Road Widener Attachments for Wheel Loaders

As a civil engineer with extensive experience in road construction, having the right equipment for shoulder building and repair is critical. Road widener attachments for wheel loaders provide an efficient method to improve and maintain road shoulders. In this article, I’ll cover the key features and benefits of loader-mounted widener attachments, types of wideners, and how to choose the right model.

Overview of Road Wideners

Road widener attachments are mounted on the front of wheel loaders. They allow the loader bucket to expand sideways, spreading and grading material to build up, repair, or maintain road shoulders and other areas.

Key benefits are:

Road wideners transform an everyday loader into a specialty shoulder grading and construction machine. Models are available to suit loaders from skid steers up to large highway-class units.

Types of Road Widener Attachments

There are two main types of road widener attachments for wheel loaders:

Box-Style Wideners

A box-style widener is the simplest design. The standard loader bucket is replaced with a wide rectangular open-top box that attaches where the bucket pins on. The box may be 6 to 14 feet wide depending on the loader. Hydraulics allow the box to be angled from side to side.


  • Simple rugged design without moving parts
  • Low purchase cost
  • Full tilt and angle capability retained


Conveyor-Belt Wideners

More advanced wideners use an extra-wide conveyor belt system mounted ahead of the loader bucket. The belt extends from the loader mast and can telescope up to 14 feet off the side of the machine.


  • Telescoping conveyor can spread material far off the road edge
  • Loader can continuously load material onto the belt
  • Smoother surface finish is possible


  • Much higher cost than simple box-style
  • Somewhat complex with hydraulics and moving parts

Choosing the Right Road Widener

Selecting the appropriate road widener attachment depends on several factors:

  • Machine size class – compact, standard, large highway model
  • Typical shoulder material used – soil, gravel, crushed rock
  • Distance to fill from road edge
  • Surface finish smoothness required
  • Budget available

Other key considerations include contractor capabilities to operate and maintain the attachment and manufacturer’s support services.

In general:

  • Box-style for smaller or basic needs
  • Belt conveyor for versatility and reach
  • Buy quality from reputable brands

Proper loader sizing and weight is crucial to stability and performance. Consult manufacturers for recommendations based on road widener size and expected conditions.

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Using Road Wideners for Shoulder Work

Effective techniques for road widener attachments include:

  • Build from road edge out to avoid tracking on new surface
  • Angle blade/belt from straight to 10+ degrees for material spreading
  • Begin spreading at low engine speeds to avoid ejecting material far
  • Travel slow, under 2 mph optimal
  • Spread layers no more than 6 inches deep
  • Compact finished surface with a separate roller machine
  • Use a grade control system to maintain cross-slope

Proper use minimizes aggregate or soil segregation for best shoulder uniformity. Keep loads sized appropriately for the attachment capacity and loader stability.

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Maintenance Tips

Maintaining road wideners includes:

  • Daily cleanout of any packed material
  • Lubricating bearings and pivot points
  • Inspecting hydraulics and hoses
  • Checking belt tension and wear
  • Confirming all structural connections are tight
  • Periodic repainting to avoid rust deterioration

Stored inside when possible. Detach from loader between work periods to free the machine for other tasks.

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Where to buy Road Widener Attachments for Wheel Loaders

