracy: Trenchers allow the operator to work at a specific depth and width. You can dig an accurate trench at a desired depth and width without effort maintaining the correct depth. Our trenchers have depth control that allows you to vary the digging depth of the trench.

For example with our 48” trencher, you can dig at 32”, 40” as well as 48”.

auger torque trencher depth capability

Versatility: Skid steer trencher attachments are highly versatile, allowing you to tackle a wide range of digging and trenching tasks with ease.

Also since there are many other skid steer attachments on the market, you can easily switch to another attachment to complete another job once you are done trenching.

Cost-Effective: Compared to traditional digging methods, using a skid steer trencher attachment can be much more cost-effective, especially for smaller projects. As mentioned a trencher attachment is much cheaper than a dedicated trencher unit.

Improved Safety: Trencher attachments allow you to dig trenches from the safety of your skid steer, reducing the risk of injury and improving the overall safety of the job.

Purchasing a Trencher Attachment For a Skid Steer

Firstly, you will have to determine how deep and wide that you want to dig your trenches.

The maximum depth and width that you can dig with your skid steer will be determined by the size and hydraulic flow and pressure of your machine. The most common trencher on the market for skid steers with standard flow hydraulics (anything up to 25-30 GPM) will be able to trench 48” (4 feet) deep.

If you have a larger skid steer with flow over 30 GPM you can use a high flow larger trencher unit that can go as deep as 5 feet. Also with a bigger machine you will be able to dig a wider trench at 4 feet compared to a standard unit. Here is the breakdown of the skid steer trenchers that we offer at The Attachment Company:

Auger Torque MT Trenchers: Hydraulic Flow from 12 to 27 GPM

Auger Torque MT24 Trencher: 24” deep – Maximum 12” Wide
Auger Torque MT36 Trencher: 36” deep – Maximum 10” Wide
Auger Torque MT48 Trencher: 48” deep – Maximum 8” Wide

Digga XD High Flow Trenchers: Hydraulic Flow from 25 to 45 GPM

Digga XD High Flow Trencher: 48” deep – Maximum 12” Wide
Digga XD High Flow Trencher: 60” deep – Maximum 12” Wide

For more information you can visit our website listings here!

Installing Your Trencher Onto Your Skid Steer

Most trenchers come delivered to you ready to go straight to work. Our trenchers all come with hoses and flat face couplers to connect straight to the machine. It’s just a matter of picking up the unit, connecting the hoses and you are ready to go to work.

Be sure to check the manual for any run in periods and to familiarize yourself with the operation of the attachment. Also to check for maintenance schedules to look after your trencher to enable you to enhance its longevity.


In conclusion, skid steer trencher attachments are a great investment for anyone who owns a skid steer. Whether you need to dig trenches for drainage, plumbing, electrical, or landscaping, a trencher attachment can help you tackle the job with ease and efficiency. With the right trencher attachment, you can make the most of your skid steer, completing projects faster and more cost-effectively.

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Transform Your Skid Steer Into A Tree-Cutting Forestry Machine With a Tree Shear Attachment

skid steer tree shear htc

Transform Your Skid Steer into a Tree-Cutting Machine with a Tree Shear Attachment

We are happy to add to our range of skid steer attachments with the heavy duty tree shear from Sidney Attachments. Designed and manufactured in the US to the highest standards, the Sidney Tree Shear is one of the best on the market today. 

The addition of the tree shear range from Sidney Attachments adds to our range of forestry & landscaping products with the likes of the Auger Torque Hedge Trimmer, Stump Planer & Stump Puller attachments.

The range of shears help fill a gap in our range that we have had with the ability to cut trees up to 16” in diameter. 

Current Forestry Range from The Attachment Company: 

Auger Torque Hedge TrimmerSkid Steers & Excavators – Trims branches up to 1.5” 

Sidney Attachments TBL1000 Tree Shear – Skid Steers & Excavators – Cuts trees up to 10” diameter

Sidney Attachments HTC & HTC Plus – Skid Steers & Excavators – Cuts Trees up to 16” diameter

Auger Torque Stump Planer – Skid Steers & Excavators – Small to Medium Size Stump Removal

Solesbee’s Stump Puller – Large Excavators – Large Scale Stump Removal

Tree Shear Overview

Are you tired of using outdated and inefficient methods for tree-cutting tasks? Look no further than a tree shear attachment for your skid steer. These attachments offer increased efficiency and versatility, allowing you to tackle any tree-cutting job with ease.

Tree shears use a large heavy duty hydraulic cylinder and sharp cutting edge to shear through trees. This allows for cutting flush with the ground and fast, efficient tree removal. The Sidney design moves the cutting edge of the shear to push the tree into the fixed arm of the shear. 

There are two main types of tree shear attachments available – standard and rotary. The standard option is perfect for straightforward cutting tasks, while the rotation feature offers a 110-degree cutting range, making it ideal for more complex jobs. 

Sidney Attachments manufacturer 3 types of tree shear attachments that are available to suit both excavators and skid steers. 

