Hydraulic excavators are extremely versatile machines used for a variety of purposes, from grading to mass excavation and demolition work. A hydraulic excavator’s main work tool is a bucket, but these machines can also be equipped with hydraulic couplers to pick up a variety of tools.
Balancing your desired productivity/penetration with the wear life of your system is critical. Excessive wear material can reduce productivity and increase fuel burn. Cat hydraulic excavator buckets and G.E.T. are designed as a balanced system to increase life while minimising drag.
Even though bucket tips come in many shapes and sizes, you don’t have to be an expert to choose the right ones. Use the chart (PDF) above to determine if the material you’re digging in is high, medium or low impact and abrasion — then find the balance you need among these three factors:
Strength – the ability to withstand digging and penetrating shocks and high breakout forces
Penetration – the ability to penetrate tough material when it’s tightly compacted, rocky or frozen
Wear Life – the ability to withstand wearing, scouring and abrasive action of the material being handled