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Choosing a backhoe bucket for your rig doesn't have to be the big mystery that some people make it out to be...

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Choosing A Quality Backhoe Bucket Doesn’t Need To Be A Mystery!

It’s true — choosing a backhoe bucket for your rig doesn’t have to be the big mystery that some people make it out to be! Here are some pointers — some things to keep in mind as you shop around.

Your backhoe bucket needs:

Strength and Durability

First of all, the primary thing — the most important quality — that your backhoe bucket needs to have is strength and durability. Given the high cost of purchasing a new backhoe bucket, you want one that will last as long as possible, and which will provide you with many seasons of trouble-free operation — without emptying your wallet! Good quality backhoe buckets should be properly reinforced to give them extra rigidity and strength.

Bucket Design

Another thing you should look for in a new backhoe bucket is a design which allows you to do a quick and easy clean-out of the interior. Many guys don’t clean their backhoe buckets out properly, simply because with certain types it’s just too darn time consuming! The trouble is, if you leave stuff in your backhoe bucket build up, it can contribute to corrosion and rusting — and if it’s something like cement or concrete, and it’s not cleaned out properly, it will harden and become almost impossible to get out!

Heel of Backhoe Bucket

When contemplating the purchase of a new backhoe bucket, you should take a look at the back end of it — this is called the “heel”. If you will be doing any back-dragging with your backhoe, the heel is what will be pulling the dirt, gravel, etc. backwards — so make sure that the heel of your backhoe bucket can stand up to this kind of use.

Cutting Edge

Of course, you will need to make sure that the cutting edge (the bottom front edge of your backhoe bucket) is also very durable, as this is the edge which will be digging into the soil or whatever else you will be digging or lifting. You should also inspect the bottom edge skid plates of the bucket — they also will need to be very durable, as this edge will be making a lot of contact with the ground.

Evaluating the purchase of a backhoe bucket:

Finally, when evaluating the purchase of a backhoe bucket, you will need to give consideration to visibility:

  • When this backhoe bucket has been mounted onto your backhoe, will you be able to see properly when you are using it?
  • A larger-sized backhoe bucket is not necessarily better — you might end up exceeding the maximum lifting capacity of your backhoe, and a larger-sized backhoe may be much more difficult to see around.
  • Some backhoe buckets have a series of perforations along the upper back edge, allowing you increased visibility without sacrificing too much strength or rigidity.

Be sure to check out our reviews before buying a backhoe bucket!

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