TBL1000 – 10” Cutting Diameter

HTC – 14” Cutting Diameter

HTC Plus – 16” Cutting Diameter


Model: TBL1000

Rated Capacity: 10″ diameter

Weight: 655lbs

Blade Cylinder Size: 4″ x 18″

Tilt Cylinder: 3″ x 8″

Solenoid: 12v

Blade Material: “T1” Steel

Model: HTC14

Rated Capacity: 14″ diameter

Weight: 1,280lbs

Blade Cylinder Size: 5.5″ x 18″

Tilt Cylinder: 3″ x 8″

Solenoid: 12v

Blade Material: “T1” Steel

Model: HTC16

Rated Capacity: 16″ diameter

Weight: 1,300lbs

Blade Cylinder Size: 6″ x 18″

Tilt Cylinder: 3″ x 8″

Solenoid: 12v

Blade Material: “T1” Steel

skid steer tree shear tbl1000


  • Cut trunks in a single pass, flush with the ground
  • Hydraulic tilt cylinder rotates up to 110 degrees to move cut trees
  • Major pivot points are machined and greasable for long lasting life
  • Shear is made from 1″ high tensile steel plate
  • The single blade design encourages trees to fall the direction of the blade’s travel
  • Serrated jaw grips tree to allow all power to be applied to the blade
  • Blade Cylinder is rated for 3,000psi operating pressure
  • Single 1-1/4″ blade
  • Comes standard with Universal Skid Steer Attach

An extremely simple attachment however the output of a Sidney Tree Shear is unmatched. An optimal design with US build quality, the Sidney range of tree shears are able to tackle most jobs with great efficiency and safety. 

Another great aspect of tree shear attachments is their compatibility with various skid steer models. This means that no matter what type of skid steer you own, you can easily add a tree shear attachment to increase its functionality. 

Shears have a relatively low hydraulic flow requirement, meaning they can be fitted to most skid steers without any modification. An operating pressure of 3,000psi is easily obtainable for most machines, too. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of using a tree shear attachment for my skid steer?

It offers increased efficiency and versatility in tree-cutting tasks, as well as customizable cutting length and robust construction.

What types of shear attachments are available?

Standard and rotary options are available as well as models with a grapple and saw feature. 

Will a tree shear attachment fit my skid steer model?

Most tree shear attachments are designed to be compatible with various skid steer models. Using the universal hook up and usually a wide operating range of hydraulic oil and pressure, means that they can be suited to most skid steers. 

How do I install a tree shear attachment on my skid steer?

The installation process will vary depending on the specific attachment and skid steer model. But it typically involves connecting the attachment to the skid steer’s hydraulic system. For a rotating shear – a control kit will be included that will be fitted into the cab to allow the operator to switch between the cutting function and the rotating function. Meaning that you only need one hydraulic circuit to work the shear fully. 

How do I maintain my tree shear attachment?

Regular maintenance, such as lubricating moving parts and tightening bolts, will help extend the lifespan of the attachment.

What are the safety precautions I should take when using a tree shear attachment?

Always wear protective equipment, such as safety glasses and hard hats, and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and safety procedures.

Testing out the shear on smaller trees to get comfortable with how the tree will fall and directing the fall away from the machine, is also important. 

How does the pricing of tree shear attachments compare to other skid steer attachments?

Pricing will vary depending on the type and brand of the attachment, but it is generally comparable to other skid steer attachments. Heavy duty models, built in the US, will tend to cost a little more than some skid steer attachments, but the quality and support is unmatched compared to cheaper, simpler models. 

Now available from The Attachment Company through our website here!

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us through call or text (941) 212 0037 or through the website. 

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Ultimate Guide to Auger Attachments for Skid Steers & Excavators

excavator auger drive drilling holes

Ultimate Guide to Auger Attachments for Skid Steers & Excavators

At The Attachment Company we have been providing auger setups to our customers longer than any other attachments in our range. We have experience in all sizes of auger setups for mini skid steers up to 30 ton excavators. A simple concept, however there are often many auger options for the exact same machine, depending on the job at hand, budget and many other variables. 

We have created the ultimate auger guide to try and answer as many questions as possible and cover all the bases when it comes to auger setups for both skid steers and excavators. As always if you have any questions that we have missed you can post a comment underneath or contact us here.

11000-45 auger drive on excavator


  1. What is an auger setup and how does it work?
  2. Advantages of using an auger attachment
  3. Why it is important to select the correct auger drive for your machine
  4. Hydraulic Oil Flow & Pressure Specifications
  5. Mounting options for skid steers & excavators
  6. Output shaft sizes and auger diameters
  7. Auger Bit Types
  8. Auger Packages from The Attachment Company

What is an auger setup and how does it work?

In the construction industry, auger drives are common on job sites of all shapes and sizes from small fence posts to large holes for screw pile foundations. While there are hand held auger units that you can rent from your local Home Depot, and also large dedicated drilling machines, we are just going to focus on the hydraulic auger drives that are suited for skid steers and excavators. 

To cover the basics, an auger is just a large drill for drilling holes in the ground the same way that you would drill a hole in a wall, for example. Using the hydraulic capabilities of the piece of equipment, hydraulic auger drives were developed using hydraulic motors and planetary gearboxes. 

