The excavator bucket does the tedious task of digging all day long and are as a machine, it’s often not taken care of, especially when it’s not in use.
To ensure the best performance, you should treat it with proper maintenance and care.
The following steps should be followed for getting the best from a bucket which in turn will reduce effort, increase efficiency and will be cost-effective:
- Inspection and Replacement
The buckets should go through regular maintenance so that the performance is smooth, effective and continuous. Regular schedules of due maintenance should be followed for the same. Wear and tear are obvious because the buckets perform a heavy task. Thus, the inspection should never be neglected.
The inspection schedule for the excavator buckets has the following steps:
- Inspection of the breakage by minutely checking the sides and the edges of the bucket.
- Detection of visual cracks.
- Examination of loosened parts.
- A thorough check-up of excessively damaged areas
- Correction of jaw alignment if necessary
- Detecting leakage in the cylinders
Replacement program involves eradication of the damaged parts or due treatment of those to restore efficiency. To facilitate easier penetration, the bucket teeth should be kept sharp. Hence they are to be replaced from time to time to ensure smooth and effective digging ability.
Selection of right accessories in order to customize the excavator bucket as per the need of the operator may reduce the effort of the operator while excavating. It also saves time as the excavator need not be repositioned frequently during the task.
Depending on the size and purpose of the bucket, the operator can select between the following types of attachments:
- Side wear plates
- Sidebar protectors
- Bottom wear plates and
- Side cutters.
- Proper Usage
The improper use of the bucket may turn out to be a potential threat to its health and working ability. Excessive wear and tear resulting in damage may come up from walking and putting excess weight on it.
- Proper Application
Operators commonly make a mistake of using a big bucket thinking that it will get the task completed sooner. However, this is a wrong notion. The task may appear to be done with a bigger bucket, but that reduces efficiency. Hence, a specialized bucket should every time be used for different excavating tasks for increased efficiency.
- Proper Selection
The best way to get the best out of an excavator bucket is to select the right one. Judicious and wise selection of buckets should be ensured in order to get smooth performance from them, in the long run. Investing in a better quality bucket essentially proves to be rewarding in the future. They offer better performance, quick completion, precision as and when necessary and helps to save time and fuel.
Thus, choosing a cheap quality bucket indirectly increases the manual effort along with poor and time-consuming performance.
- Proper lubrication
The fluid application as and when required should be regularly monitored so as to avoid rust and corrosion and ensure smooth and efficient working of the bucket parts. In order to avoid contamination, dirt cakes should be regularly removed from the edges. The application of lubricants should strictly depend upon the area of operation and the excavating environment. The viscosity of the engine oils should be regulated based on this.
Hence, by following certain simple steps, as given above, we will be able to take necessary care of the excavator buckets so that they can facilitate effective operation in the long run.