Top 8 Attachments You Must Have for Your Compact Loaders in Landscaping

Different work requires different tools. Pairing your compact loaders with a variety of attachments can help you improve safety and efficiency. In order to assist you in determining which attachments are best suited for landscaping tasks – planting trees, clearing land, installing underground irrigation systems, creating paths, placing landscape materials, or moving pallets, we are delighted to present the top 8 must-have attachments.

Top 8 Attachments You Must Have for Your Compact Loaders in Landscaping
1. Bucket

Buckets may not be the most glamorous or exciting tools, but definitely, they are some of the most versatile and useful ones you can have in your arsenal. Whether you have a skid steer loader or track loader, upgrading beyond the standard bucket opens up a world of possibilities from digging into and moving large piles of dirt or heavy landscaping rock to transporting larger materials like stone and concrete pavers. On job sites like building retaining walls or creating landscaping berms, buckets do significant work, and selecting the appropriate one is crucial to meet the demands of your applications. Our tips can help guide you in choosing the right bucket for your needs, which you can find by visiting this article.

2. Pallet Fork

The pallet fork is a commonly used attachment in the landscaping business that allows you to lift and transport bulky, bagged, or palletized materials with ease and speed. This powerful tool comes in standard and medium-duty options, both designed to offer excellent strength and durability. It features side steps that make getting in and out of the cab easy, and a standard, see-through spill guard that ensures excellent visibility. With this attachment, you can now easily plan to sod the backyard, lay pavers to create a garden path, create new garden beds, and haul in bags of potting soil or specialty mulch.

3. Auger

Planting small trees and shrubs throughout your property or installing a new fence or pergola can transform your property’s curb appeal – but can also require days of backbreaking work with a shovel. An auger attachment has the power to quickly, efficiently, and accurately dig holes for things like trees, shrubs, and fencing, deeper and faster – even in hard, rocky soil. So you spend less time and effort digging by hand, and more time enjoying the result of your handiwork. Choosing an auger that is too big for your machine will put unnecessary stress on the compact loader and keep it from running efficiently. It’s about balance involving machine weight, power, system pressure/flow rates, auger diameter, digging depth, and soil classification. Make sure to pick an auger drive to match the flow and pressure of the compact loader (standard or high flow) and that will handle the diameter of the auger that you would like to use. Keep in mind that the higher the flow rate, the faster the auger will rotate. Compare how much GPM your compact loader auxiliary hydraulics produce to the ratings of the auger attachment you are planning to purchase. If the compact loader produces 16 GPM you should choose among auger attachments rated at 10-20 GPM. When working with good digging conditions, such as sand, clay, and loam soils, choose an auger for its speed to increase productivity. Choose an auger with a higher volume of torque to break up harder materials such as compacted soil, asphalt, concrete, and frozen surfaces. The tougher the conditions, the larger the hole, and the deeper the hole the more you will prefer torque over speed. Speed would be the best choice if you are digging in plain dirt or sand to allow the auger to throw the material off the auger. The depth of a dig depends directly on the length of the auger bit. They are approximately 1.2m in overall length and available for round or hex drive augers. A hex drive shaft uses six sides to drive the auger into the ground, giving it more driving surface, which ultimately results in longer wear life, and is ideal for tough digging conditions such as compacted dirt, asphalt, concrete, and frozen surfaces. Adapters are available to convert a round auger drive to a hex bit and vice versa. Two basic types of auger drives are available – chain reduction drives and planetary drives. A planetary drive will usually offer more longevity than a chain drive. It generally has a lot less maintenance. If something breaks, it will be more costly to fix. A chain drive will typically have a lower cost than a planetary drive but is more susceptible to wear and tear from outside elements like rock, dirt, and sand.

