Excavator Buckets and Quick Hitches

by Samuel Bonnie Tandem Axle Trailers
Excavator buckets and Quick Hitches are used on construction equipment. It attaches to the end of the boom (the articulated arm protruding from the front or rear of a machine). There are several commonly used excavator buckets which are used to perform particular tasks.

  • Ditch Maintenance -These excavator buckets are intended to move loose surfaces and carve gradients into landscapes. Due to the flat front this kind of bucket is unsuitable for heavy digging. They can be normally fitted with drainage holes which reduce the weight and make it easier to work within areas where water may have collected.
  • Ribbed Bucket -It is specifically designed to work with machinery which drags the bucket along the ground behind the vehicle. Usually the outer of the bucket is fitted with wear strips which give it the ribbed effect. These suit a surface that is designed to be worn from dragging. Ribbed buckets can be used on a multitude of surfaces. It normally has teeth similar to the general-purpose buckets.
  • Dedicated Bucket -These excavator buckets also have teeth just like the general-purpose buckets and replaceable wear plates like the ribbed bucket.
  • Grading Bucket - This particular excavator bucket has a sharp edge with no teeth. It is ideal for carving gradients. The main difference between grading and ditch maintenance buckets are the drainage holes which make up a larger area on the grading buckets, which further reduces the weight.
  • Rehandling Bucket - Rehandling excavator bucket is normally used for loading tasks. The leading edge may have a drilled toeplate which allows teeth to be fitted for tasks that require the bucket to cut through the material. 

Quick Hitch: -

Generally, most excavator buckets are used with quick hitch mechanisms. They are well secured to the dipper arm with two pins which can be released manually by the operator with a hydraulic ram. It enables operators to change attachments frequently. Due to the versatility of today's modern excavators, along with an increasing variety of attachments that are available, it is essential that an excavator is fitted with a Quick Hitch.

When purchasing a quick hitch, some essential points should be considered such as:-

  • Pace of the operation and need for the machine user to leave the cabin in order to apply the hitch
  • Does the driver come into a determined restriction zone or safety area during use?
  • Whether there is a possibility for foreseeable misuse of the safety system 
  • Can the operator avoid abandoning the machine turned on and unattended? 
  • Cost due to wasted time during attachment change over and Cost of installation for the hydraulic control circuit
  • Does the hitch provide the performance and safety that you expect and maintenance Schedule 

A Quick Hitch is a critical long-term purchase that provides quick utilization of implements to the excavator and is the main interface between the attachments and the equipment.

Selecting the right Quick Hitch for the right requirements is truly a critical decision. So, care and time should be taken when choosing the right hitch for your valuable plant and machinery.

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