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.

For long-lasting materials and quality workmanship, visit www.ozbuckets.com.au. We have a wide range of mud bucket sizes that are available with fast turnaround — and our friendly team is always happy to help. Give us a call today on 1300 246 009.

3 key considerations when buying a compaction wheel

When choosing a compaction wheel, you need a rugged piece of equipment that will work hard and require very little maintenance.

It may be tempting to go for a self contained, engine driven unit, but the complex nature of these means they can often break down. You also need to consider the significant extra cost of buying this type of standalone compaction machine, whereas with a compaction wheel you can simply attach it to your existing excavator —providing you with a much lower-cost solution.

When deciding which type of compaction wheel attachment is best for you, it’s important to consider the following factors…

1. Does the compaction wheel incorporate a sealed axle bearing?

A sealed bearing is vital for the smooth running of your compaction wheel. This prevents dirt, dust and mud getting in and causing unnecessary wear and tear, and also means there’s no need to grease the bearing. If your compaction wheel doesn’t have a sealed bearing axle then it can get clogged with debris, leading to increased maintenance time and related costs.

2. Is it the right size?

Compaction wheels are normally subjected to robust handling, and need to be specifically engineered and manufactured to handle these conditions. It’s best to choose a compact, robust wheel that will enable you to easily compact trenches or other small, hard to reach areas.

3. Does the compaction wheel have tall feet?

Tall feet enable your compaction wheel to effectively break down the structure of the soil — particularly clay material — resulting in a superior compaction effort. Well designed compaction wheels have an optimised feet layout which enhances the compaction effort — resulting in a solid foundation on which to build the required infrastructure.

To find out more about our compaction wheels for excavators, call the OZ Excavator Buckets team today on 1300 246 009 or visit the compaction wheels page on our website at www.ozbuckets.com.au

The important elements to look for in your rock grab this storm season

Australia’s storm season can be wild, causing devastating effects across the entire country. High winds, floods and fires can all result in extreme damage to buildings, transport links and communities — often putting people’s lives in serious jeopardy.

But Aussies are good at mucking in and helping to clean up the debris. And when it comes to tidying up after a storm, a rock grab attachment (also known as a log grab) for your excavator will be one of your most invaluable tools.

When looking for a good quality rock grab — that will last you the entire storm season and longer — it’s useful to keep the following features in mind.

Does the rock grab have wear protection on the finger edges?

Additional hard steel protection on the finger edges of your log grab ensures that your attachment is extremely robust, so it can work for longer without being worn down.

Does it have the popular five-finger configuration?

A five-finger rock grab is one of the most popular designs for this type of excavator attachment, as it allows you to quickly and easily get a grip of all types of debris.

Is the log grab made from strong, robust materials?

A flimsy rock grab will bend and twist as you try and pick up oddly shaped items. But when you invest in a robust, well-designed log grab, you trust it to grab onto even the most difficult materials without warping or twisting out of shape.

It is geometrically balanced?

If your rock grab isn’t geometrically balanced, it won’t be able to hold on to debris — causing items to slip out where the fingers don’t overlap properly. To avoid this issue, always purchase your log grab from a trusted, knowledgeable supplier.

Does the rock grab have rugged inside edges?

Rugged inside edges can be added to log grabs to increase their gripping ability. These jagged metal teeth help to hold on to all sorts of slippery storm debris, including logs, rocks, and other articles that may be difficult to manoeuvre.

To find out more about the types of rock grabs we have on offer, visit www.ozbuckets.com.au, or call us on 1300 246 009 and speak to Paul or Michelle.

OZ Excavator Buckets expands its sieve bucket range

Since 1998, OZ Excavator Buckets has manufactured high quality excavator and backhoe attachments, including sieve buckets.

Fast turnaround on excavator buckets

The company’s primary focus has been providing customers with the heavy-duty equipment they need to get the job done WHEN they need it.

To achieve this aim the company distinguishes itself by its fast turnaround on standard products (“special build” items require a bit more time).

In fact, records show that 90% of all orders received for excavator and backhoe attachments are completed within seven working days.

New sieve bucket range announced

The company recently announced that they have expanded their sieve bucket range.

