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Utility Vehicles: Understanding Attachment Options
OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: Utility Vehicles: Knowing Facility NeedsPt. 2: This PagePt. 3: Utility Vehicles: Attachments That Perform
Manufacturers of grounds equipment offer an array of attachments for their products. While mowers are the most common and expensive purchases, managers can use attachments up and down the range of equipment. The selection of attachments varies from large pieces of equipment to mid-size and small pieces.
While mower and utility vehicle manufacturers have their own attachments, purchasing from a manufacturer of grounds attachments has become an increasingly popular option. These companies provide a selection of attachments for out-front mowers, and their attachments are also designed to fit with a variety of major manufacturers.
This sole purpose of mowing decks is to cut grass. The operator can determine the length of the cut by lowering or raising the attachment. Mowing attachments place the blades on the front of the unit, and some operators prefer this option over ride-on mowers because it can create a more even cut.
Ride-on mowers have the blades in the rear, so the vehicle travels over the grass, then cuts it. A mowing deck can generate a more precise cut, but advances in new-generation ride-on and stand-on mowers have produced a sharper turning radius.
A bucket attachment allows the operator to dig, carry, and load materials. The driver operates the attachment using a joystick from within the cab, causing the bucket to lift, scoop or tilt its contents.
Grounds crews can use snow blades to remove light to moderate amounts of snow on sidewalks, driveways and parking lots in winter, and in the summer, they can use it to perform light grading, making it another year-round attachment.
A sprayer enables crews to spray fertilizers and other chemicals. The attachment greatly reduces the amount of time a worker has to spend walking around the property with a handheld sprayer wand connected to a backpack tank.
A spreader enables crews to spread seeds, salt, sand, fertilizer, among other materials. The operator pours the contents into the top of the attachment, which distributes the contents in a spray to cover as much area as possible.