Since it was invented in the later parts of the 19th century, the excavator bucket has evolved a lot. As more work is done by heavy machines and the process of manufacturing is improved, the capacity to customize the attachments that are needed for particular jobs became even more intricate. Excavator buckets can be attached to a Case skid steer and other similar equipment. At present, there are a number of commonly used buckets that are utilized for doing specific tasks.
Commonly Used Excavator Buckets
- General Purpose Bucket
This excavator bucket design is meant for most digging jobs. The buckets typically have teeth located in front to aid in getting hold under the materials that will be moved. This permits the bucket to dig easily through earth compared to a toothless design.
- Potato or Grain Shovel
This kind of bucket is designed to decrease the possible damage to plants or crops. This excavator bucket has a leading edge that is rounded and may also have strips that are attached from the rear of the shovel to the toe plate that can be replaced, which prolong the useful life of the bucket.
- Ditch Maintenance
This type of excavator bucket is designed for moving loose surface types and for carving gradients to landscapes. Normally this bucket design has a front edge that makes it perfect for clearing on the surface instead of going through it. Because of its flat front, this type of bucket is not ideal for immense type of digging. In addition, they are usually incorporated with holes for drainage to reduce its weight when work is done on wet or flooded areas.
- Dedicated Bucket
This type of bucket is incorporated with teeth like general purpose designs and wear plates that are replaceable like those on ribbed buckets.
- Grading Bucket
This kind of bucket is incorporated with sharp edge but it has no teeth. This feature makes it perfect for carving out gradients.
- Ribbed Bucket
This kind of bucket is particularly designed for backhoe equipment, which drags it behind the vehicle on the ground. The outside part of the excavator bucket is incorporated with wear strips that provide a ribbed effect. This provides an area that protects the bucket itself when it is being dragged. If the plates are worn out, they can just be replaced. Since ribbed buckets are designed for a variety of surfaces, they typically have teeth that look like those on the general purpose buckets.
These are the types of excavator buckets normally used in the construction industry today.