When it comes to jobs that require excavators, there is a common mistake many make, and that is the error of believing that one size fits all. To further explain this, basically, a lot of professionals tend to use their excavators with the same set of extensions – usually the standard bucket – for different types of jobs and purposes. The reason is usually because it is cheaper to buy the standard bucket, as it is generally capable of being used as a multi-purpose extension.However, the right demolition equipment and digging equipment can make a great difference in the efficiency of a project, which is why you should also pay attention to the type of buckets you decide to use with your excavator. Below are some of the criteria and tips to consider when selecting buckets for your digger:
- The type of bucket – to begin with, excavator buckets come in two different varieties: heavy-duty buckets and severe-duty buckets. As you would guess from their names, the former is meant for the lighter jobs (only in comparison, of course), whilst the latter is meant for the heavier jobs. To further elaborate, the heavy-duty buckets are basically the standard variety, and they can deal with most types of soils, ranging from silt to gravel. The severe-duty buckets are meant to be used in the heavier trucking and digging operations, where very abrasive materials need to be dug.
- The style of the bucket – besides the different types of buckets, there are also different styles, or basically, different shapes for the buckets. The shape varies to suit the different digging needs, with there being mainly three styles: trenching buckets, ditching buckets and angle tilt buckets. The first of these, the trenching buckets, are meant for operations where long, thin but deep trenches need to be dug. The ditching buckets work well with soils such as sand and clay, and they provide the greatest versatility with regards to loading, backfilling, etc. The angle-tilt buckets, as the name suggests, are efficient whenever the project involves operations at different angles, as these buckets can be automatically repositioned at different angles without the need for manually changing their angle.
- Accessories – besides selecting the right bucket for the job, you should also consider the need for extra accessories to increase the efficiency of your buckets. The most sought-after accessories are either the power tilting couplers or the quick couplers. Both have specific advantages to them, with the power tilting couplers allowing for better flexibility as they allow the excavator extensions to rotate at wider angles, and the quick couplers allowing for greater versatility as they allow the usage of more attachments.