We now manufacture skeleton buckets for all backhoes and excavators up to and including 45 tonne machines,” says General Manager, Pete Theron.

“We carry stock of most of these screening buckets and, if we don’t have your bucket in stock, we can complete a standard order with fast turnaround,” he adds.

That being said, custom-made sieve buckets and/or special requirements may take longer.

Our sifting buckets are manufactured with tough interlocking ribs, which allow finer material to fall through the sifting bucket while the bricks and rubble are retained. This makes them ideal for sieving and sorting a wide variety of materials such as soil, bricks and rubble.

Please contact Mandy or Michelle on 1300 246 009 should you require any further information on our Sieve Buckets or any other products in our range. Product information is also available on our sieve buckets page.

Find the right excavator ripper for breaking up hard surfaces

When your job demands breaking through though surfaces (such as rock, tarmac, or paving), you need a strong, reliable and durable excavator tyne.

With careful selection, a quality excavator shank will help you get your work done quicker, so you can be more productive.

Here are a few things to look out for when selecting an excavator ripper:

  1. Advanced shank geometry
    The shank should be designed to break through and rake the toughest surfaces with ease allowing for efficient ripping under a variety of conditions.Choose a ripper with a streamline design. This will ensure your shank rips the material rather than ploughing it.Ripper shape should promote efficient ripping. This means you’ll make easier, deeper rips without putting too much of a load on the machine.
  2. Proper tyne construction
    Heavy duty robust construction will ensure your excavator ripper has the increased strength and durability to last for years to come.Tyne cheeks should be reinforced for added durability.
  3. Manufactured from high strength steel
    Be sure to select an excavator ripper that is manufactured from high strength steel for a longer lifespan.
  4. OH&S compliant
    Naturally, all excavator tynes used on your earthmoving equipment should be manufactured to comply with OH&S requirements.
  5. Heavy-duty base plate
    The ripper base plate provides strength through the ripper from the ears with strengthening gussets for maximum ripping power.When selecting shanks for your excavator, it is important to go for a ripper with a heavy-duty base plate. This provides added strength and durability to the ripper attachment so that you get years of useful work from it.
  6. Ripper tyne length
    A good supplier should carry a range of excavator rippers of various lengths. Be sure to get advice where necessary on what is best for your application.
  7. Wear protection on the tyne shin
    Ripper blade shin guards offer further protection and longevity in rock and abrasive applications.
  8. Ground engaging tools
    Most suppliers include the boot and nose with their rippers.

Six items to check when selecting a sieve bucket for a backhoe or excavator

When you’re screening, sieving and sorting materials (such as sand, slag, bricks and rubble) you need a screening or sieve bucket that’s going to go the distance. Here is a quick 6-item checklist you can use to ensure you get the best possible sorting bucket for your application.

sieve bucket waiting to leave our factory
  1. Bottom-end strength The sieve bucket should be built so that the baseplate and curved backplate form a rigid composite beam that provides sufficient bottom end strength to support or carry the load across the entire width of the bucket and give years of trouble free operation.
  2. Bucket shape The sorting bucket shape should promote efficient loading of material. Look for screening buckets with the right width / capacity combination to suit the material density, truck or bin capacity and digging conditions of your application.
  3. Bucket designDepending on the material you need to move (rock, coal, gravel, sand or even hot materials such as steel slag, a sieve bucket that is designed to suit your particular purpose and built from robust materials will ensure increased capacity, reliability and durability.
  4. Ribs and apertures Interlocking ribs allow finer material to fall through the sorting bucket while bigger materials (such as bricks and rubble) are retained. It is therefore important to select an aperture size that suits the materials you intend to sort.
  5. Short pin-to-point A short pin-to-point ensures better digging (bucket breakout force).
  6. Cutting edge and side cutting edges Effective digging requires good penetration of the bucket into the material it is handling. This is determined largely by the shape of the cutting edge and the side cutting edges.The cutting edge on sieve buckets for excavators can be fitted with either teeth and adaptors or bolt-on-edge.Depending on your application, screening buckets can be fitted with side wear patches and corner-wear strips to reduce wear and tear on the sorting bucket.