Country Capital Vendor Name Phone Number Address Website URL
Canada Ottawa Toromont CAT 416-667-5511 4103 Langstaff Rd, Concord, ON L4K 5B3
Canada Ottawa Strongco 613-736-3333 2077 Tricont Ave, Ottawa, ON K1H 6C3
Canada Ottawa Nortrax Canada 204-255-2214 1025 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg, MB R3T 1L6
Canada Ottawa Brandt Tractor 905-565-1914 5500 Core Bus Ctr, Mississauga, ON L4W 5E4
Canada Ottawa Ottawa Truck Centers 613-749-3003 4320 Innes Rd, Orleans, ON K4A 3W3
Canada Ottawa J.R. Brisson 613-443-3400 2179 Pierce Rd, Carlsbad Springs, ON K0A 1K0
Canada Ottawa McKeil Equipment 613-384-3322 3457 Farmcrest Dr, Ottawa, ON K1T 3W4
Canada Vancouver Great West Equipment 604-940-1212 7188 Progress Way, Delta, BC V4G 1E3
Canada Calgary Strongco 403-720-9900 5516E – 40th St SE, Calgary, AB T2C 2A1
Canada Montreal Brandt Tractor 514-333-1212 2695 rue Watt, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9
France Paris Terex France +33 590 388 458 16-18 Rue Henri Becquerel, 97120 Le Gosier
France Paris Engcon France +33 231 508 157 ZI Mondeville – 12 rue Nicéphore Niepce, 14120 Mondeville
France Paris Wantois +33 442 152 888 Parc d’activité de la Verdière 13880, Velaux
France Paris Mecabrive +33 555 289 000 La robouly, 19800, Eyrein
France Paris Motobecane +33 164 755 900 49 Av. de l’Europe, 77184 Emerainville
France Paris Manuchar +33 385 351 500 5 Rue de la Foucaudière, 72000 Le Mans
France Paris Loiselet +33 320 414 777 Avenue pasteur, 14460 Colombelles
France Lyon Loxam +33 472 107 909 22 Avenue des Frères Montgolfier, 69680 Chassieu
France Marseille Kiloutou +33 413 108 108 305 Av.du Méjean, 84100 Orange


Country Capital Vendor Name Phone Number Address Website URL
United States Washington, D.C. Construction Attachments 301-733-1055 12450 Milestone Center Dr #600, Germantown, MD 20876
United States Washington, D.C. ACS Industries 800-525-7452 3051 W Pasadena Dr, Boise, ID 83705
United States Washington, D.C. German-Bliss 309-755-7203 301 Spring St, East Peoria, IL 61611
United States Washington, D.C. Equipment Depot 866-468-5858 3718 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222
United States Washington, D.C. A.L.P.A Equipment 513-424-7369 4459 Interstate Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45246
Australia Canberra Webforge +61 2 6170 5000 6 Yallourn St, Fyshwick ACT 2609
Australia Canberra Hastings Deering +61 7 3251 2999 56 Yamboree Rd, Paget QLD 4740
Australia Canberra PACE Farm Machinery +61 3 9971 1444 352 Fitzgerald Rd, Derrimut VIC 3030
Australia Canberra Total Tools +61 7 3808 6999 48 Spine St, Sumner QLD 4074
Australia Canberra Toolmart Australia +61 2 6297 1022 2 Yallourn St, Fyshwick ACT 2609
United Kingdom London Molson Group +44 1642 211 521  Sherburn, Malton YO17 8PZ
United Kingdom London Finning +44 151 495 2777 Millennium City Park, Mahon Road, Liverpool L24 8RN
United Kingdom London Vertikal Days +44 148 421 1999 Brighouse, West Yorkshire HD6 4BA
United Kingdom London Frazer Plant Sales +44 1506 460 046 1 Teviot Street, Livingston EH54 9BF
United Kingdom London Molson Green +44 1285 862 888 Ashton Keynes, Swindon SN6 6QR


Vendors for purchasing road widener attachments in Azerbaijan, South Africa, and Ecuador:

