For contractors who have invested in Cat compact equipment <dash> skid-steer loaders, multi-terrain loaders, compact track loaders and compact wheel loaders <dash> the opportunity to diversify and expand can be as close as the coupler at the end of their machines’ boom arms.

More than 34 different Cat work tools are available for such machines as the Cat 287 multi-terrain loader. According to Cat product managers at GIE+EXPO, although the cost of buying attachments can add up, contractors often discover that they can recoup their investment in a short time, because a range of basic attachments allows them to work faster and more efficiently at a greater diversity of jobs.

Plus, the use of attachments significantly reduces overhead costs by simplifying equipment transport between jobs.

The universal-type coupler used on Cat compact equipment allows machines in the contractor’s fleet to share attachments, further enhancing the contractor’s work potential by permitting any available machine to be quickly deployed with just the right work tool. In many instances, the machine also is already equipped with auxiliary hydraulics for handling hydro-mechanical tools such as trenchers, augers and stump grinders. Even better, the machine may be fitted with a high-flow auxiliary system, which expands the range of work tools to include heavy-duty performers such as cold planers and snow blowers.