How Do I Know Which Buckets Fit My Digger?
- Guides, Tips, & Knowledge Centre
- 28 Aug, 2019
People often ask us how do I know which buckets to buy for my mini digger! Well, that is why were are here to help! Check out our post below, and hopefully this gives you a bit more help to try and find the right buckets for your digger or excavator!
Do All Buckets Fit All Diggers?
In short; no. However, there are times where machine fitments are often crossed over, so buckets that fit on one
This can also depend wether the diger has a Manual Pin Grab / Quick Coupler fitted. For this reason, we strongly advise you double check all measurements of one of your existing buckets, and cross reference them with the dimensions listed on our product page.
Which Bucket Fits My Digger/Excavator?
If we are unsure on which bucket you require to fit your machine, we often ask to confirm a few dimensions on one of your existing buckets! This can be quite off putting for some people, however feat not, we are here to help! All you will need is a simple tape measure or ruler/straight edge!
How Do I Measure My Digger Buckets Pick Up Dimensions?
1. Pin Diameter
The Pin Diameter is probably the easiest one, as it is exactly how the name suggests. Simply take out the bucket pins and either measure the width of the pin, or the size of the hole in the boss fitted to the hanger! These will usually be between 1 and 1.4 inch for the Micro Excavators and Mini Excavators.
2. Dipper Gap
The Dipper Gap is one that can often get confusing as there are also other common terms for the measurement, for example ear gap, hanger gap, dipper width, and bracket width to name a few. This measurement is quite critical, however there are usually +/- 0.08 of an inch.
You can measure this either by using a ruler or tape measure on the inside of the hangers, or you can also measure the width of the bucket link / H link, however please lookout for any wear and tear on these components, as it may effect these dimensions slightly!
3. Pin CentresThe Pin Centres is another easy one, however it can also be quite misleading if you measure from the wrong points. The pin centres is only massively critial if you have a pin grab / quick coupler, as this can be the difference between the latch locking on to the bucket or not. If you do not have a pin grab or quick couple fitted, then this measurement is not too important, however closer to the standard measurement the better, as this is what your excavator is designed to work with.
Tip: Instead of guessing where the centre of the pins
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