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What is a Ripper Tooth?

What is a Ripper Tooth?

Alternative names: Ripper Teeth, Ripper Hook, Ground Hook, Ripper Claw, Digger Claw

What is a Ripper Tooth?

A ripper tooth is an attachment that is fitted to an excavator and used for breaking rock and very hard ground.

The design of this attachment means it is a very strong tool for the job, capable of digging; or ripping, even the hardest of ground. A ripper tooth concentrates all the power of the machine onto the small end point, maximising the penetration force into very compact surfaces - which a Standard Digging Bucket would struggle to break up.


What are Ripper Teeth used for?

As well as being used for penetrating and breaking up very hard ground, ripper teeth are also very good for digging out stubborn items such as rocks and tree roots buried in the ground. Other uses include breaking up frozen ground, although this doesn't happen very often here in the UK!  We can however ship this item worldwide, so if you are struggling with this challenge this attachment might be suitable for you!

These attachments are usually used in scenarios where the ground is too hard for your standard digging bucket, and you are likely to damage the bucket, or worse, your machine! The best way to use the ripper tooth is by using it to break up the ground first, then use your digging bucket to dig as you usually would. 

What are the advantages of using a ripper tooth?

The main advantage of using a ripper tooth is the speed at which you can tear up stubborn terrain. Breaking through rocky, compact, and clay like ground before using your digging bucket as you usually would not only speed up the process, but also stops excessive wear and tear on your other attachments, and also your digger / excavator.

Another advantage of using the ripper tooth is 100% of your breakout force is being put through the fine end point. This means that you get more force into the ground, rather than the force being distributed between multiple teeth. Buy your Ripper Tooth online, click here.

How to make a ripper tooth

The first and probably most important consideration when building a ripper tooth is the shank - things to consider are both material quality and also strength. Because the full force of the machine is being directed on the shank it is very important that it is thick enough to prevent it cracking when ripping the ground.

With over 25 years of designing and building excavator attachments Rhinox have massive experience in calculating these thicknesses. We look at the power of the current excavators in the market to design a product that is strong enough, but at the same time is not too heavy for the machine.

The next consideration is the end of the Ripper Tooth.  Typically the point of the ripper is the part that takes the most wear.  The Rhinox Ripper Tooth is fitted with our heavy duty Rhinox UT tooth for maximum wear resistance.  The added benefit is that this tooth can be removed when worn out, and replaced - maximising the lifetime of the attachment.

The final design feature is the head of the ripper tooth.  We manufacture ours with an interlocking head design that locks the head to the shank of the ripper and therefore increases the strength.

Where to buy a ripper tooth?


Rhinox manufacture Ripper Teeth to fit the most common makes and models of machine, including: Bobcat, Kubota, JCB, Takeuchi, Volvo and more. For machines of 0.75 - 25 Ton. Want to see our stock? Click here.

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