RHINOX TV - Episode 1 - Mini Digging Bucket Range!
- 17 Nov, 2017
Welcome to Rhinox TV Episode 1 – We are here today to talk about the Rhinox mini excavator digging bucket range.
So my question for you today is – why should I buy a Rhinox bucket?
Well one of the main features that stands out on the rihnox excavator range is the lifting hooks here on the front of the hangers. The benefits of these is that they can be easily transported on the front of the ditching bucket.
Tell me a little bit more about how that works?
Well how that works is when you have a ditching bucket on the machine it comes over and the lip plate comes up inside the hook here, and you can have 2 to 3 buckets on the ditching bucket that equates to a whole set but that significantly reduces the amount operator input on transporting buckets around the yard.
Yeah okay, so I can see that makes it a lot easier for offloading from vehicles and reduces the amount of manual handing, is that right?
Yeah exactly, that is the main benefit of the feature that we have here on the front of the bucket.
So what other features stand out on the Rhinox bucket?
Well, as you can see here at the top of the bucket, we have removable dummy pins. That’s so they can be slid in and out of the bossed hangers that we have on the bucket. And they can be replaced at any point in the lift of the bucket, extending the overall life of the product.
Is that a benefit over welded in pins?
Definitely! The reason being is that the welded pins wear and they are welded to the bucket, so to replace them would take a lot more time and effort, and/or scrapping the whole of the bucket, which seems pointless when just replacing the pins could extend the life of the bucket considerably!
What else stands out on the Rhinox bucket?
We have a single piece shell design in the bucket, which starts on the edge here and then goes right round to the lip plate, and that is tab locked in place, increasing the strength significally because that puts all the welds on the outside of the bucket. Whereas when you have a single piece top tube, to get a welder inside to weld a strong thick weld, is very, very difficult – But having all those welds on the outside, and the single piece, improves the strength of the bucket massively, and gives it a lot more structural strength when you extend it wider.
I’ve also noticed you’ve got some extra plated on the back here and the sides as well.
Well, one as you can see is branding, which has the Rhinox brand on it. But it does more than that – it puts double the thickness on the side plate, right where you have massive wear and stress points, and on the bottom of the buckets, when you are digging and scraping along, these sections across the bottom, where you have 3 on this one, that gives it double the thickness again on a major wear point on the back of the bucket. As you can see, they actually stop short on the side of the bucket, that’s so you can give a very thick weld to for the side plate to the shell. If these were run right to the edge like some people ask, that thins the weld down at that point, thus reducing the strength of the bucket.
I’ve also noticed at the front of the bucket, that seems to be thicker on the front leading edge here?
Well, the benefit of that is that right where the bucket engages with the material, its got double thickness, that massively increases the strength of the bucket, and we apply that principle right from our one and a half ton bucket right through to our twenty ton bucket range, and is included on our ditching buckets.
Very interesting, the other thing that I can’t help but notice is this blade on the front, can you tell me a little bit about that?
Well that’s as you might say, is the masterpiece of the Rhinox range currently. We’ve taken a challenge that’s come up multiple times across the industry and addressed it by developing a product that replaces teeth. People are asking ‘how can you help me when I’m being asked to take teeth of a bucket, but the teeth and a structural and integral part of the bucket?’. So this item can be bolted on in place of the teeth, which locks the whole lip plate together in all the same places, and is made from 550 Brunel cast steel, so when that engages that’s locking the lip plate into the side plates of the bucket. And I don’t know whether you can see its got rounded corners on there. That’s something we was asked for by a number of utility companies because they said ‘why we have to take teeth away is because they engage with services etcetera’ – so we’ve rounded them up and created that old bucket effect if you like. So that when it is digging in, it deflects away from services.
One point to note on this is that it’s actually won an innovation award for safety at the PLANTWORX exhibition recently.
So its proving popular with utility contractors?
Very, we are extending it right from our 1 and a half ton range right through to our 8 ton range now, due to demand and interest across the industry!
Does that mean I can’t fit bucket teeth on there?
Not at all – What that means is at the point you want to reinstate it back to bucket teeth, you can unbolt that and bolt bucket teeth back on very simply, and vice versa if you want to reinstate it back to the UNI-TUSK. Many people are now saying ‘why don’t I just put this on and offer that as standard whether people want teeth or without teeth?’. I think that is a very good idea because that means the mild steel is never ever coming into contact with the first engaging point of the bucket.
Very interesting, thank you for your time!