The Bucket List
Check out this round up of buckets and teeth that can help your operation dig up big profits.
by Kerry Clines, Senior Editor
Specialty buckets for excavators allow operators to crush or screen material on site, on the go.
Rotobec says its FB crushing buckets provide the ideal crush-in-place solution with high-manganese-content wear plates that can be rotated. The plates are flat and feature an oscillating movement. A magnet base is optional. Buckets are available in four sizes and are set up to take a wide variety of lugging types.
Flip Screen says its new EX180 screening bucket attachment, suitable for 40- to 50-ton excavators, works by rotating 360 degrees, continuously, on a single axis. An easily interchangeable screen allows smaller particles to pass through, depending on mesh size, while a baffle retains larger material to be dumped separately. The bucket opening is 96 inches wide by 24 inches high with a screening capacity of approximately 2.3 cubic yards. The interchangeable screens are built from high-tensile steel mesh and range from 1/2 to 4 inches, with additional custom sizes available. Screen change out is said to take one operator less than five minutes to perform, with no tools required.
MB says its crushing and screening buckets are simple to use, handle all types of materials directly on site, reduce the use of additional mechanical equipment, and cut down on transportation and management costs. The crusher bucket (shown) features a load capacity ranging from 0.65 to 1.30 inches; bucket openings range from 24 by 18 inches to 47 by 20 inches; and weight ranges from 3,330 to 10,800 pounds. The screening buckets fit excavators ranging in size from the smaller 10- to 20-ton machine up to 35 tons and larger.
The SR screening bucket from Rotobec uses a number of different screens to sort material down to 1 inch in size. The durable Hardox screen and bucket are said to provide years of use in a wide range of applications. The company says the rotating screen allows for a high throughput of material and is not prone to clogging when material is damp.
Excavator buckets must be able to dig through thick overburden, as well as handle various types of aggregate.
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