4. Landscape Rake/ Auto Rake

Landscape rake, also referred to as auto rake, is an excellent attachment for grooming and finishing soil for seeding. They are ideal for a variety of projects ranging from turf and seeding to heavy-duty landscaping. Landscape rake can rake and collect surface debris while smoothing and leveling the soil over large areas. Once it is full, collected debris can be easily dumped at a chosen location. This attachment is also used for removing roots, rocks, and other debris that may be present in the topsoil before grading. The tines of the landscape rake can cut soil, allowing it to separate and aerate the soil, making it perfect for soil conditioning. In simple words, landscape rakes are the perfect tool for ensuring your soil is in ideal condition for your landscaping needs.

5. Trencher

Trenchers are a staple piece of equipment on landscaping job sites. From digging and moving dirt to cutting through rock, contractors know that the trenchers allow them to install utilities quickly and efficiently. Designed with the power and strength to dig in hard and rocky soil, teeth and chain options give you more versatility, thereby enabling the maximization of trenching capabilities for various soil conditions. Trenchers come in different sizes, with digging depths ranging from 609mm to 1524mm and trench widths spanning between 152mm and 305mm. The manual or hydraulic side shift feature is crucial as it allows users to dig close to buildings, fences, and other obstacles on the jobsite, thereby reducing the need for manual labor and improving efficiency. Single Standard chains, equipped with cupped teeth on every other section, are recommended for light to moderate digging in loose, damp, clay, and loamy soils. Double Standard chains, featuring roughly twice the number of teeth, are recommended for harder, drier soil. Half Rock & Frost chains are the go-to option for harder, frozen, and rocky digging conditions.

6. Grapple

Do you need to move heavy and hard-to-handle materials such as brush, logs, demolition debris, and landscaping stones? Take heart in knowing that grapple attachments have got you covered, with different configurations that are perfect for managing even your toughest landscaping work.

The Brush Root Grapple, for instance, is designed to deliver maximum chomping and ripping power, making it ideal for handling awkward materials such as logs, tree stumps, brush, rocks, roots, overgrowth, debris, loose hay, or straw without driving teeth into the ground; allows dirt to fall on-site.

You can also count on the Industrial Grapple which is excellent for moving heavier, hard-to-manage materials such as odd-shaped objects and scrap materials derived from broken-up concrete and rebar, landscape timbers, or lumber from old decking and docks. The two-arm design of the larger industrial grapple grabs hold of material in two places. As a result, you get maximum contact with material and strong biting force across irregular-shaped loads. With easy-to-use hydraulic controls, any operator can securely handle bulky or uneven loads.

There are specialized grapple attachments for rocks and long loads, known as Skeleton Rock Grapple and Log Grapple.

The Skeleton Rock Grapple is specifically designed to scrape with loader arms against boom stops. Its see-through design allows for excellent visibility, while the tines permit dirt to fall through. Additionally, the grapple offers complete protection of the hose routing, providing an added layer of safety.

The Log Grapple is an excellent attachment for handling logs, pipes, brushes, and other bulky materials. It features 2″ (508 mm) x 8″ (3032 mm) cylinders, and will close to a log or pipe as small as 6″ (1524 mm).

The versatile Rotating Grapple 180 Degrees attachment has the ability to rotate up to 180 degrees featuring spring-centered return, lateral lock, and in-line lock positions for handling material at different angles. Designed to lift and handle heavy, awkward-sized material such as logs, culverts, water pipes, telephone poles, and more with controlled precision. Load, unload, and transport material up to 1500 lbs (680kgs). The serrated cradle of the grapple steadies material in-line for straight-on loading or transport. The grapple tines open to a maximum of 39″ (990 mm) for grappling large objects and fold together as tight as 3″ (76 mm) in diameter for holding pipe, brush, or smaller material.

The single-cylinder Utility Fork Grapple attachment has optimal holding ability for hard-to-handle light materials such as manure, loose hay, straw, sod, silage, bedding, and other bulk materials. You can quickly and easily add more teeth, allowing you to handle smaller materials with improved efficiency within a few minutes.

