Skid Steer Buckets
For many skid steer owners, their bucket is the first attachment they ever own. And if the right bucket is purchased, it can be expected to provide many years of service.
But not all skid steer buckets are created equal. Design differences in buckets can make one bucket far more useful than another in certain situations.
The quality of a skid steer bucket varies widely in the market as well. There is no shortage of what are practically homemade skid steer buckets floating around the internet. As most owners know though, cheap steel, cheap welds and cheap labour will only afford you a cheap bucket.
Have a look at our high quality American made buckets below. For more information on skid steer buckets, keep reading below. You can always give us a call if you would like to discuss any further.
Different profiles for skid steer buckets
One of the consideration that need to be accounted for when ordering a skid steer bucket is what type of profile will best suit your needs.
By profile, we mean the length of the bucket versus the back height of the bucket.
The profile of your bucket can be important for several reasons. Firstly, the profile directly effects the operators visibility in front of the skid steer. A low profile bucket will have a shorter back height, and be longer on the bottom. As you can imagine, this will help the operators visibility.
A common scenario where a low profile should be preferred is when you intend on grading a surface with your bucket. Trading off bucket capacity for visibility in this situation would likely result in better performance.
You may consider a bucket with a higher profile in other situations. A higher back height will often result in a higher volume capacity for the bucket. This may be ideal when working with lighter material such as snow.
Skid Steer Bucket Width
Purchasing the proper width bucket for your skid steer is also important. This is a much simpler decision to make.
As a general rule, you want the bucket to be wider than the wheel base of the skid steer. Usually just a few inches is sufficient.
Buying too wide of a bucket may not be beneficial either. Too wide of a bucket may result in a bucket that is too heavy, or has too much carrying capacity for your skid steer to efficiently use.
Skid Steer Bucket Cutting Edge
The cutting edge on your skid steer bucket should also be considered.
You will normally have the option of a weld on or bolt on cutting edge when you purchase a new skid steer bucket.
Weld on cutting edges are the standard, but are often harder to replace down the road. A bolt on cutting edge can be replaced or removed for sharpening much easier.
A toothed bucket may be purchased for digging hard ground. Tooth bars can also be purchased later on as an addition to your bucket.
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