trencher attachment

Just when you think there’s nothing left to write about, Caterpillar sends you information on its new skeleton buckets for skid steers and track loaders — just in time for Halloween. I think to myself: What other nefarious-sounding or -looking attachments are out there that I could work into a Halloween-themed pub message that would clearly win some sort of award? I chose these six!

Skeleton Bucket

Used primarily to separate rocks and large debris from soil and sand, skeleton buckets find work in everything from agriculture to scrap handling. Alas, not really used for skeletons.

Silage Defacer

Sounds like a serial killer, but this attachment just loosens and removes compacted silage from silos or bunkers while maintaining a smooth face to reduce spoilage. Still, great villain name.

Cemetery Bucket

This bucket is specifically designed for digging graves. It’s engineered with straight side walls and a flat bottom for creating a nice even flat surface, perfect for making holes for dead people.

Bale Spear

This ag implement is easily the most likely to show up in a horror film. It’s a giant spear (often painted red) that goes into bales of hay or straw, making for effortless transport.


It looks like a giant chainsaw Leatherface would prefer, but trencher attachments usually just dig trenches for utilities and irrigation systems (3 to 5 ft deep).

Crusher Bucket

Has anyone seen Fargo? Crusher buckets demolish all types of waste material into small, transportable sizes. Words like jaw movement and crushing output will be used.

Check out more attachments here, if you dare!

Keith Gribbins, Associate Publisher

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