A Grapple Bucket is typically used on hard flat surfaces. Materials are scraped into a hard bucket, producing a clean lift and sweep. The attachment securely collects debris materials, making removal a breeze anywhere you need to! Available in Standard, Medium, and Heavy-Duty models in widths ranging from 60” (1524 mm) to 88” (2235 mm), with independently operating grapple arms that can powerfully clamp onto uneven loads.

So, don’t let heavy materials weigh you down – let our grapple attachments inspire you to tackle even the most challenging landscaping work with ease.

7. Soil Conditioner & Roto Tiller

If you’re starting a new garden bed or need to thoroughly prepare the soil, a Roto Tiller is a good choice. This is an ideal attachment for breaking up clumps and mixing compost or other materials into existing soil. Its versatile functionality enables you to operate it in a forward or reverse motion, making it ideal for optimal seedbed preparation and other landscape functions.

Soil Conditioner is gentler and won’t disrupt the soil as extensively as Roto Tiller, ideal for maintaining existing landscapes and improving soil texture. It prepares soil while leveling and filling in fewer passes. Its carbide-tipped teeth easily rip through clumps while penetrating the ground. It has an easy-to-maintain direct-drive hydraulic motor, and no chains or sprockets to worry about. 

8. Tree Spade & Transplanter

The best attachment for planting trees is the Tree Spade. Move and place trees, shrubbery, and boulders and dig holes for new trees all with the same attachment. There are three types of blade configurations on tree spades, each suited to a type of soil and each providing a different type of root ball size from 36” (914 mm) to 48” (1219 mm). Landscapers using the tree spade attachment should remember the 10-1 ratio. Multiplying the diameter of the tree trunk by 10 will give the size of the tree spade to use. For instance, a tree with a trunk diameter of 3 inches requires a 30-inch tree spade.

Tree Transplanter allows you to take advantage of the power of your compact loader to plant, transplant, and remove mature trees with up to 50” (1270 mm) diameter root balls. This heavy-duty attachment comes standard with 3, 4, or 6 semi-truncated 1/4” high alloy steel blades and additional valve port for operating rear stabilizers.

An attachment works best when it is used properly, and that’s a key aspect of Mayon Machinery‘s service. Contact us today to get more out of your compact loaders through our top-quality landscaping attachments. No matter what your landscaping needs are, whether it’s a small-scale project or a complete overhaul of your outdoor space, we are ready to assist you in getting the job done safely and efficiently.

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What Are the Recommendations of Smart Equipment for Environment Solutions?

In recent years, the global focus on environmental sustainability has led to a growing demand for innovative solutions in various sectors. Manitou, a leading provider of material handling and lifting equipment, has stepped up to the challenge by introducing a range of smart equipment designed to address environmental concerns. This article explores Manitou’s range of products, including telehandlers, industrial forklifts, and aerial work platforms, and recommends their applications in key environmental business sectors.

Waste Management

Every day you need to transport and handle, on industrial floors and off-road, in confined spaces, in dusty or dangerous environments; large volumes of waste. Your bulky or packaged materials with densities from 300 to 1800 kg/m³, bulk or packaged, are varied. Your sustained pace requires a secure handling solution with optimum comfort for your operators and total control over your working environment. Manitou offers a comprehensive range of telehandlers and attachments tailored for efficient waste management across various materials. From loading and handling paper, glass, and industrial waste to recycling plastic, tires, and wood, you can choose, within our range, the machine that best suits your business: masted forklift trucks from 1.5 to 7 t, telehandlers from small to large capacity 2.5 to 22.5 t, such as MLT-X, MHT-X, MRT-X and their specialized attachments and options: buckets, clamps, grapples, rotators, onboard weighing…, cater to diverse waste processing needs. The equipment is designed for tasks like shredding, handling hazardous waste, baling, landfill operations, and even the demolition of buildings. Occupancy sensors placed in the seat, pressurized cabins, safety stability devices, rearview cameras, recognition of attachments… so many options and standard features that ensure productivity, safety, and reliability in waste handling and recycling operations.