A hydraulic motor just takes hydraulic oil flow and pressure inputs to turn an output gear

hydraulic motor for auger drive

This motor is then matched with a planetary gearbox in order to amplify the torque output. A planetary gearbox is a common gearbox setup that transfers a high speed, low torque input into a low speed, high torque output. Keep in mind that more torque is the name of the game when it comes to drilling holes. 

planetary gearbox

For each auger drive size, a gearbox is specifically designed to give the desired output torque and rpm to suit the needs of that specific size of machine. The more gear sets that are added to the gearbox, the more torque we will get as an output, but we lose speed in terms of revolutions per minute. 

For example, for a smaller machine with a certain hydraulic flow and pressure output, there is a balance between getting enough torque to turn an auger into the ground, but also not losing all of the RPM. We will cover this more later when we look at the specifications of some of our popular auger drive units. 


See below cutaway for an example of a fully assembled auger drive. On this smaller unit, there is only 1 set of gears in order to keep a good level of output speed as well as amplifying the torque. 

Underneath the gearbox is the output shaft of the auger drive. This is what is used to connect to the auger bit that will in turn spin into the ground. See a picture of a full setup below:

large excavator auger drive drilling

Advantages of using an auger attachment

Now that we have covered the basics of the auger setup and how it works, you might be asking yourself why someone might need to spend more money on another attachment when they could just dig a regular hole? 

The main advantage of using an auger as opposed to regular digging is that you can drill the hole to the exact size that is needed. This limits the amount of backfilling that is needed. For putting 4×4 posts into the ground, it would be impossible to dig a 6” diameter hole with a bucket. An auger setup lets you drill smaller as well as larger holes, deeper and faster than digging. 

Another main advantage of using an auger setup is speed. Many customers that purchase an auger are drilling hundreds of holes per day for fence posts etc. An auger lets them drill the same size and depth of hole over and over again. 

Why it is important to select the correct auger drive for your machine

All attachments for excavators, skid steers or any type of machinery have various options. When it comes to hydraulic attachments like augers there is often more than one size or option that will work, even on the same machine. 

It is vital to select the correct model for a number of reasons. Firstly a unit that is not correctly specified, has a much greater chance of breaking down. This is especially true if a unit is undersized for the machine that it is fitted to. A machine with too much hydraulic pressure or oil flow will blow the motor or gearbox seals very quickly after use. 

Every hydraulic attachment has an operating range for oil pressure and oil flow. We will cover these more in the next section. These are the two main factors when choosing a hydraulic attachment, after the overall weight of the machine. Most manufacturers will design the attachments operating ranges around a weight class of machines. For example our 6000-40 drive unit has the specs below and is designed to work with excavators in the 7-10 ton range.

6000-40 Specs

Also an undersized unit has greater chances of breaking or bending auger shafts and flights because it will not be designed to handle the weight of the machine that it’s on. 

Equally though, an oversized attachment will not work properly or as designed due to the lack of hydraulic pressure or flow. As well as being too large and heavy for the machine. This is why it is important to select the correct size when looking at any attachments for excavator or skid steers. 

At The Attachment Company we have attempted to make our range as narrow as possible, while still covering all of the needs of the industry. On our website we tend to display the operating ranges in the title of the product to make it easier to find what you are looking for. 

6000-40 Listing

In the product listing you can find all of the important specifications and information about the attachment to ensure it will suit your machine. Most products have a rough guideline of the different machine makes and models that are suitable for the attachment. This doesn’t cover every machine, but will give a rough guide for similar machines.

Hydraulic Oil Flow & Pressure Specifications

Besides the weight of the skid steer or excavator, we use the hydraulic specifications of the machine to determine the correct auger attachment. As mentioned earlier, this would be the hydraulic pressure and hydraulic flow of the machine. 

This can often get complicated as not every manufacturer makes it easy to find a certain machine’s hydraulic specifications, but usually a quick Google search will find what you need. 

It’s important when searching for your machine’s hydraulic specifications that you find the pressure and flow relating to the auxiliary circuit of the machine. The auxiliary circuit is on the machine to run attachments. You can check your machine’s stick for hydraulic lines/ports as pictured below:

Auxiliary Hydraulic Circuit

It is also important to note that some older machines may not have an auxiliary circuit or may have what we call a single acting hydraulic circuit. This is a circuit that only runs in one direction. 

The way to tell if your machine has a single acting circuit is how it is operated. If, in the cab, the circuit is operated by a button or pedal, then it is likely a single acting circuit. If it is operated by a roller on the joystick, or a two way pedal then it is likely a two way/double acting circuit. This means that you can change the direction of flow. Most machines in the US now come with one double acting circuit, which is usually set up to run a hydraulic thumb. 


It is vital to have a double acting circuit for an auger attachment, as you must be able to change the oil flow direction, in order to change direction of the auger. If you get stuck in the ground, you must be able to change the direction and back out, the same as drilling a hole with a hand drill. 

After making sure your machine has the correct hydraulic capabilities we can determine the correct auger drive to suit your needs. 

For this example we will use a Takeuchi TB240. Here you can find the specs on the TB240. Under “Hydraulic System” we can find that the Auxiliary Hydraulic Flow is 17.1GPM or 64.9LPM. 

