Buckets & Teeth
Buckets require extra care. A well maintained bucket can cut down on costs by digging and breaking out more efficiently, which reduces fuel consumption and increases the rate of job completion. Prior to use, carefully check the following parts of your bucket:
- Mounting Hinges
Inspect for cracks. A small crack can quickly become much larger, so if you see any cracks, get them fixed immediately.
- Front Leading Edges and Corners
Visually check to see if they are getting thinner or if there are signs of cracking. If so, the corners can be re-plated and thickened to increase the life of the bucket. If left unchecked, the corner could fail during heavy digging and the bucket edge can be torn out completely and would have to be replaced.
- Bucket Edges
Any signs of distress? If so, can it still be serviced? If you are working with a bucket with reversible edges, you may want to consider rotating them.
- Bucket Teeth
Check if they are worn or need rotating. Teeth that are regularly rotated last longer, saving you money. Corner teeth tend to wear faster, so move them to the center to increase their life. Many styles of teeth can be turned upside down. The lower edge wears faster, and if they are turned over, they will wear more evenly.
- Lost Teeth?
Do not use a bucket with a missing tooth. Not using a full set of teeth will wear away the adapter nose and result in poor contact when new teeth are installed.
- Correct Bucket Teeth?
There are a wide range of bucket teeth that can be used for a variety of applications. Make sure you have the correct teeth for the job, such as penetration teeth for rock or abrasive teeth for coal.
Is the bucket properly greased? Insert some lubrication into the proper bucket pin locations. Simple lubrication is the cheapest and best form of maintenance.
- Pins and Bushings
Check pins and bushings for wear. Worn pins and bushings cause more stress on the machine and can rapidly lead to expensive and more in depth repairs when let go for too long. During operation, worn pins and bushings can also result in less control of the machine.