Water Treatment

During the construction and maintenance of your infrastructure, tasks involve working at various heights, handling materials, storage, and disposal. Minimizing downtime is crucial, and daily cleaning of facilities is a necessity. Our multipurpose telehandlers can enhance versatility with specific attachments like platforms, jibs, sweepers, and pickers, ensuring quick and easy setup to streamline your operations.

• For storage, transportation of parts, and water treatment plant maintenance, consider Manitou MT-X/MRT-X or electric industrial forklifts.


• When upgrading pipelines, use MT-X 625/MHT-X/MRT-X telehandlers or MSI/MI forklifts with a free lift mast for handling pipes on pallets or very long pipes, along with storage tanks. MSI or MT-X rough terrain machines facilitate material handling, and a side shift carriage ensures precise placement.

• Dealing with high-density silt from wastewater treatment plants in restricted areas requires machinery with tight turning circles. Choose Manitou MLT-X equipped with gripped tires and a reinforced bucket CBR to lift and place loads without sliding. For confined spaces, opt for a compact loader.

Renewable Energy

Professionals in renewable energy demand robust equipment for the diverse tasks involved in constructing and maintaining infrastructure, such as solar power plants, wind farms, geothermal plants, and hydroelectric plants. Tasks in biogas and biomass, such as loading and filling shredders, hoppers, and articulated lorries, are intensive and repetitive, necessitating precision and reliability for loading and unloading bulk products. From initial construction to everyday maintenance and solar installation cleaning, managing intervention heights, and handling bulky loads are daily challenges.

• Biogas, often associated with agricultural activities, requires handling various waste inputs like maize silage, bio waste, manure, or green waste. Manitou offers reliable and versatile MLT-X telehandlers with a range of attachments, including an onboard high-pressure cleaner, handling jib, and forks, optimizing operations such as loading silos and feeding hoppers.

• Biomass, sourced from fuelwood, pellets, and straw, represents developing energy alternatives. Manitou MLT, equipped with a spark arrestor for safe operation, includes options like return piping to the hydraulic oil tank, enabling the use of attachments like high-pressure cleaners and collector sweeper brushes for loading, storing, and feeding biomass boilers.

• Solar energy applications, including fixing or cleaning panels and setting up solar power plant infrastructure, require aerial work platforms (AWP) ranging from 8m to 28m of working height and MT/MRTs with platform attachments. To enhance platform operations, features like electrical connections, water intake, and compressed air can be added. For installing heavy structural paneling, opt for MHT-X with specific attachments tailored to your needs.


Day-to-day cleaning operations, such as window cleaning, bridge inspection, cleaning production sites, and landscape maintenance, are streamlined with aerial work platforms and rotating telehandlers. These machines, equipped with remote controls and high-pressure cleaners or 3D systems in negative mode for operations under bridges, along with collector sweeper brush attachments, make cleaning tasks more efficient.

Industrial Maintenance

Avoiding production downtime is a main priority. You need a quick response. Thanks to aerial work platforms and rotating telehandlers, you will reduce response time and maintain productivity.

By delving into the specific features and applications of each product, businesses can make informed decisions to enhance their environmental sustainability efforts. Manitou’s commitment to innovation and eco-friendly solutions positions its equipment as a valuable asset in the pursuit of a greener future. Contact our team at Mayon Machinery for advice on the machines best suited to your business needs for environment solutions across waste management, water treatment, renewable energy, cleaning, and industrial maintenance.


During The Construction of The SMC Cement Batching Plant in Calatagan, Batangas: A 500T Terex-Demag CC2500-1 Crawler Crane in Operation

The Mayon Machinery (“MMRI”) team together with MOF (“MOF Company Subic, Inc.”) has recently completed another project at the site of the SMC cement batching plant by successfully transferring heavy kiln shells from the barge using 500T TEREX-DEMAG CC2500-1 crawler crane.