Takeuchi TB240 Hydraulic Specs

We can then compare that to one of the excavator auger drives on our website. As mentioned above we list our products by weight range for excavators and flow rates for skid steers. 

Under the excavator category we find the 3300-30 model for excavators up to 6 tons. 

After clicking on this package we can find the detailed specs here: 

3300-30 Specs

This unit will run on a flow range of 15-30GPM which suits the 17GPM of the Takeuchi TB240. The 3,481psi Hydraulic System Pressure of the TB240 also falls within the range of the TB240. This drive will be ideally suited for this machine.

Under the 3300-30 package we also list the output speed and output torque of the unit depending on the machine’s capabilities.

3300-30 Specs

On the TB240 this drive unit will output just over 55RPM and around 2,900ft-lbs of torque. 

For skid steers we use the same process, although it is even easier as we list all of our skid steer drives by flow range. Most standard skid steers fall into the LC300 category while some high flow models can use a larger drive for more torque. 

Mounting options for skid steers & excavators

Mounting options for auger drives are fairly simple. Skid steers are the easiest so we will start there. 

Most skid steers use the universal mounting system. For more information on this you can read our skid steer attachment guide here. This will cover most applications. 

Mini skid steers have a smaller version of the same idea. Here are some manufacturers that share the mini skid steer mounting system: 



Ditch Witch


Some other mini skid steers use their own style such as:

Bobcat MT’s 

ASV RC30/Terex PT30

Excavator Mounting Options

Excavators are a little more complex as there isn’t a universal mounting system like the skid steer hook up. Each machine uses different pin dimensions and this affects what buckets or mounts will fit correctly. 

Many hydraulic couplers that are fitted on machines can pick up a range of pin dimensions but not all. 

The pin dimensions shown below are what is needed to build an excavator mount to suit your machine. 

excavator pin dimensions

A & B = Machine’s Stick/Dipper Width

C & D = Pin Diameters

E = Pin to Pin Centers

These measurements vary from machine to machine. We have a very in depth list of machine dimensions that can be found here.

If you can not find your machine on the list – not to worry, you can always just take a coupler measurements from a bucket or attachment that fits on your machine. 

On the smaller drives you can avoid the hassle and lead time of building a mount, by using a single pin mount that mounts through the main pain or dipper of the machine. This is the cheapest and easiest solution but doesn’t give as much control of the unit.

Single Pin Mount

excavator single pin auger drive mount

The other two options require fabrication and will often have a short lead time to build. 

Double Pin Mount

excavator double pin auger drive mount

Double Pin Cradle Mount

auger drive excavator double pin cradle mount

You can see the difference between the two mounts is one has what we call a “cradle” and one does not. The cradle allows you to tuck the drive in when moving the machine and stop it from swinging. 

It also allows you to reverse the mount and hold the drive horizontally for horizontal drilling. Where possible we recommend the cradle mount as it also makes it easier to change out auger bits too. But there is a price difference between the two, so as always it depends on the application/budget. 

At The Attachment Company we build double pin and double pin cradles in house, and try to keep the lead time to 1-2 weeks. 

Output Shaft Sizes and Auger Diameters

Many different regions of the world use different size output shafts and augers compared to the US market. Below is a rough guideline for the drives and augers that we supply:

Type of Machine Standard Output Shaft Size (USA) Recommended Auger Diameters
Mini Skid Steers 2″ Hex or 2-9/16″ Round 4″ – 24″
Skid Steers & Mini Excavators 2″ Hex or 2-9/16″ Round 4″ – 36″
High Flow Skid Steers & Excavators up to 10 tons 2.5″ Hex 6″ – 48″
Excavators from 10 to 22 tons 3″ Square (75mm) 6″ – 60″
Excavators over 22 tons 4.33″ Square (110mm) 12″ – 72″

The above table is a rough guideline and can vary from manufacturers. 

In the US market the 2” Hex drive is by far the most popular and The Attachment Company only offers 2” hex drives on the smaller units. However there are adapters available to switch between round and hex and even from 2.5” hex down to 2” hex etc. 

The auger diameter range is also a rough guideline and depends on the ground conditions, torque output etc. 

Auger Bit Types 

As with all other aspects of the complete auger setup, there are more than one option when it comes to auger bits. 

These vary depending on the drive that will be turning it as well as ground conditions and more. Again, we try to break down our range to separate the different auger sizes to suit the specific drives in the range. 

Of course, larger drives with more torque require a heavier auger with thicker flighting and tubing etc. First let’s look at the details of an auger bit and the different components.

auger breakdown

The above diagram shows each part of the auger bit. 

Hub/Collar: Changes depending on the output shaft size as discussed the chapter before

Tubing: The size and wall thickness of the round tubing increases with the torque output of the drive in order to cope with the torque and stress

Auger Flighting : The flighting changes depending on the diameter of the auger. The thickness also increases as the drives get larger. Some heavy duty rock augers start with a thicker fighting and then step down further up the shaft.

Boring Head: The boring head designs can vary from flat regular augers to tapered and then to spiral rock augers like in the diagram above. This all depends on the ground application and severity of the conditions. 

