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Excavator ripper attachments?

Discussion in 'Excavators' started by CAT D9H, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. CAT D9H

    CAT D9H Senior Member

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    Hi , I was wondering if anyone here uses ripper attachments for excavators and what your thoughts are ? we are thinking about buying one for our Cat 330C L, we will mainly be using it to rip through caliche ,rock and hard ground before digging , what are your thoughts on them , are they hard on pins and bushings like hammers are ? any info you can give would be great , and if you have pics of them post away , also what are some good brands of rippers ? thanks
     
  2. RT Engineering

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    I liked the multiripper from Leading Edge Attachments. It is a little funny looking, but it gets the job done.

    There are two really nice features to this ripper, it has three shanks, which digs the corners of the trench or excavation. The other is that it has a tip radius substantially shorter than the bucket, which give it some serious digging power.

    I found it to be the perfect prybar, great for breaking out stumps, and footings that may tweak or damage the bucket.

    Later,

    RT
     
  3. idler

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    There is a place in orlando fl, called pemberton where they build all kind of ripper for any excavator, for a 330c i would get a rock bucket with rippers.
     
  4. joispoi

    joispoi Senior Member

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    Rippers are very common over here. A ripper is a great tool to have next to you when you´re digging hard ground. If you´ve got a hydraulic quick connect, you´ll find yourself switching back and forth between the digging bucket and the ripper as needed. You´ll also find yourself wondering how it was possible to dig hard ground before you got the ripper.

    Using a ripper is not any harder on the machine than the digging bucket. If anything, it is easier on the machine because you´re concentrating the digging and tear out force on a smaller area. The machine doesn´t need to strain as hard to make progress.
     
  5. CAT D9H

    CAT D9H Senior Member

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    Thanks for the help , we were thinking of getting a single shank but I'd like to start looking a multi shank rippers now
     
  6. 95zIV

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    IMO a single shank ripper is going to give you the most versatility and best productivity. It will penetrate deeper than a multi-shank ripper and will rip rock in situations where the extra rippers prevent you from getting a good bite, for ex: when you're following uneven cracks and fissures. If the ground is that soft where more than one ripper is needed to stay productive, it's soft enough to dig with a good set of teeth on your bucket.
     
  8. Iron Horse

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    Only suitable for a mini X , but someone may be interested . This is one i had made to my design , it is for tearing tree roots with the bottom hook and pushing and pulling the stumps out with the top hooks . With the limited power of a mini , you need all the help you can get .
     

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