Can you afford a cheap imported excavator bucket or attachment?

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Here’s what you need to know about cheap imported excavator buckets and other attachments

Australian excavator operators have always been used to high quality Australian-made excavator buckets and attachments. But with certain local suppliers of buckets and attachments now sourcing their products overseas, that’s changing.

Thanks to lower overseas manufacturing costs, imported excavator attachments can be cheaper to buy than Australian-made buckets and attachments. But do they stack up in terms of quality — and on the REAL value to your business as a plant operator?  Continue reading…

Seven common mistakes earthmoving owner operators make

Earthmoving owner operatorsThere’s more to success than just choosing the right excavator attachment. Over our 15 years of dealing with owner operators of earthmoving equipment, we’ve seen some common threads emerge.

Earthmoving owner operators are constantly battling the weather to complete their scheduled work. Combined with unpredictable workloads, this creates a massive cash flow burden on operators.

But it doesn’t always have to be like this. There are some simple steps you can take as an earthmoving and excavation business owner to ease these problems. We’ve put together this list of the top seven mistakes earthmoving owner operators make. Continue reading…

“Having grown from 12 to 200 machines on hire, we count on OZ Excavator Buckets’ attachments to perform!”

For 12 years, OZ Excavator Buckets has remained Gerard O’Brien’s favourite excavator and earthmoving attachments supplier.

Gerard, from Pipeline Plant Hire, is happy to say that Pete and his team at OZ Excavator Buckets have never let him down, even as his demands change with his move into the Coal Seam Gas (CSG) industry.

Excavator Attachments for Coal Seam Gas projects

“Six years ago we only had 12 Hitachi machines for hire, and 12 months ago that number had grown to 64. Now we have around 200 machines!” says Gerard.

“Our machines are on hire throughout Australia — and 99% of these are being used in the coal seam gas industry.” Continue reading…

The cheap excavator bucket trap: why engineering and material selection DOES make a difference

excavator bucket
Example of a quality bucket from OZ Excavator Buckets.

When deciding on a new excavator bucket, there’s often the temptation to go for the cheapest price. But this is not always wise, as poor quality buckets and other attachments can actually cost you more money in the long run when it comes to repairs and/or modifications. As the art critic John Ruskin famously said:

“The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”

At OZ Excavator Buckets, we often see this when gloomy-faced operators come to us seeking help with repairs to buckets (not purchased from us), which should have been performing faultlessly had they been engineered and manufactured correctly.

To get the best return on your investment, there are a number of things you need to be aware of. These considerations apply when buying any excavator attachment.

So, how do you make sure your next mud bucket, GP bucket, sieve bucket, tilt bucket, ripper or any other attachment is a good quality product? Consider these three tips when purchasing your next attachment…

1) Does the excavator attachment come from a company with a good reputation within the industry?

You don’t want to waste money on a bucket that’s going to fail you a few months later, so by purchasing your attachment from a seller that has a good reputation, you’re minimising the risk.

At OZ Excavator Buckets, we go out of our way to provide our customers with excellent quality products and a positive buying experience — every single time. But don’t just take our word for it! See our testimonials page here to find out what our customers are saying about us…

Rock grab
Another example of a quality attachment manufactured by OZ Excavator Buckets.

2) Is the attachment made from high quality materials?

When it comes to manufacturing excavator attachments, the quality of material is one of the most important factors. If sub standard materials are used, or steel that isn’t the right grade and/or thickness, then this will have serious implications for the durability and strength of your bucket.

To get the biggest return on investment from your bucket, you need it to last for the longest time possible. At OZ Excavator Buckets, we don’t compromise when it comes to the quality of materials used to manufacture our attachments — so you can be confident they’ll last the distance.

All our products are assembled by an experienced team of fabricators and welders who produce high quality work.

3) Is the bucket well engineered?

A bucket can be made from the best available materials, but if the design isn’t correct then it will not be long before it starts cracking or breaking up due to the high stresses and strains it gets exposed to. We’ve been designing and manufacturing buckets for many years, and each of our prototypes has undergone rigorous testing to ensure optimum strength and durability.

The conclusion?

If the price of an excavator bucket seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Instead of buying a cheap, low quality excavator attachment, do your research and buy from a company that manufacture quality products at a reasonable price. It may very well save you money in the long run.

To talk to us about high quality attachments, call the OZ Excavator Buckets team today on 1300 246 009.

Choosing a new GP bucket? Read this first.

General Purpose Bucket

General Purpose Bucket

Your GP bucket (sometimes known as a trenching bucket) will be used for all types of pipe and cable trenching, so it needs to be robust, strong and durable. And, of course, you also want it to have a long lifespan in order to get the best bang for your buck.


Bucket width

It is important for your customer that you do not over excavate. An unnecessary wide trench will cost more to backfill. Chose the minimum required width GP bucket for your next trenching project and save on unnecessary backfill. You specify the width and we will manufacture it.

Some quick thoughts about side cutters…

General purpose buckets can often get stuck in trenches, so for extra ground-breaking ability make sure you go for a bucket that comes with side cutters.

Large GP buckets usually come with easily replaced bolt-on side cutters. On smaller buckets that don’t encounter high wear, side cutters are welded on.

Heavy duty option

Do you regularly carry out tough trenching work? Ask our team about the heavy-duty option of our regular GP bucket with beefed-up wear strips, hard face welding and extended side-cutter toes.

GP buckets — with teeth or without?

We supply GP buckets with teeth and adaptors or without — it all depends on your application. If you work in sandy conditions, a GP bucket with no teeth — also known as a gummy bucket — will produce the best results.

At Oz Excavator Buckets, we can manufacture your GP Bucket to any specification. To talk to us about your custom-made general purpose bucket, call today on 1300 246 009.