Teeth & Pilot: Teeth and pilot change spending on the ground. Regular augers have a more flat style tooth and rock augers have more aggressive round style as above. All teeth and pilots are replaceable for when they wear out. 

Auger Packages from The Attachment Company

The Attachment Company offers auger packages of all sizes that enable you to get all of what you need to get straight to work. This makes it easier to place an order and make sure you have everything included. 

We have split up packages into Mini Skid Steer, Skid Steers & Excavators. Many packages share the same drive units and augers, but the only difference is often the mounting system.

If there are any other items that have to be added to an auger package, you can always get in touch with us here!

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NEW PRODUCT – Skid Steer Sickle Bar Mower from Auger Torque

NEW PRODUCT – Skid Steer Sickle Bar Mower from Auger Torque

For the last few years we have been offering the hedge trimmer from Auger Torque as part of our attachment range for excavators. We are happy to bring to you our new Skid Steer Mounting System for the Auger Torque T150 Hedge Trimmer / Sickle Bar. 

We have seen an ever growing popularity for our excavator setup and believe that our new skid steer setup fills a large gap in our product range! Affordably turn your skid steer into a landscaping and trimming machine to trim bushes, hedges, long grass and brush.

skid steer sickle bar




Hydraulic Angle Mounting System 

Control System 


Sickle Bar attachments have been around for a long time, but now are more effective and flexible than ever. Using the hydraulic capabilities of excavators and skid steers, these type of attachments give another use to these machines than just moving dirt. Feedback from our customers indicate that they can increase their workload and take on new jobs with the right attachments on hand. 

The sickle bar mower attachments for both skid steers and excavators allow for fast, neat and effective trimming of vegetation and bushes. 


  • Roadside hedges/bushes
  • Ditch cleaning and maintenance
  • Tree trimming and thinning
  • Golf course maintenance
  • Residential lawn maintenance
  • Brush & long grass trimming


Although we offer one standard length bar, there are other changeable features to our hedge trimmer attachment that allow it to suit a range of mini excavators and skid steers. However, focusing on skid steers for the purpose of this article, we offer the following specifications: 

Trimmer Bar

Motor Size: 100cc

Oil Pressure Range: 2176-3191 psi

Oil Flow Range: 13.2-18.8 gpm

Max. Cutting Diameter: 1.58”

Standard Cutting Length: 5ft (60”)

Optional Extension Bar: Extra 40” – Total of 8ft

Dimensions (h x w x l): 7.99” x 10.61” x 60.5” 

Weight: 152lbs

Extension Bar

Cutting Length: 40” (Combined Cutting Length: 100“)

Max. Cutting Diameter: 1.58”

Dimensions (h x w x l): 4.65” x 8.86” x 46.93“

Weight: 57.3 lbs

Hydraulic Angle Mounting System

After having great success with the simpler excavator mounted hedge trimmer attachment, it is the perfect time to launch the new skid steer mounting system. 

skid steer hedge trimmer mount

Mounting this style of trimming attachment to a skid steer loader does have benefits, however it does not offer the flexibility of the excavator without an innovative mounting system. Step in the hydraulically adjustable angle mount for skid steer loaders. 

Using a heavy duty hydraulic cylinder and an electric solenoid configuration, the trimmer can sit outside the width of the skid steer and the cutting angle can be easily changed without leaving the machine. The mounting configuration can also be adjusted to sit on either side of the machine. 

Control System

Each attachment is supplied with a standalone control box that allows us to bypass the specific electrical differences between the skid steer manufacturers. A control box is mounted in the cab that only needs to be connected to a 12V power supply. This box operates the solenoid valve on the mounting frame to switch between operating the bar and changing the angle.

As with all products offered by The Attachment Company, we stand behind the build quality and robustness of each attachment but also carry spare parts to get you back up and running as soon as possible. 

For the hedge trimmer attachment, specifically, we offer the standard Auger Torque warranty of 3 years on the hydraulic motor and a 2 year warranty on all other components. If you have any issues beyond that time frame we are always open to working with you to get the problem resolved in a cost friendly manner. If the attachment doesn’t meet your expectations when it arrives, we will return the product and provide you with a full refund. 

If you have any questions regarding this attachment or anything else offered in our product range, you can contact us on (941) 212-0037 or [email protected]

Skid Steer Sickle Mower / Sickle Bar from Auger Torque listing!

Thank you for reading!

The Attachment Company LLC

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NEW PRODUCT – Raycore LED Work Lights

raycore led work lights

We are extremely excited to be working with Raycore Lights and offering their range of X series LED work lights along with our range of attachments for skid steers and excavators! In the heavy equipment industry it is vital to have great lights for your work space and also a light that will stand up to the harsh working conditions. We believe that Raycore lights are the toughest on the market today. If you don’t believe us – check out this video from Con Expo 2020!

Why is good lighting important? 

In all industries, especially the heavy equipment and construction industries, it is vitally important to have a well lit working environment. Often, the working lights that come as standard on equipment like excavators & skid steers are cheap and inadequate. Equipment manufacturers aren’t too concerned about putting the best lighting on their machines as it only adds to the cost. 

