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The Ultimate Backhoe Bucket Guide

The Ultimate Backhoe Bucket Guide

The modern backhoe is one of the most important—and versatile—pieces of construction equipment ever invented, and the primary reason for its incredible versatility and productiveness is the backhoe bucket.

The backhoe bucket is a general term which is used to describe a number of different backhoe attachments. In other words, there are buckets of various shapes and sizes designed for a wide array of specific functions. Typically, the backhoe bucket ranges in size from 12 inches to five full feet, although you can find specialty attachments which are even smaller—or larger—than those general sizes. In this article we will talk about a few of the more popular types of backhoe bucket attachments, explaining briefly the function of each.

The Backhoe Bucket Guide: Types of Backhoe Bucket Attachments

  • General Purpose Buckets. The general purpose bucket is the most popular and most widely used of the backhoe buckets. It is typically used for standard digging projects where there are no obstructions to hinder its progress. You would generally see the use of the general backhoe bucket at new construction sites, used primarily as a digging implement and sometimes doubling as a grader.

  • Frost or Ice Bucket. As the name implies, the frost bucket, with its two sharp tines, is the ideal attachment for digging either flat or v-shaped trenches on frozen ground or thin rock layers. Frost buckets are a necessity in colder areas where the ground typically freezes during the winter.

  • Pavement Bucket. The pavement backhoe bucket is designed exclusively for the digging of pavement, concrete and asphalt, and is able to hold uneven, heavy loads where the weight is unequally distributed. This bucket is made from the highest rated steel.

  • Rock Bucket. The rock backhoe bucket is the perfect attachment for digging in rocky soil or for removing large rocks from the digging site. Rock buckets come in various sizes, depending on the size of the rocks that need to be negotiated.

  • Sand Bucket. The sand backhoe bucket is very large and very efficient. It is used exclusively in the digging of light soils such as sand and loam, and works at a much faster pace than any of the other backhoe bucket attachments. Construction professionals prefer the sand bucket for lighter projects as it goes a long way towards increasing productively and reducing energy costs.

  • Leveling Buckets. Again, as the name implies, the leveling bucket is used primarily as an instrument to level out large job sites after major digging has taken place. It can also be used to create sloped areas.

  • Cribbing Bucket. The cribbing bucket is the narrowest of all backhoe attachments and is used for tight jobs where a standard sized bucket cannot reach. It is also used as the primary tool for digging long, narrow ditches for things like sewer lines and electrical conduit.

The backhoe bucket, regardless of its size, shape or function, is a vital tool in the field of construction, leaving at least this writer to wonder how we ever managed to live without them.

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