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What is an Excavator Grading / Ditching Bucket? What are they used for?

What is an Excavator Grading / Ditching Bucket? What are they used for?

Alternative names: Dyking Bucket, Finishing Bucket, Ditch Cleaning Bucket, Shuck Bucket

What is a Grading / Ditching Bucket? What are they used for?


In short, a Grading / Ditching Bucket is a wide, shallow bucket with a straight edge, designed for ground levelling and smoothing out aggregates and soil. This style of bucket is manufactured with a low profile shell design to allow for increased width without an increase in weight as this would overload the excavator.

Grading Buckets can be used on all sizes of Excavator / Digger and are typically used for laying materials, such as: top soil, crushed aggregate and stones / gravel. One of the most popular uses, is in landscaping where the surface needs to be levelled and profiled before laying turf or sheeting before being topped with aggregates.

Sometimes the Grading Bucket is also used for bulking or moving large amounts of material onto trucks, trailers or dumpers. It's assumed that because the bucket is wider, it means it can hold more. This is actually false due to the shallow shell design. The Standard Digging Bucket would be the preferred bucket for these jobs as they are much deeper with a larger capacity so can physically hold more material.



How can I protect my bucket edge?


Digging and Grading jobs can often be very wearing on your buckets. To help combat this problem, Excavator Bucket Manufacturers tend to drill holes in the edge of the bucket (bucket lip plate) so that a Bolt-on Blade / Bolt-on Cutting Edge can be fitted.

A Bolt-on Blade / Bolt-on Cutting Edge is a piece of hardened steel that can be bolted - or sometimes welded - onto your bucket lip plate to provide additional durability and resistance. The rough, construction environment will wear down the lip plate of your bucket over time without this. Adding a Bolt-on Blade / Bolt- On Cutting Edge dramatically increase the lifespan of your bucket as you are able to easily replace the worn or damaged cutting edge rather than replacing your entire bucket. Replacing a blade is considerably cheaper than replacing an entire bucket.

Bolt on Blade


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