Safety is always the primary concern on jobsites. Sage working conditions are essential, not only for the operator, but for everyone. A well lit environment, including flood lights and machine’s with bright lights and beacons, make the job site much safer. With the Raycore range of lights, we have smaller lights for small equipment as well as large lights for large working areas. 

Raycore Difference

See below a few examples of the difference between OEM lights and Raycore lights!

raycore led work lights
raycore led work lights

To help YOU with choosing the correct lights for the job, Raycore keeps the product range small but powerful! With the X4, X10 and X60 we can cover most applications from ATV’s to mining equipment and more!

Each light in the X series range include a few of the same features such as: 

Waterproof to IP6K9K standards – the highest waterproof rating available

Burnout proof with Raycore Ruggedized LED Core Technology™

Cold & Heat Proofing to Operating Temps: -40°F to +185°F (-40°C to +85°C)

Impact Protection with Heat-Treated A356-T6 housings

Warranty: 2 Years, New Replacement

The X4

The smallest in the X series of lights is the Raycore X4. It is compact, durable and most of all BRIGHT! With just over 4,000 lumens from only 30 watts, the X4 is extremely versatile!

raycore led work lights

X4 Applications

Pick up trucks

Heavy equipment


Portable Light Stands

X4 Specifications

  • DC Input: 12V, 24V
  • Power: 30 Watts
  • Current: 1.2A @ 24V DC
  • Raw Lumens: 4,400 lm
  • Weight: 1.8 lbs. (0.8 kg)
  • Dimensions: 4.2” x 2.9” x 3.5” (10.6 cm x 7.3 cm x 8.9 cm)
  • Adjustable Tilt: +30°, -95°
raycore x4 dimensions

The X4 is available with a hybrid spot/flood beam, and also an ultra wide beam for extra coverage. Also available are clear lenses and yellow lenses which are easily replaceable. We believe that no light of this size comes close to the combination of compactness, brightness & build quality of the X4 LED work light. 

The X10

In the middle of the range, we have the X10. With all of the same features of the X4, just larger, brighter and more powerful. 

X10 Applications




Pick-up trucks and hauling trucks

X10 Specifications

  • DC Input: 12V, 24V
  • Power: 70 Watts
  • Current: 2.9A @ 24V DC
  • Raw Lumens: 10,900 lm
  • Weight: 7 lbs. (3.2 kg)
  • Dimensions: 6.1” x 5.4” x 5.8” (15.5 cm x 13.7 cm x 14.7 cm)
  • Adjustable Tilt: +30°, -95°
Raycore X10 Dimensions

The X10 doesn’t have 2 beam options like the X4, it does still have the yellow and clear lens options. The X10 is a great addition or replacement to your standard OEM lights that come on the above equipment. Allowing you to work safer and longer than ever, Raycore lights won’t let you down.

The X60 

The largest of the X series range is the X60. Featuring 60,000 lumens from just 420 watts, the X60 is one of the most powerful non-bulb lights in the world.

X60 Applications

Flood lighting

Building exteriors

Sports fields

Job site lighting

Large loading shovels

X60 Specifications

  • DC: 24V
  • AC: 110-240, 277, 480 (Depending on Selection of Optional AC/DC Power Supply Attachment)
  • Power: 420 Watts
  • Current: 17.5A @ 24V DC
  • Raw Lumens: 65,400 lm
  • Weight: 52 lbs. (23.5 kg)
  • Dimensions: 20.4” x 4.6” x 12.8” (51 cm x 12 cm x 33 cm)
  • Adjustable Tilt: +40°, -90°

Build Quality

In our opinion, no other light on the market comes close to the build quality of Raycore. Made in the US in Logan, UT, Raycore supplies LED work lights all over the world across a variety of industries. When you put your hands on the light for the first time, you can feel the weight and quality of the housing. We realize how important it is, especially in our industry, to have a light that can stand up to the toughest conditions and never let you down. 

With all of the attachments and products that we offer, we carry out stringent testing to make sure we are giving, YOU, the customer the best possible product that we can. We came across the Raycore booth at Con Expo 2020 in Las Vegas, where they were showing off the build quality by dropping bowling balls onto them and driving over the lights with trucks. As soon as we picked one of their X series lights, we knew it would be perfect to go along with our attachment range. 

This is why we offer a 30 DAY FREE TRIAL on all lights by Raycore. We stand by their quality so much, that you can try it for yourself, before you buy. Just get in touch with us here for a 30 day trial. If you don’t want to purchase the light after 30 days, just send it back to us. 

Take a look at the Raycore products here!

raycore x10 led work light exploded view
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Complete Guide to Excavator Thumbs

solesbees hydraulic thumb and bucket

Complete Guide to Excavator Thumbs

Thumbs are one of the most popular attachments for excavators in the US market. Many machines now come straight from the factory with base plates for thumbs already on the machine, or some with a full thumbs setup installed. 

A thumb attachment on your excavator turns your machine into a grapple/material handler instead of just a digging tool. The concept is simple and often more affordable than a dedicated grab or grapple attachment. 


What is an Excavator Thumb?

How Does a Thumb Work? 


