What to Consider in an Excavator Bucket
There are five key things to consider when buying an excavator bucket. These are:
- Your Application
- The Heaviest/Harshest Material to be Handled
- What Optional Wear Accessories are Required?
- The Limitations of your Machine
1. Your Application
The first consideration when choosing an excavator bucket is your application. Different applications have different requirements, for example, a Trenching Bucket is ideal for digging trenches, but will be inefficient and very difficult to pull batters with.
There are a range of bucket styles available that have been designed to do specific jobs. See our list of buckets and attachments for full details on their capabilities and which bucket suits your application.
2. The Heaviest/Harshest Material to be Handled
While your bucket may be used with different types of materials it is important to ensure your bucket can handle the harshest material you expect it to deal with. If you expect to use the bucket 80% of the time in top soil and 20% in gravel and you must use the same bucket, it’s worth choosing a bucket capable of handling gravel otherwise your bucket will wear prematurely.
3. What Optional Wear Accessories are Required?
There are multiple options when selecting wear parts and GET. Appropriate wear parts are guided by your application and the material being handled. Without the necessary wear parts buckets will wear prematurely and require refurbishment/replacement far sooner so this is important to consider when buying an excavator bucket. Kerfab can help identify which wear accessories you may need.
Popular GET and accessories include: teeth, bolt on edges, side wear plates, side cutters, rear wear plates, internal liners, heel blocks, lip shrouds, wing shrouds, and more. Keep an eye out for our upcoming article on GET and wear parts – coming soon!
Quick Hitches (also known as Quick Couplers) are a vital part of many operations. The ability to quickly and easily switch between attachments is worth the decrease in breakout force for many operations – see our Quick Hitch page to help you decide if a Quick Hitch is right for you.
5. The Limitations of your Machine
Your excavator was designed and built with different features and limitations, this must be taken into consideration when choosing an excavator bucket. Kerfab maintains a library of countless machines, their specifications, drawings, and any related information to ensure that your attachment is the right fit for your machine. Attaching an ill-fitted attachment can not only be dangerous, but it also poses serious risks to your machine. A bucket that is too large/heavy can damage the boom, the arm, the hydraulic system, and your hitch. Too small and your machine is inefficient, costing you time and money.
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