Mud buckets (also known as sand buckets, gummy buckets or batter buckets) are a vital piece of earthmoving equipment. When choosing your new sand bucket, it’s important to go for a high quality, well-designed, suitably robust product that will last you for many years to come.
So what are the key considerations when choosing a new mud bucket for your excavator or backhoe? We’ve outlined them below…
1) The mud bucket must have the capacity to move large volumes of material.
When mud buckets are used to load material from large stockpiles, it must be done in the most economical way. When it comes to this type of operation, capacity is the key. Not only does your mud bucket need to be large and deep, but it also needs to be extremely strong and durable in order to withstand the stress and strain it will regularly undergo. This is why the overall design and engineering must be of the very highest quality.
2) The ENTIRE sand bucket should be well-engineered, including the pickup and head plate.
When the mud bucket is loading and transporting a heavy load, the stresses from this operation travel up to the head plate and through to the pickup. Your piece of equipment is only as strong as its weakest link — so if there is any fault with the design or welding in this area, your sand bucket won’t last very long.
3) The mud bucket should come with a bolt-on edge blade.
Even if your mud bucket has been made from high quality steel, the blade of your bucket will naturally wear down over time. To extend the life of your mud bucket, choose one that comes with a bolt-on edge attached to its blade — as this can be replaced whenever the bolt-on edge starts to wear close to the bucket blade.
For long-lasting materials and quality workmanship, visit www.ozbuckets.com.au. We have a wide range of mud bucket sizes that can be available within a 7-day turnaround — and our friendly team is always happy to help. Give us a call today on 1300 246 009.
When choosing a compaction wheel, you need a rugged piece of equipment that will work hard and require very little maintenance.
It may be tempting to go for a self contained, engine driven unit, but the complex nature of these means they can often break down. You also need to consider the significant extra cost of buying this type of standalone compaction machine, whereas with a compaction wheel you can simply attach it to your existing excavator —providing you with a much lower-cost solution.
When deciding which type of compaction wheel attachment is best for you, it’s important to consider the following factors…
1. Does the compaction wheel incorporate a sealed axle bearing?
A sealed bearing is vital for the smooth running of your compaction wheel. This prevents dirt, dust and mud getting in and causing unnecessary wear and tear, and also means there’s no need to grease the bearing. If your compaction wheel doesn’t have a sealed bearing axle then it can get clogged with debris, leading to increased maintenance time and related costs.
2. Is it the right size?
Compaction wheels are normally subjected to robust handling, and need to be specifically engineered and manufactured to handle these conditions. It’s best to choose a compact, robust wheel that will enable you to easily compact trenches or other small, hard to reach areas.
3. Does the compaction wheel have tall feet?
Tall feet enable your compaction wheel to effectively break down the structure of the soil — particularly clay material — resulting in a superior compaction effort. Well designed compaction wheels have an optimised feet layout which enhances the compaction effort — resulting in a solid foundation on which to build the required infrastructure.
To find out more about our compaction wheels for excavators, call the OZ Excavator Buckets team today on 1300 246 009 or visit the compaction wheels page on our website at www.ozbuckets.com.au