Different Thumb Designs

Thumb Installation

Other Attachment Options

The Attachment Company Thumbs


What is an Excavator Thumb?

In principle, an excavator thumb attachment is another lever that can be used in combination with the excavator’s bucket in order to pick up material like branches, brush, rocks etc. Working with a standard digging bucket leaves you slightly limited when it comes to being able to easily pick up and move objects or stacks of objects on the jobsite.

solesbees hydraulic thumb and bucket

What makes a thumb valuable is its simple design and concept, affordability and ease of use. When stored in the upright position it is completely out of the way and doesn’t stop the operator from digging as usual. 

How Does a Thumb Work? 

The most common thumb setup is a hydraulic thumb, or to be more specific a main pin hydraulic thumb, which is probably the most popular setup overall. We will cover all of the other thumb variations that are available later in this article. For now we will focus on a typical hydraulic thumb setup and how it works. 

As mentioned above, a thumb is another lever that lets you pick up material when used with the bucket. 

Above is a main pin hydraulic thumb. You can see that the pivot point of the thumb is through the main bucket pin that goes through the excavator’s stick. This is the most common setup as it requires the least amount of installation because you are utilizing the main pin as the pivot. However, this is not the only way of setting up a thumb. 

This main pin hydraulic thumb uses a hydraulic cylinder that is supplied with the thumb to open and close the thumb. The cylinder pins onto the thumb and also to a base plate that is welded on the stick of the machine. This allows the operator to work in different positions depending on how stretched out, or close to the machine they are working. 

Again, this is not the only way of operating a thumb as the traditional thumbs were what are referred to as manual thumbs, that are fixed in position. Only using the rotational of the bucket to hold against the thumb. However, this offers very little flexibility. 

solesbees manual thumb

At The Attachment Company we have since stopped offering manual thumbs as we believe that the price difference between a manual and hydraulic thumb is worth every penny, and strongly advise the hydraulic option.


What makes thumbs so popular is the range of applications that they can be used for and not being a dedicated attachment for one job. When not in use, the thumb can easily be stored out of the way, in the upright position. 

Common thumb applications:

General land clearing: moving brush, trees, logs etc. 

Demolition – moving concrete waste etc.

Stump removal: works well when used in combination with our stump puller

Different Thumb Designs

Earlier we covered the old style manual thumbs and the most popular main pin thumbs. However, let’s cover the other popular setups before going any further. 

Hydraulic Quick Coupler Thumb 

A hydraulic quick coupler thumb (or coupler thumb) works the same as a main pin setup, still mounting through the stick of the machine, but through the coupler, instead of the bucket. This means that you can change between buckets easily, and the thumb stays on the machine. Something to bear in mind when ordering a standard main pin thumb, is the extra work that will be needed to change between buckets. 

The main difference between a coupler thumb and a standard thumb is the length. To account for the extra height of the quick coupler, the thumb must be longer in order to properly mesh with the bucket’s cutting edge.

tag quick coupler thumb

Hydraulic Stick Mounted Thumb

Another popular thumb design is a hydraulic stick mounted thumb. This style is completely independent of any coupler’s or bucket’s by being mounted completely on the excavator. Stick mounted thumbs require more welding when being installed as there has to be two pivot points welded to the machine. Most stick mounted thumbs that we supply come with a large single piece base plate that is welded to the stick. See below.

solesbees stick mounted thumb

Progressive Link Thumb

Perhaps the latest thumb design is the progressive link thumb. This setup uses an extra link in between the hydraulic cylinder and the thumb in order to achieve more rotation. Being able to rotate the thumb further, means that you can work closer to the cab with the stick more upright and still meet the bucket’s cutting edge. 

In most cases the link is cut out of very thick metal plates to withstand the loads that can be put upon the thumb. Some manufacturers even use a cast link to achieve the strength needed. 

solesbees progressive link thumb

How To Install A Hydraulic Thumb On An Excavator?

Since there are a few different thumb designs, they are all installed slightly differently, however the principle is going to be the same across the board. We recommend having your thumb installed by an experienced excavator dealer/mechanic. 

In the US, most machines now come with a hydraulic thumb from the factory. If not, they often have a cylinder base plate already mounted on the excavator so there will be no need to weld the base plate yourself. However, when ordering a thumb from any manufacturer, make them aware if your machine already has a thumb base plate installed, as they will have to provide a thumb cylinder that matches this base plate, which may be different from their standard mounting position, pin size etc. 

If your machine does not have any thumb mounting plates installed already, don’t worry, as all hydraulic thumbs will come with a base plate as standard. Each thumb manufacturer may provide slightly different installation instructions but they will all be very similar. For the Solesbee’s thumbs offered by The Attachment Company – you can find the Solesbee’s Installation Instruction here! Provide link. 

Other Attachment Options

Excavator thumbs are often only used with the standard digging bucket but can often be more efficient in conjunction with other attachments such as rakes & stump pullers etc. A thumb and rake combination is one of our more popular setups for customers working in land clearing where they are moving a lot of trees and logs, for example.

solesbees thumb and stump puller

The Attachment Company Thumbs

The Attachment Company offers all thumb variations from Solesbee’s Equipment in Atlanta, GA. Solesbee’s have been building thumbs for over 20 years and provide some of the highest quality but also affordable attachments in the market. 

