Rear rippers are versatile plant equipment attachments that ensure you have an easy time digging hard materials such as rocks and clay soils. If you need to attach the equipment to your bulldozer, tractor, or excavator, below are some things you should know. 

Choosing A Ripper

The general rule is that the ripper should suit your desired application. Your first concern would be whether the ripper is compatible with the available hitch on the plant equipment. Secondly, examine the size of the ripper. Long rippers dig deep into the ground. They are suitable for civil works, commercial and civil projects where contractors need to break large volumes of rocks. On the other hand, shorter rippers suit farmers who need to rip several inches of soil. What is the weight of the ripper? Go for a light ripper when working with small plant equipment such as skid steer loaders. 

Examine the ripper configuration. For instance, do you need a single ripper tooth or several teeth? Additionally, check whether you can adjust the height of the ripper's teeth and the distance between the teeth. Finally, examine how easy it is to remove the ripper's teeth. Ideally, it should be a one-person job. Remember, you might need to remove the teeth for straightening or sharpening. 

The Durability of The Ripper

The ripper must be durable. Otherwise, it could bend or break as you rip roots and rocks. Therefore, it would be worth examining its build quality. The ripper should be made from rigid materials such as chromium-molybdenum. The teeth should also be rust-resistant. It prevents them from weakening when exposed to soil, rain, or humid environments. The manufacturer warranty can also help you establish the durability of the ripper. Manufacturers who offer many years of warranty are sure that the ripper can withstand rigid conditions without breaking. 

To Buy or To Rent

Your current situation determines whether you will buy or rent the ripper. Buying suits people who need the ripper for an extended period or for daily use. Besides, you might need a customised ripper. If you opt to purchase a used ripper, examine its hydraulic mechanism and the condition of the teeth.

You do not need to buy the ripper if you need it for a few hours or days. Plant equipment hire companies have a wide range of rippers for rent. The rule is to ensure the rented ripper is fully functional. Besides, assess the rental conditions and pricing.

For more information on rear hydraulic rippers, contact a supplier near you.