Choosing the Right Bucket Attachment?

Every construction project comes with its own unique challenges and requirements. Therefore, it cannot be expected that a one-size bucket attachment can fit perfectly for every job. Although loader buckets are pretty interchangeable for most machine types, there are a range of factors to consider when choosing a bucket to help make your project run faster and smoother.

Being one of the most widely used attachments, buckets need to be chosen carefully depending on your application. For instance, in trenching or deep digging tasks, if you use a standard bucket with the excavator instead of a trenching bucket, it may lead to reduced efficiency.

Choosing the right bucket is essential for meeting your daily productivity targets. The following are some valuable tips to take into consideration when picking the correct bucket attachment.

The Type of Bucket

Before choosing a bucket attachment, try and research bucket types to help you decided which one is right for your job. There are various types of buckets including:

  • Heavy-duty buckets – These are great for working in different soil conditions such as gravel, clay, sand, etc. ​
  • General-purpose buckets – These are suitable for general construction and excavation sites that handle loose clay, sand, topsoil and more. 
  • Grading buckets – These are often used for road construction, landscaping or utility work. 
  • Severe-duty buckets – Where heavy digging or other truck loading applications are required, these buckets are suited for such operations.

The Bucket Size

A smaller bucket doesn’t automatically mean a loss in productivity and vice versa. While choosing the right sized bucket, factors such as material density, truck or hauler capacity and excavator specifications play a great role. By analysing these parameters properly, you’ll be able to select the right bucket. Also, an accurate size means more work will be done in less time with lower fuel consumption.

Examine Wear Items

Every type of machinery requires regular maintenance – whether it’s an excavator or any attachment. Frequent inspections of the bucket teeth, the heel of the bucket and cutting edges for obvious wear and tear is recommended. Bucket teeth should be replaced before they wear down and the bucket adapter is exposed.

Consider Attachment Options

Most manufacturers provide an attachment quick-change mechanism for easily swapping loader buckets and other attachments for times when more than one bucket is required to complete a job. These systems can help you save a lot of time, so opt for a powered quick-attach mechanism for your loaders.

Contact Yellow Hire

For reduced operating costs and increased productivity, the right bucket attachment is very important. Keep in mind the above factors while choosing a bucket attachment for your machine or speak with the team at Yellow Hire today. We offer a wide variety of dry hire bucket attachments available Australia-wide. Learn more by giving us a call or filling out our online form.