How to choose the most suitable mulching attachment
Before work can begin on any construction site it must be cleared of existing growth. Clearing land is also often a vital task for many other purposes, whether you want to turn an area over for crop production or simply to improve the view from your window. When clearing land, mulching is often the best option because it clears away the unwanted material but prevents the waste material from going to landfill and allows it to be put to good use.
If you need to do some mulching then you are going to need the right equipment. You could opt for a light mulching mower for domestic use, or at the other end of the spectrum, you could choose a forestry mulcher.
Is a mulching attachment the best option?
If you do a lot of mulching then a dedicated mulching machine will obviously be the best choice but if mulching is one of a multitude of jobs that you undertake then choosing a mulching attachment for an existing excavator often makes more sense. Selecting the right mulching attachment for your excavator will be based on three key factors:
- the best blades for the job
- the total flail weight
- the amount of oil required by the flail
Which blades should you get?
The right blades for your mulching attachment will depend on exactly what you want to clear. It often makes sense to talk to your supplier and see what they can suggest for your particular project. In general, for smaller flails, you will normally have to select between hammer blades and Y-shaped blades. If you want to provide a clean cut on hedgerows then Y-shaped blades are likely to be your best option while hammer blades work better for more extensive clearing. If your mulching is more heavy-duty then you may want to consider fixed teeth or a forestry rotor including swing mallets.
Is the weight too heavy?
Part of the problem with mulching is that it is often carried out over uneven ground and you must be certain that the mulching attachment is not so heavy that it unbalances your excavator. You must have confidence that you can safely cover the whole of the ground without difficulty.
How much oil do you need?
Your mulching attachment will need oil supplied through a flow control valve. To allow the attachment to run as intended your digger must be able to provide a sufficient flow of oil without impact the performance of the digger.