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Compact Track Loader Attachments: A Guide to Unlock Your Machine’s Full Capabilities

Compact Track Loader Attachments: A Guide to Unlock Your Machine’s Full Capabilities

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Compact Track Loader Attachments: A Guide to Unlock Your Machine’s Full Capabilities

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Compact track loaders are versatile and robust machines that find use in a wide array of applications, from construction to landscaping. While they closely resemble the design of a skid steer, they feature tracks instead of wheels.

This distinction sets track loaders apart not only from skid steers but also from traditional wheel loaders. While wheel loaders are generally larger and suited for heavy-duty applications, compact track loaders excel in challenging or cramped spaces.

Like their wheeled relatives, compact track loaders can be outfitted with attachments designed to augment their capabilities. Like choosing the right tool for a job, selecting the appropriate attachment for a compact track loader can significantly enhance its effectiveness.

In this guide, we’ll discuss some of the best attachments for compact track loaders. Choosing the right attachments for your machine will help you maximize productivity and improve the efficiency of your machine.

Types of Attachments for Compact Track Loaders

There is a wide array of attachments available for compact track loaders, each providing additional functionality to your compact track loader.


The quintessential attachment for any compact track loader— buckets are great for digging, lifting and carrying materials. They are essential for tasks ranging from earthmoving and grading to debris cleanup. Common uses for buckets include loading, unloading and transporting soil, sand, gravel and other bulk materials.


Fork attachments transform compact track loaders into efficient material-handling machines. Primarily used for pallet handling, they are ideal for transporting and loading materials like lumber, brick and palletized products. Their design allows for easy lifting and maneuvering of heavy loads in warehouses, construction sites and farms, making them indispensable for logistics and storage tasks.


Augers are drilling attachments designed to bore holes into the ground. They are commonly used for installing posts, planting trees and constructing foundations. These attachments come in various sizes to accommodate different hole diameters and depths, making them suitable for tasks ranging from fencing and landscaping to utility projects.

Hydraulic Breakers

Hydraulic breakers are attachments used for demolition and breaking up concrete, asphalt and rock. They are essential tools in construction and road maintenance for breaking up hard surfaces and structures. Their high-impact force makes them ideal for building demolition and road repair.


Grapple attachments handle irregularly shaped materials like logs, rocks and debris. Their claw-like design allows for picking up and moving bulky or uneven items, making them ideal for landscaping, forestry, recycling and site cleanup operations. Grapples are particularly useful in situations where precise handling of awkward materials is required.


Trenchers are specialized attachments used for digging narrow trenches, particularly for laying pipes. These attachments vary in size and trench depth capabilities, making them suitable for a range of projects from small-scale irrigation installations to larger utility and construction works.

Brush Cutters

Brush cutters, also known as brush hogs, are used for clearing overgrown vegetation, like thick brush and small trees. They are commonly employed in land clearing, right-of-way maintenance and landscape management. Their blades can cut through dense vegetation, making them ideal for managing overgrown fields and trails.

Rotary Cutters

Rotary cutters are similar to bush cutters but are designed for mowing and maintaining grassy areas, including fields and roadside verges. They can handle tall grass and light brush, making them suitable for agricultural and landscaping tasks.


Snowblower attachments are essential for efficiently removing snow from roads and other surfaces. They use a rotating impeller to pick up and throw snow away from the cleared path, making them ideal for handling heavy snowfall in residential and commercial areas.

Snow Plows

Snow plows are designed to push snow aside to clear pathways and surfaces. Commonly used in winter maintenance on roads, parking lots and driveways, they are essential for ensuring safe and accessible surfaces during snowy conditions.


Rake attachments are used for soil preparation and leveling. They are ideal for landscaping tasks like preparing seedbeds, clearing rocks and roots, and grading soil. Their tines are designed to efficiently comb through soil, leaving a smooth, even surface perfect for planting or construction.

How to Choose the Right Attachment

Choosing the right attachment for your compact track loader is important for ensuring the efficiency of your project. Some key factors should be considered to ensure the attachment is not just compatible with your machine but also well-suited to the requirements of your job.

Before choosing an attachment, it’s important to note the job’s requirements. Does the project require digging, lifting, clearing or a specialized task like snow removal? The type of work dictates the attachment needed. For example, digging calls for buckets or augers while material handling may require forks or grapples.

Next, consider the ground conditions and terrain. For instance, rakes are ideal for gravel or soil, whereas snow plows are specific to snowy conditions.

Compatibility with your compact track loader is another crucial factor. Not all attachments fit all loader models; therefore, it’s important to select an attachment that will work well with your machine’s model, hydraulic capabilities, weight and carrying capacity.

Maintenance and Care of Attachments

Proper maintenance of compact track loader attachments is crucial for their longevity. Regular inspections should focus on wear and tear, especially on moving parts and hydraulics. For attachments like buckets and grapples, check for structural damage, while hydraulic attachments require clean, tightly sealed connections. 

When not in use, attachments should be stored in a clean, dry place, preferably off the ground to prevent corrosion. Lubrication is also vital; moving parts such as hinges and joints should be regularly lubricated according to manufacturer recommendations to prevent wear. 

Adhering to these practices will ensure attachment reliability and maximize the lifespan of your attachments, safeguarding your investment and reducing repair costs.

Final Thoughts

Compact track loaders are wonderful machines, precisely because they can be used for a wide variety of construction tasks. Selecting the right attachments for your specific needs is the best way to ensure you get the most out of your loader. If you need replacement parts for your compact track loader, check out the EquipmentShare Shop. Our online catalog has the OEM and aftermarket components you need to get back on track. Find what you need and get it shipped right to you. Or contact our parts experts and get personalized assistance.

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