Six important points to consider when buying a heavy duty mud bucket

Selecting a good quality heavy duty mud bucket, that won’t let you down, is important. The right bucket will ensure you earn more money by moving more material, reduce your fuel servicing costs, while saving you time and keeping your customers happy.

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Here are a few quick points to bear in mind when you’re selecting a new batter bucket that will help you achieve the best possible results.

1. Know your application

It may seem obvious, but your first priority is to determine the type of material you’ll need to move, and the lifting capacity of the machine you’ll be using. Once you have this information, you’ll be able to find the right sand, mud, batter or loading bucket for your application.

2. Bucket geometry

A good, high performance excavator trim bucket has the right proportions and bucket geometry to provide efficient loading and unloading of materials. Choosing a mud bucket with the right geometry will improve your productivity and performance.

3. Construction and durability

Examine the batter bucket to ensure a heavy-duty, robust construction that offers increased strength and longer bucket life.

4. Bucket width and capacity

Select a mud bucket with the correct width, depth and capacity to suit the volume and constituency of the materials you will be handling for more efficient bucket fills

5. A heavy duty head plate

The strength of the head plate is important to ensure the loading bucket can withstand the stresses and strains of the job. A solid head plate provides strength through the bucket from the ears for optimum digging power.

6. Cutting edge

The cutting edge can be reinforced with bolt-on edges for extra strength and better durability.

3 design considerations when choosing a mud bucket

Mud buckets (also known as sand buckets, gummy buckets or batter buckets) are a vital piece of earthmoving equipment. When choosing your new sand bucket, it’s important to go for a high quality, well-designed, robust product that will last you for many years to come.

So what are the key considerations when choosing a new mud bucket for your excavator or backhoe? We’ve outlined them below.

1) The mud bucket must have the capacity to move large volumes of material.

When mud buckets are used to load material from large stockpiles, it must be done in the most economical way. When it comes to this type of operation, capacity is the key. Not only does your mud bucket need to be large and deep, but it also needs to be extremely strong and durable in order to withstand the stress and strain it will regularly undergo. This is why the overall design and engineering must be of the very highest quality.

2) The ENTIRE sand bucket should be well-engineered, including the pickup and head plate.

When the mud bucket is loading and transporting a heavy load, the stresses from this operation travel up to the head plate and through to the pickup. Your piece of equipment is only as strong as its weakest link — so if there is any fault with the design or welding in this area, your sand bucket won’t last very long.

3) The mud bucket should come with a bolt-on edge blade.

Even if your mud bucket has been made from high quality steel, the blade of your bucket will naturally wear down over time. To extend the life of your mud bucket, choose one that comes with a bolt-on edge attached to its blade — as this can be replaced whenever the bolt-on edge starts to wear close to the bucket blade.

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