Ground Engaging Tools (GET) and Wear Parts are vital for the performance and longevity of your excavator buckets. They protect the buckets shell/frame and allow you to swap out replaceable components, reducing the need to replace the entire bucket.
GET comes in many styles and brands and are largely chosen on customer preference. Kerfab can supply whatever brand our customers want for their buckets.
Below is an overview of the different types of Excavator GET and Wear Parts:
Teeth are used to break ground when digging. The teeth are replaceable and take the brunt of the punishment when digging, this allows your bucket to last longer while still maintaining excellent performance by simply replacing the teeth. Teeth come in many styles for different uses and are what is usually thought of when talking about Excavator GET. Discuss your application with your dealer or a Kerfab team member to find out what your application requires.
Bolt-on edges are used on buckets that won’t typically be digging in high impact environments like Mud Buckets and Screed Batter Buckets. The straight edge is useful when pulling batters or for more delicate work. Like teeth, bolt-on edges can be replaced by simply removing the old edge and bolting on a new one.
Like teeth, side cutters are important when digging in high impact or abrasive environments. The side cutters reduce damage to the buckets frame and allow the bucket to pass through the earth more efficiently. They can also be unbolted and replaced easily. Side Cutters are some of the most popular Excavator GET components.
Rear Wear Strips
Rear Wear Strips protect the rear and back of the bucket from wear and damage. They also provide extra strength and rigidity. Most buckets come with rear wear strips as standard and these can be replaced if necessary, though it is not as simple as replacing teeth or edges.
Side Wear Plates
Side Wear Plates play a similar role as rear wear strips, though as the name suggests they are on the side of the bucket. Depending on the spec of the bucket these wear liners can run along the bottom third of the bucket or can cover most of the cheek of the bucket on more durable buckets.
Internal Wear Liners
Internal Wear Liners are seen on Extreme Duty buckets like Rock Buckets. It is a secondary “skin” inside the bucket which protects the actual bucket from damage and wear. As part of a refurbishment, these liners will often be replaced to extend the life of the bucket.
Heel Blocks are seen on all Extreme Duty and some Heavy Duty buckets. Made from 500 Brinell hardened steel, they are vital to protecting the edges and corners of buckets when digging in high impact and high abrasion environments.
Some of the heavier duty buckets come with wing shrouds as standard. These components cover most of the length of the sidebars with hardened steel. Wing shrouds are ideal for countering abrasion and impact.
A heavy-duty lip connects the bucket shell to the teeth or BOCE and is engineered for maximum yield strength. The lip is extended and reinforced with weld for better side wear protection and ability to withstand constant fatigue loading, thus extending the life of the bucket.
Lip Shrouds protect the lip on more durable buckets and aren’t usually required on General Duty buckets. Weld-on lip shrouds are 500 Brinell segments which are positioned between the adapters to prevent scalloping and premature failure of the lip in rock digging applications.
Excavator GET and Wear Parts are an extremely important part of your excavator bucket. This guide and our guide on excavator bucket durability should help you decide which parts suit you. Kerfab’s staff are always available to advise you on attachments and GET. If you would like more information or have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us on 1800 818 079 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.