As mentioned previously in the article, most thumbs are built to suit the specifications of the machine and also the customer. For this reason, all thumbs from The Attachment Company are built to order. This results in a usual lead time of 4-5 weeks to manufacture. However this means that you get the correct width, length and number of tines on your thumb to perfectly match with the bucket. 

Many other attachment suppliers keep generic thumbs in stock that are meant to suit a range of machines and bucket sizes. However, this often means that the thumb doesn’t properly match with the bucket’s cutting edge or teeth. This is why we believe it is important to wait on a short lead time and get your thumb built specifically for your needs. 


In conclusion, there are many thumb variations in the market that all suit specific needs and applications. Often price is one of the most important factors but can vary widely between thumb setups, even on the same machine. 

We believe that thumbs should be built specifically for the machine and bucket, so for that reason we provide thumbs that are built to a high standard and designed specifically for your machine. 

If there is anything that we did not cover and that you would like to ask, you can contact us here!

We appreciate you taking the time to read through our guide to excavator thumb attachments. 

The Attachment Company LLC

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NEW PRODUCT – Digga XD High Flow Trenchers

digga excavator trencher

We are proud to launch some of the toughest and heaviest trenchers on the market from Digga. Based in Australia, Digga manufactures augers, trenchers and more for shipping all over the world. Tough, reliable and heavy duty – their XD trencher line can trench up to 5 feet deep and 12” wide.

digga xd high flow trencher on skid steer

The Attachment Company now offers the Digga XD High Flow Trencher models for depths of 4 and 5 feet with chains from 6 inches wide to 12 inches wide. Skid steer mounts and custom built excavator mounts are available to suit high flow skid steer loaders as well as excavators up to 10 tons. 

Why use a trencher?

Trenchers can dramatically improve the efficiency of digging a trench versus digging with an excavator. Not only will your trench be more consistent, it will also be completed much, much faster. 

  • Trench quickly and accurately
  • Maintain consistent depth throughout the whole trench
  • Dig as narrow as 4” and as wide as 12” 
  • Dig narrow trenches at deeper depths that with a bucket
  • “Crumber” bar enables clean cut sides of the trench
  • Spoil auger displaces the soil neatly to one side for easier backfilling


Trenchers can be used in many different applications .Some of the most popular application are listed below: 

  • Pipe laying for irrigation, 
  • Underground power and communications
  • Underground communications: telephone lines, internet etc. 
  • Road repairs
  • General construction
digga excavator trencher

Trenchers from Digga have a few unique features that make trenching a simpler and more efficient task. 

Adjustable Depth Control

One of the greatest features of each Digga trencher is the ability to adjust trenching depth quickly and accurately. Using the adjustable skid plate on the side of the unit – you can set the working depth of the trencher. When the skid plate is sitting flush on the ground – you know that you are getting the correct depth that is needed. 

XD 1200 HF (4ft) Depth Presets

24”, 32”, 40” & 48” depths

XD 1500 HF (5ft) Depth Presets

30”, 40”, 48” & 60” depths

Head Start Crumber System

With the head start crumber system, you can start trenching from within the cab without having to get out and put down the “scraper” bar that cleans out the trench. 

The “crumber” is important because it scrapes all the dirt from the bottom and sides of the trench to force it up the chain to the auger. This means you get a clean trench on the bottom and the sides. 

Choosing the Correct Trencher Attachment

As with any skid steer or trencher attachment – choosing the correct tool for your machine and application is vital to ensure that you get the most from your investment. 

Skid Steers & Excavators

We use the same trencher attachments for skid steers and excavators. The only change is the mounting system to suit the machine that the trencher will be going on. 

XD High Flow Trenchers suit larger skid steers with high flow capabilities up to 45GPM. 

These units also suit excavators in the 5 to 10 ton range. 

Once the parent machine has been established to be within the operating ranges of the XD High Flow trencher models – we can select a depth and chain width. 

Both XD High Flow Models can trench from 6 to 12” wide at their maximum depths.

Chain Types

trencher chain

For these models – we highly recommend the combination chain that has a combination of tungsten and earth teeth for a mixture of different terrains.

Equipment Maintenance

Digga trenchers should be maintained like all other pieces of heavy equipment with oil changes at the prescribed intervals as well as regular all around checks on the unit. Chains can be tensioned to the correct tension when becoming loose. 

Wear parts like teeth and sprockets can be replaced when worn out to help with keeping efficiency high when digging. The Attachment Company carries spare parts for all of our attachments to get you back up and running as quickly as possible.  


Should you ever have any issues – Digga products are covered under an industry leading warranty listed below: 

36 months gearbox warranty

24 months hydraulic motor warranty

24 months on all other parts excluding wear parts e.g. teeth

Outwith these warranty periods, The Attachment Company, are pleased to offer replacement parts at reasonable prices. We are proud to work hard to service our customers, as we realize there are many options available when choosing excavator or skid steer attachments. We believe that service and support is second only to quality, when it comes to the importance of choosing an attachment!

If you have any other questions that are not covered in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us through our website or call (941) 212 0037.