Project Overview

San Miguel Corporation (“SMC”) is one of the largest and most diversified conglomerates in the Philippines, originally founded in 1890. Its cement business has been conducted through its subsidiaries for over 50 years and has a total nominal annual production capacity of approximately 17.5 million MTPY of finished cement. To reduce dependence on imports and avoid delays in the delivery of critical infrastructure projects in the region, SMC has started construction of one of its cement batching plants in Calatagan, Batangas.

In preparation for the lifting of the heavy kiln shells, our team has been coordinating with the MOF from the planning stage through to the practical process.

The MMC REBECAH barge cannot position itself as shown in the lifting plan, so MOF instructed the team with the new plan and positioned the barge alongside the jetty receiving platform.

Placing steel mats for the superlift tray in preparation for lifting the heavy kiln shells with a working radius of 24.5 meters, after which the barge will move forward to approach the next item to be lifted.

Locating the crane on the jetty required a high degree of precision. The positional constraints relating to the special steel mats combined with the lift capacity requirements, led the team to select a 500T TEREX-DEMAG CC2500-1 crawler crane to perform heavy lifting duties.

The Terex-​Demag CC 2500-1 Crawler Crane has a 500T lifting capacity with a maximum boom length of 84 m and a derrick length of up to 139 m. This crane has an exceptional boom system optimized for high lifting and superlift operation. Its counterweight, superstructure, and superlift tray all add up to a total weight of 375 tons.


MMRI met all of the challenges the clients faced and at a fraction of the cost of larger alternatives. Our fleet of rental cranes, the largest in the Philippines and Asia region, is designed to be versatile and adaptable to different sectors, in particular the loading of heavy items from barge to jetty without the aid of a barge crane. Contact us today for your heavy-lifting crane service including transport, lift, and installation with our most experienced operators, thus ensuring the utmost safety and efficiency throughout the project.


Silent and Vibration-Free Installation at First Philippines Industrial Park (FPIP)

We have recently completed a fantastic installation of sheet pile walls at the site of CCT Constructors Corporation (CCT) – a general contractor for Brother Industries Philippines, Inc. Factory Building Expansion.

The construction consisted of using an F111 Silent Piler, capable of handling 400mm wide sheet piles, to install U-shaped sheet piles (17–27 m long) to form retaining walls in the construction of a new factory building.

The Press-In Method for sheet piling installation was specified in the project plans due to the adjacent proximity to the existing factory.

Giken F111 Silent Piler_CCT_Brothers Philippines Factory Building Expansion

Giken F111 pushed the piles with silent and vibration-free while maintaining tight tolerances and speed of construction.

If you have been impacted by natural disasters, your current sea wall is under-engineered, or you are looking for structural repairs to your retaining wall, just give us a call. We specialize in Seawalls, Lake Walls, Flood Defence Walls, Retaining Walls, and much more using top-of-the-range equipment such as the Giken Silent Piler. If you are a contractor looking to rent a Giken Silent Piler like CCT, we can help. As an official Giken dealer, we also offer new Silent Pilers and repair services. You can trust Mayon Machinery as your empirical equipment subcontractor throughout the Philippines from the very early stages of each project.


Integrated Lifting Solutions For Philippines’ Energy Industry

Power is a fundamental necessity for utility companies and power producers. With the ever-growing energy demand, repairing damage to the distribution grid is a fact of life for most electric utility companies, while new manufacturing facilities are also being constructed. In the Philippines, a nation prone to natural disasters like typhoons, earthquakes, and lightning strikes, these challenges are particularly pronounced, often leaving consumers without power for days or even weeks. Typhoons can cause serious harm to power infrastructure by knocking down utility poles and damaging transmission wires, leading to prolonged power outages across entire regions. With the Philippines situated in a seismically active region, earthquakes can also disrupt the energy supply by causing structural damage to infrastructure. Lightning strikes are another constant threat to power distribution systems, often resulting in equipment failures and power outages. Therefore, ensuring the reliability of power infrastructure under these circumstances is of the utmost importance. From construction to maintenance, we’re ready with the broadest and most versatile fleet of rental equipment and lifting solutions available for the Philippines’ energy industry.

