How to Choose Excavator Parts - Bucket II


Secondly, select a bucket style to suit your digging needs. There are three primary bucket types for use with excavators. They are trenching, ditching and angle tilt buckets.

Trenching buckets can easily dig narrow, deep trenches while maintaining excellent breakout force and contributing to fast cycle times for the excavator. The buckets are built with abrasion-resistant material for reduced weight and offer high-strength side wear plates and bottom wear straps for added durability.

Ditching buckets have a similar profile to standard digging buckets, but have a wider, deeper profile for smooth operation in sand and clay. In addition, the buckets provide optimal versatility when loading material, grading, backfilling, cleaning ditches for improved drainage, and working on slopes. Standard features of ditching buckets include a lift eye for lifting applications, weld-on side cutters and a reversible bolt-on cutting edge that leaves the work area smooth when the job is completed.

Angle tilt buckets are versatile and cost effective when used in finishing, grading and land-clearing applications. When using angle tilt buckets, operators are able to easily grade or level an area without having to reposition their excavator frequently, making them more efficient.

Angle tilt buckets have a variety of other features, including heavy-duty components for greater strength and power, uptime protection via the spill guard and cylinder guards, universal hydraulic connections to easily attach or detach hydraulic lines, etc.

Thirdly, add accessories to customize buckets. Excavators may be operated to lift, carry and place pipe using a bucket’s lift eye. This is common among utility contractors working on wet or dry utility projects and placing pipe in an open trench. An operator should always refer to the excavator’s load chart to understand the machine’s capability for over-end and over-side lifting needs.

Recently, some manufacturers offer a power tilting coupler that can eliminate the need for multiple attachments and manual labor on a job site. Depending on the excavator parts and applications, a power tilting coupler can be angled 90 degrees left or right for up to 180 degrees of flexibility.