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Feature Story - Utility Contractor Magazine

Feature Story - Utility Contractor Magazine

Feature Story - Utility Contractor

Getting Attached Hydraulic Work Tools Can Provide Big Options for Your Small Machines By Tara Deering-Hansen When a contractor needs to install electrical, plumbing, phone, cable or fiber optic lines for residential and commercial properties, it’s no surprise that they all look for the most cost-effective way to get the job done. In the last several years, many have turned to compact equipment to get that extra boost in productivity. Not only can a skid steer loader, compact excavators — and more recently compact and mini track loaders — squeeze into small places at a fraction of the operating cost of their larger machines, they are also able to run a variety of attachments to complete almost any task. According to Justin Odegaard, attachment product representative for Bobcat Co., compact machines give contractors the ability to perform more than one task because of the number of attachments the machines can utilize. “Compact machines are especially useful for utility contractors, who are able to use them to cost-effectively extend their utility installation offerings,” Odegaard explains. “Instead of buying several dedicated pieces of equipment, contractors can spend thousands less by purchasing attachments for their loaders and excavators.” The size of a compact skid steer, track loader or excavator is of course one of the most obvious benefits of the machines. For utility contractors working in established areas where they must access tight spaces, compact equipment allows them to go where larger machines can’t. But Odegaard explains that loaders and excavators with track undercarriages provide additional benefits that include improved traction, increased productivity, better flotation and reduced ground disturbance. 28 Utility Contractor | August 2007

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