Specific Examples of Integrated Lifting Solutions
  • Typhoon Resilience: The Philippines is no stranger to devastating typhoons. Integrated lifting solutions have played a crucial role in the energy industry’s ability to swiftly respond to typhoon-related damage. For instance, after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which caused extensive power line damage, aerial lifts were used to access and repair electrical poles efficiently. This rapid response helped restore power to affected communities faster than traditional methods.
  • Solar Panel Installations: With the growing interest in renewable energy, the Philippines’ energy industry is increasingly turning to solar power. Installing solar panels on rooftops or in remote areas requires specialized equipment like scissor lifts, telehandlers, or a special solar pile driver. These lifting solutions simplify the installation process and improve efficiency.
BIBI 870 BL and Solar Pile Driver are used for solar panel installations
  • Smart Grid Expansion: As the demand for energy management grows, the integration of smart grids is becoming essential. Aerial lifts have been instrumental in installing smart grid components like sensors and meters on utility poles, ensuring a more reliable power distribution system.
Teupen Spider Lift is used for installing smart grid components on utility poles
  • Installing transmission wires and pylon erection: The wires and pylons themselves can be very heavy, so they often require special equipment to lift them into place. On such a project, a crane or a telehandler can make the job much easier. Heavy materials can easily be moved around the installation site and repairs are much quicker and more effective. Many of our customers use a rotating telehandler instead of a crane, partly because of their compact size and increased versatility with a hundred attachments compatible in just a single machine for multifunctional use in confined spaces where cranes cannot be used. Unlike cranes, rotating telehandlers feature 360° rotation, offering height and slew restriction and automatic attachment recognition. Additionally, they also include an onboard self-diagnostic computer and remote control operation. 
Enhancing Safety and Productivity with Aerial Lifts vs. Traditional Ways Such As Climbing or Scaffolding

Aerial lifts, including boom lifts, crawler lifts, and truck-mounted lifts, provide an enhanced level of safety and productivity compared to traditional ways such as climbing or scaffolding while ensuring workers have access to all the tools they need. These lifts offer a safe working platform, especially crucial for tasks involving power lines. By eliminating the need for constant ladder climbing, aerial lifts significantly mitigate fall risks. Consequently, aerial lifts prove invaluable for expediting substation maintenance operations.

Benefits of Aerial Lifts:

  • Seamless Access Over Fences and Along Cable Lines
  • Immediate Deployment with No Setup or Tear Down Required
  • Exceptional Performance on Uneven Ground
  Scaffolding Aerial Lifts (15 to 23m high)
(For 400 kV substation – 750 kV substation)
Scaffolds could not be balanced safely
Safe with oscillating axle, tracked tires, or stabilizer system
Safely lifts workers, while keeping ground stability
Scaffolds have to be brought into the compound and set up
Convenient with up-and-over boom
Can perform tasks from outside the compound
Requires set up, dismantling, climbing
< 1 Minute to reach full height
What Aerial Lift Users Should Be Aware Of

A good rule of thumb is to always treat power lines, wires, and other conductors as if they were energized, even if they are down or appear to be insulated. If you can’t avoid power lines completely, stay at least 3 meters away to avoid possible accidents. You should also avoid placing aerial lifts between power lines and other overhead hazards if possible.


When you assess the expense of purchasing the type of construction equipment used in the Philippines’ energy industry, renting is favorable due to the extremely high costs associated with owning the equipment, especially since it is often used for a short amount of time or a single task. Rely on Mayon Machinery to help you complete certain tasks, ensuring a more resilient and efficient power supply system throughout the Philippines.