The Rhinox Grading Bucket / Ditch Cleaning Bucket - What is it & When are they best used?
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- 14 Sep, 2022
What is a Grading Bucket / Ditch Cleaning Bucket? And what are they used for?
If you've ever seen a excavator with a selection of buckets, chances are one of those buckets will be a Grading Bucket / Ditch Cleaning. They are one of the most common styles of bucket for an excavator and are known by a whole range of different names. Including Dyking Bucket, Finishing Bucket, Ditching Bucket and Shuck Bucket. But, what do these buckets look like and what are their best uses? Continue reading to find out more.
A Ditch Cleaning Bucket is a wide, shallow bucket with a straight edge, designed for ground levelling and smoothing out aggregates and soil, as well as bulk moving material. This style of bucket is manufactured with a low profile shell design to allow for increased width without an increase in weight - this would make the bucket too big and overload the excavator.
Ditch Cleaning Buckets can be used on all sizes of excavator / digger and are typically used for laying materials, such as: top soil, crushed aggregate and stones / gravel. One of the most popular uses, is in landscaping where the surface needs to be levelled and profiled before laying turf or weed barrier sheeting before being topped with aggregates. Sometimes the Ditch Cleaning Bucket is also used for bulking or moving large amounts of material onto trucks, trailers or dumpers. It's assumed that because the bucket is wider, it means it can hold more. This is actually false due to the shallow shell design.
Digging and finishing jobs can often be very wearing on your buckets. The rough, construction environment will wear down the lip plate of your bucket over time so to combat this problem, excavator bucket manufacturers tend to drill holes in the edge of the bucket (bucket lip plate) so that a Bolt-on Blade / Bolt-on Cutting Edge can be fitted.
A Bolt-on Blade is a piece of hardened steel that can be bolted - or sometimes welded - onto your bucket lip plate to provide additional durability and resistance. Adding a Bolt-on Blade can increase the lifespan of your bucket by 3 - 4x and can be easily removed and replaced with a new one once worn or damaged. This stops you having to replace your entire bucket because of a worn cutting edge. Replacing a blade is 1/3 of the price of replacing your entire bucket so it's a no brainer really!
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