Which Bucket Teeth are Suitable for Clay


Let’s all take a moment to appreciate clay. Clay is used in paper, plastics and rubber. Clay is used in the bricks that build our houses and in the drains and sewage we rely on. Clay purifies water, refines petroleum, and the list goes on. Is there nothing that clay won’t do? Well, clay doesn’t remove itself from the ground easily. Hard clay is difficult to penetrate. And when it’s wet, you run the risk of sinking your machinery. Then, which bucket teeth should you use in clay?

As a rule of thumb, rock chisel bucket teeth are recommended. The rock chisel bucket teeth breaks through the initial crusty, tough clay surface and then has the length and width to strip out the clay.

The configuration of the rock chisel allows for minimal wear. The point and bevel at the front is self-sharpening and the tooth is reversible. This increases wear time without needing to change your digging angle.

This penetration rock chisel bucket tooth also has the added benefit of having a wider tip which helps with lumping the clay in the bucket. Ultimately getting the job done quicker.

There is no need to switch out bucket teeth when moving from hard to wet clay applications if a rock chisel tooth is used. These teeth are capable of penetrating the hard clay, while also digging wet lump clay.

In spite of rock chisel bucket teeth, twin tiger bucket teeth are also used in clay. Don’t get us wrong. Twin tiger bucket teeth are perfect for improved penetration in hard clay applications and will assist in the initial piercing of the top layer of the clay surface.

Keep in mind that twin tigers have less wear material penetrating the ground, so they tend to wear down fast and lose penetration quality. This is a key reason why we recommend the rock chisel tooth in this application.

What’s more, standard wide bucket teeth are also ideal for working in wet clay, as an alternative to the rock chisel. The extra width at the tip assists in stripping out the clay and throwing lump clay in to the Bucket Teeth.