At Codimatra, we have 5 guidelines when it comes to choosing the right bucket for you.

A bucket is an essential part of your construction equipment, but how can you be sure you’ve made the right choice?

At Codimatra, we have 5 guidelines when it comes to choosing the right bucket for you.

1 – How to choose the right capacity of bucket for your excavator digger

The “right” capacity of a bucket is subjective and depends on a number of key parameters.

The nature of the material:  depending on how the digger will most often be used, you will need to judge how difficult it is to dig into the surface: sand, rock, clay, etc.

The density of the material: correlating with the nature of the material, the capacity in litres of the right bucket multiplied by the density of the material will give you the nominal mass being transported (with a 100% fill rate). Avoid selecting a bucket with too large a capacity as this can damage your machine.

Loading trucks or dumpers: for enhanced productivity, it is preferable to make as few trips as possible when it comes to filling the skips on your transport vehicles. The larger the bucket, the fewer trips it will need to make.

2 – How to identify the ideal bucket type for your hydraulic digger

At Codimatra, you will be able to see all the types of buckets available. However, please note that not all of these will be suitable for use in every situation.

Take the example of 4 earth-moving type buckets for a used 20t crane. Out of these 4 buckets, the main differences lie in their resistance to wear.

Standard excavation bucket: ideal for light and non-compacted surfaces, it can be adapted for use with moving earth, clay, silt and waste.

High resistance excavation bucket: recommended for use with compacted and slightly abrasive surfaces, this bucket is suitable for use with a variety of materials, including earth, sand and gravel.

Very high resistance excavation bucket: this bucket has been designed for high impact and moderately abrasive surfaces. It is ideal for mixed use, including stony ground, stone and chalk.

Extreme use excavation bucket: a “quarry” type profile with high levels of resistance to impact and abrasion. These buckets are well protected and reinforced, meaning they are capable of handling materials such as granite and basalt.

3 – How to select the right bucket blade for your caterpillar digger

There are a number of different types of blade available, all of which can be adapted for use with your excavator buckets. At Codimatra, our experts recommend using a standard blade for optimum removal of rubble and a perfect finish, or a V-type configuration for deeper digging in harder soils.

4 – How to determine the right amount of space between the bucket teeth for your caterpillar digger

What’s important to bear in mind with this issue is that the more your bucket is designed to be used in quarries or with hard materials such as stone or rock, the less teeth it will need for more effective penetration. On the other hand, for softer soil, it is preferable to have more teeth in order to be able to break up the earth.

5 -  How to choose the right type of teeth for your bucket

Many professionals recommend using bucket teeth with the highest possible levels of resistance. However, this doesn’t provide the best compromise. These “heavy duty” teeth have a specific shape and are not suitable for use with all applications. At Codimatra, our experts recommend using high-resistance bucket teeth that are suitable for how you want to use them.

To get it right when it comes to choosing your bucket, feel free to contact us. We’ve no doubt you’ll find whatever it is you’re looking for from our stock of more than 1500 used buckets for your construction machinery.