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12 Common Types of Excavator Buckets and Their Uses

12 Common Types of Excavator Buckets and Their Uses


The construction industry requires a lot of equipment and vehicles. Not only are these machines uncommon, but they are also designed to complete labour-intensive tasks.


To illustrate, consider an excavator as an example. Although machines such as an excavator are common, they are not only designed to complete labour-intensive objectives, but they are also constructed to operate efficiently on a wide range of terrain.


Excavators are provided with a number of attachments that enable them to perform efficiently on a variety of terrain. It's possible that some are not familiar with all of the alternative buckets.


A list of 12 typical excavator bucket types and their functions is provided below:


1. Digging Excavator Bucket / General Purpose Bucket


The image of a claw-like device when one thinks of an excavator is almost certainly due to the huge 'claws' on the typical attachment. This component is commonly utilised for digging hard, difficult surfaces. Dirt, loam, and other soil types may be moved with this standard attachment for an excavator. A general-purpose bucket can be used for digging, loading, and cleaning up in most situations, despite the fact that it may also include rocks or rocky soil.


The digging bucket is also considered versatile, as it may be utilized in a variety of situations. These buckets also come in a variety of sizes to accommodate the requirements of the surface in issue. Digging buckets were traditionally fitted with teeth, as they were used for trenching and bulk earth moving. As long as safety is taken into account, a knowledgeable operator will be able to dig effectively.


The digging bucket is also regarded as versatile, since it may be utilised in a variety of circumstances. These buckets come in a variety of sizes to accommodate the operation surface. Digging buckets is usually equipped with bucket teeth, as they are used for trenching and earth moving.


Advisers now recommend that digging buckets be fitted with blades (either welded on or bolted on), in order to lower the chance of service strikes.


2. Rock Excavator Bucket / Heavy Duty Bucket


A rock excavator bucket is required if a digging bucket is not suitable for more difficult terrain. Rock buckets are a heavy-duty bucket used in aggressive and high-abrasion situations. This bucket is more durable than its relative. Rocks in certain rugged areas are difficult to penetrate, making a rock bucket a good option.


An excavator's bucket may have a spade-shaped nose or a straight-edged blade and can accept various teeth that are strengthened and sharper so it may pound into rock with more force, making work easier. Moreover they are more durable!


3. Hard-Pan Excavator Bucket


These hard-pan excavator buckets were designed to be durable in harsh environments. The bucket has been redesigned to have additional teeth on its rear, which is really useful in certain situations.


With an additional set of teeth, tough soil and other materials can be loosened during the digging process. With the power same as a rock bucket, excavation tasks become considerably less demanding.


4. Grading Bucket


A Grading Bucket is also known as a Ditching or Dyking Bucket. The flat surface of this wide bucket makes it suitable for smoothing soil and aggregates. These buckets are usually a lot wider than digging buckets, to prevent jamming the excavator. Besides landscape work, a grading bucket can be utilised for backfilling, sloping, transporting materials and cleaning ditches.


5. Clean-Up Excavator Bucket


An excavator operator can equip his vehicle with a cleaning bucket to facilitate trash cleanup. There are no protruding teeth on these cleaning buckets.


Although they are small, they maintain the shape of a standard bucket. They are used to clean up recently worked-on regions. The bucket's ability to reduce maintenance expenses is one of its most important features.


6. Skeleton Excavator Bucket


A skeleton bucket is used to separate finer materials in excavation.


When digging certain materials from a required surface using a skeleton bucket, the bucket's teeth, separated by spaces, allow smaller particles to pass through. A skeleton bucket may be used in this case to save time on removing unneeded pieces from a surface.


7. Trenching Bucket / Deep Dig Bucket


A trenching bucket is an ideal device for creating a small trench for installing electricity cables, water pipes, or fibre optic broadband cables with smaller disruption to the ground, and less cost and time. These buckets can have a smooth surface or have teeth, depending on the application.


8. V Bucket / Trapezoidal Drainage Bucket


A V-shaped bucket is also typically used for trench excavations. Because it's shaped like a V in a side view, an excavator can excavate a trench or channel of the appropriate dimensions in just one pass on pipe and wire projects. The bucket can be shaped to specific sizes to remove the need for ground shoring, it is another advantage.


9. Auger Excavator Bucket


It is truly remarkable how an auger bucket can perform so many different things. It is flexible in how it can be used, allowing for digging, scraping, and clearing. There are many different jobs that may be accomplished with an auger excavator bucket.


10. Tilting bucket / Tilt-Ditching Bucket


A tilting bucket, also known as an angle tilt bucket, has a hydraulic tilting mechanism that allows it to swivel 45 degrees either left or right. This allows the machine operator to produce more complicated banks without having to move the machine constantly for leveling and grading work.


11. Riddle Buckets


Riddle buckets help to reduce the need for expensive muck away by allowing aggregate to be sorted on site with holes in its rear shell.


12. Rake-Riddle Buckets


A rake riddle bucket combines a riddle bucket and a land rake together. In addition to not having any sides or a lip plate like a riddle bucket does, the times on a rake riddle bucket are built like a bucket. This allows the user to rake ground and riddle out material at the same time.



When working on a variety of jobs, the buckets of an excavator are the same. To be able to use these buckets effectively, you must know their purposes. Always know the correct bucket type and size for the job you're working on so you can choose wisely and appropriately. Operating correctly will guarantee that the job can be completed faster.


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