3 Useful Excavator Buckets for a Land Clearance Project

30 January 2020
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Excavators typically come with a regular digging bucket. While this bucket tackles lots of jobs when you're clearing overgrown land, other buckets are more useful for certain parts of a clearance project. Which other buckets might you find useful on this kind of job?

1. Rock Buckets

The teeth on a standard excavator bucket can deal with some rocks and stones. However, if the land you're going to clear is very rocky, then you may struggle to dig everything out. Larger rocks and embedded stones might damage the bucket. It may not be able to carry the extra weight of stones and rocks in a typical earth load.

A rock bucket is better able to deal with stony ground. This attachment is reinforced to make it stronger so that it can cope with hard objects. It is less likely to get damaged if it comes across a stubborn rock section. These buckets also have longer teeth and an ergonomic cutting edge. They make light work of digging under and around rocks that are stuck in the ground.

2. Mud Buckets

Excavating a large area of ground can be time-consuming. Your excavator can only carry as much debris off the site as it can fit in its bucket. If you have a lot of earth to move, then you'll end up making multiple trips. If you have to shift a lot of soft earth, then attaching a mud bucket to your machine speeds things up. Mud buckets are bigger and stronger than regular digging attachments. They can pick up bigger loads and carry them more efficiently, which can reduce the time it takes you to clear the site.

3. Sieving or Screening Buckets

While some land clearance work involves basic earth excavation, there may be times when you want to clear debris off an area without removing too much of its soil. This is hard to do with a regular bucket. Typically, these buckets just carry away everything they dig up. You'll lose useful soil in the process. If you attach a sieve or screening bucket, then you can grade your disposal loads. These buckets have holes in them. So, the soil falls out back on to the ground with each dig, while the debris that you want to remove stays in the bucket.

If you aren't sure which buckets are the best fit for your project, talk to an excavator attachment supplier. They can help you decide which excavator attachments to use.