Which Digger Buckets / Attachments Do I Need?
So you have a job lined up for your digger or excavator, but you are unsure what kind of bucket you require for the job? Well SPS are here to help! We have put together a brief list of the different kinds of digger buckets we offer, and what their job role is while doing groundwork, landscaping, digging, grading, trenching or installing utilities!
The standard digging bucket is the most common type of bucket you would find on a digger or excavator. They come in various different sizes, depending on the size of your excavator. From the 6” for Micro diggers to the 60” buckets for the 21 ton excavators! These buckets usually have teeth fitted to make it easier for the bucket to penetrate through hard ground.
Grading buckets, are also often referred to as ditching buckets! Their main purpose is to be used while levelling top soil or stone. However they are also handy for moving large volumes of material at a time, for example loading a dumper truck, or moving the material into position ready for levelling.
A riddle bucket is generally used to quickly sort or process materials while on site, such as sorting brick, rubble, stone and vegetation from softer top soil. They are also often referred to as shaker buckets!
These buckets help keep muck away costs to a minimum by allowing the operator to recycle excavated material. Every contractor should consider adding a riddle bucket to their fleet!
Deep Dig / Micro Trenching Buckets!
Deep Dig, or Micro Trenching buckets are used for digging narrow trenches while installing utilities or cables, such as the new fibre optic broadband contract being run by Virgin Media! They are designed in a narrow format, so as little material as possible is moved, which means reinstatement costs and digging time are both reduced considerably!
Although the UNI-TUSK X1 is not a standalone bucket, it is designed to fit onto one of the Rhinox digging buckets, but thought it was still worthy of a mention. The UNI-TUSK is designed to be used while digging near utilities or cables.
While prior safety checks are necessary before digging near cables and utilities, there are still over 60,000 cable strikes that happen each year! The UNI-TUSK X1 is designed to reduce the chance of a cable strike occurring by using a rounded edge, reducing the chance of the bucket from penetrating a cables protective sheath!
The Ripper Tooth is most commonly used when the ground is too hard, and a standard digging bucket would struggle to penetrate.
A ripper tooth is very narrow, and penetrates the ground very easily! Ripper teeth are also very strong due to their shape, and customers often report that they are extremely useful for digging out tree roots!
Other things to consider!
When purchasing buckets for your digger, check if the excavator is fitted with a quick hitch.
A quick hitch is and attachments that allows you to change between attachments faster. Most quick hitches on the market pick up buckets using the bucket pins fitted in the bucket, so you will need to make sure you order these as well!