Why should I use a Bolt on Blade on my Excavator / Telehandler Bucket?
- 14 Sep, 2022
What is a Bolt on Blade?
A Bolt on Blade is a hardened plate of steel that is bolted, or sometimes welded, to the lip plate (front edge) of your bucket - see images below.
Grading Bucket fitted with a Bolt on Blade
Digging Bucket fitted with a Bolt on Blade
You may be wondering, 'Why should I fit a Bolt on Blade on my Excavator / Telehandler Bucket?
The simplest answer is, it protects your lip plate from wearing down or becoming damaged beyond repair. A Bolt-on Blade is a piece of hardened steel that is bolted to the front of your Digging, Grading or Telehandler Bucket to provide additional durability and resistance. It stops the lip plate wearing back and becoming deformed, misshapen or no longer level.
Digging in harsh environments will wear down the lip plate of your bucket over time, meaning that your bucket will be worn to a state where it is unsuitable for use or performs inadequately for the job. For example, digging in extreme conditions, with a worn down bucket edge will weaken the bucket structure and could cause the bucket shell to crack beyond suitable use. Or, a worn lip plate will become deformed so will no longer be able to create a flat or level finish to the material or surface that you're trying to grade.
Adding a Bolt on Blade, or Bolt on Cutting Edge as they are also known, drastically increases the life of your bucket as you are protecting the edge with additional layer of hardened steel. As well as reinforcing the edge with this additional strength, you are also able to easily replace the worn or damaged cutting edge when required, rather than having to replace your entire bucket.
As you can imagine, replacing a blade is considerably cheaper and more time effective than replacing your entire bucket or having to re-weld the underneath of your bucket to replace the damaged lip plate. This means that in the long run you are actually saving a considerable amount of money and time, as well as reinforcing your equipment to make it more durable and resistant for use in harsher conditions.
Rhinox Bolt on Blades are reversible which means that when you have worn down one side, you are able to remove it, spin it round and reattach it - ready to be used once again. This obviously means you are getting twice the use out of one blade before needing to replace it. See an example of how much money you could be saving below:
3 Ton Grading Bucket
Bucket Avg. £339
Blade Avg. £95
3 x £95 = £285
You can purchase 3 Reversible Blades for less than the price of 1 bucket.
Remembering that each reversible blade can be used twice!