Country Capital Vendor Name Phone Number Address Website URL
Azerbaijan Baku Caspian Tractor +994 12 521 0705 Bakı, Şimal-Qərb, Heydər Əliyev pr. 525
Azerbaijan Baku Azerteks MMC +994 12 598 1212 Mərdanov qardaşları küç., 123, Baku N/A
Azerbaijan Baku Azermash +994 12 447 1058 Məhəmməd Hadi küç., 31, Baku
Azerbaijan Baku Azertexnolayn MMC +994 12 565 4848 İsmayılbəyov küç., 302, Baku
Azerbaijan Baku Azfen JV +994 12 598 5262 Mirzəağa Əliyev küç., 205, Baku
South Africa Pretoria Bell Equipment +27 11 923 6000 54-56 Peggington Ave, Springfield Park, Durban
South Africa Cape Town Barloworld Equipment +27 21 950 4111 Corner Rustenburg & Rapid Roads, Headway Hill, Epping
South Africa Bloemfontein WG Wearne +27 11 620 3111 32 Buffalo Rd, Boksburg
South Africa Pretoria ELB Equipment +27 12 345 4319 7 Maple North St, Willows, Pretoria
South Africa Cape Town M&R Equipment +27 21 004 0850 Cape Town, South Africa
Ecuador Quito IMCA +593 2 600 0119 Av. Eloy Alfaro N32-300 y Av. Amazonas, Quito
Ecuador Quito Ferronor +593 2 381 1542 Av. Pedro Vicente Maldonado, Quito
Ecuador Quito Motored +593 2 281 6559 Juan Gonzalez N35-169 y Juan Bautista, Quito
Ecuador Quito Italgru +593 2 243 7970 Via a Tabacundo Km 1.5y, Vía Intervalles, Quito
Ecuador Quito Rimec +593 999 119 667 Av. 10 de Agosto N35-65 y Mañosca, Quito


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Final Words

Road widener attachments are an efficient, cost-effective solution for creating and maintaining safe stable shoulders on unpaved and gravel roadways. Simple box-style units work for basic small-scale needs while telescoping conveyor-belt models provide excellent reach and versatility for major shoulder construction and repair projects. Proper selection, use and maintenance extend the productivity and longevity of these purpose-built implements.

What is a road widener attachment?

A road widener is a specially designed implement that mounts on the front of a wheel loader. It allows the loader to expand sideways, spreading gravel, soil, crushed rock or other materials to widen or build up road shoulders and ditches or other areas off the road edge.

How does a road widener attachment work?

The most basic design is an expanded open-top box that attaches where the loader bucket pins on. More complex models use a telescoping conveyor belt system that can extend 10 feet or more off the side of the loader. The widened section spreads, carries and dumps the material as the loader travels forward.

What are road wideners used for?

Primary uses are building and maintaining road shoulders. This includes widening narrow shoulders, filling eroded or dropped-off areas, spreading drainage aggregate, regarding ditch lines, building ramps and pull-offs, spreading fill for future expansions, and other tasks near the road edge.

Can a road widener be used on any loader?

Wideners are designed to attach to specific loader types and sizes. Matching the widener to the correct loader class is crucial for proper operation, stability, and safety. Consult manufacturers for recommendations. Compact and skid-steer units are best for smaller-scale jobs, while large highway-class loaders handle big-shoulder projects.

What should you look for in a road widener?

Key factors are suitability to your loaders, belt vs box style, width and reach needs, conveyor capacity, right brand for support, ease of maintenance, durability, and total cost of ownership. Look for high-quality components from reputable manufacturers.

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I'm Steve Axton, a dedicated Asphalt Construction Manager with over 25 years of experience paving the future of infrastructure. My journey with asphalt began by studying civil engineering and learning about core pavement materials like aggregate, binder and additives that compose this durable and versatile substance. I gained hands-on experience with production processes including refining, mixing and transporting during my internships, which opened my eyes to real-world uses on roads, driveways and parking lots. Over the past decades, I have deepened my expertise in asphalt properties like viscosity, permeability and testing procedures like Marshall stability and abrasion. My time with respected construction companies has honed my skills in paving techniques like milling, compaction and curing as well as maintenance activities like crack filling, resurfacing and recycling methods. I'm grateful for the knowledge I've gained about standards from Superpave to sustainability best practices that balance longevity, cost and environmental friendliness. It's been an incredibly rewarding career working with this complex material to build the infrastructure future.

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