7 attachments to give your compact equipment extra lift

When you need a lift on the jobsite, these seven attachments can give your construction equipment the extra utility they need for hoisting and placing items exactly where you want them.

Lift broken stone and brick

removable grapple from Tobroco-GiantTobroco-Giant has developed a removable grapple for its broken-stone forks for when you need to lift broken bricks or stones, such as during road construction. The cylinder and grapple are designed for easy mounting or removal and are attached by tool pins. The attachment is designed for the company’s skid steers and telehandlers. Widths range from 29.5 to 68.9 inches, depending on the carrier machine. The fork’s side teeth are placed higher and diagonally to prevent loads from failing off. The back remains low for operator visibility.

Expand telehandler’s use

JLG fork-mounted extendable trussJLG has designed a fork-mounted extendable truss for lifting and placing objects on the jobsite. The attachment for telehandlers can accommodate a maximum fork size of 2.36x7x72 inches. It can be used for such tasks as erecting metal buildings, setting wooden trusses and putting up post-frame buildings. The company says the truss expands the telehandler’s versatility by providing a low-profile attachment for handling suspended loads.

Move large items with ease

Kubota LB60 Loader Boom The LB60 Loader Boom from Kubota by Land Pride is designed to easily move large items. The reinforced mast is constructed from 6-inch square tube and has a 6,000-pound lift capacity. It features two 1-inch lifting lugs, at mid-mast and tip. The boom mounts to a universal skid plate and features chain connections on each side plate to stabilize the load. The attachment is compatible with Kubota SSV skid steers and SVL compact track loaders. It is 60 inches wide and designed for placing and removing such things as concrete forms and transporting trees.

Vacuum lifting

Vacuworx SL 2 Subcompact Vacuum Lifting SystemThe Vacuworx SL 2 Subcompact Vacuum Lifting System has been updated with an improved hydraulic system. It also has modular pad options so it can work with more machines. It comes standard with a 24-by-14-inch pad. A 12-by-36-inch pad is available for handling narrow trench cuts, and other size options are available by request. Though Vacuworx recommends using the SL 2 on carriers with a case drain, the new hydraulic design allows it to be used on compact excavators and older skid steers with no case drains. The SL 2 retains its 2,700-pound lifting capacity and has quick-connect hydraulic hoses.

More than a pipe cradle

Lift Tools Material Carrier from GenieGenie designed its new Lift Tools Material Carrier to efficiently carry materials and lift them to height. It can handle a wide range of materials and has a higher load capacity – ranging from 350 to 700 pounds, depending on the model – than a standard pipe cradle attachment. It is compatible with Genie’s GS-2669, GS-3369 and GS-4069 DC and RT rough-terrain scissor lifts. It can be used to carry lumber, pipe, HVAC materials, siding and plate material. It can be installed laterally or longitudinally and can still be used when the extension deck is retracted.

Places loads in complex conditions

Manitou 360-degree Rotating Fork CarriageManitou’s 360-degree Rotating Fork Carriage is designed for placing loads in complex positions, with its ITA Class III fork carriage with continuous rotation. The attachment is compatible with MRT 2150 and MRT 30350 Manitou Rotating Telehandlers and is ideal for construction projects with limited space, handling long materials such as trusses and beams, the company says. It provides constant monitoring of the load’s weight, angle and position and has adaptive overload control. It has a rated operating capacity of 8,800 pounds (front) and 5,500 pounds (rotated).

Adding fork power

Worksite Pro pallet forks from John DeereJohn Deere says it has redesigned its Worksite Pro pallet forks for added durability and power. The forks are compatible with the company’s G- and E-Series skid steers and compact track loaders and with the L-, K-II- and K-Series compact wheel loaders. They also work with most competitors’ models, the company says. The frames can handle forks rated at 6,200 pounds. Features include a brick guard design for added strength, smooth surfaces to protect loads and a D-ring for securing loads. They are compatible with Deere’s Quik-Tatch system.