3 Questions to find which material bucket is right for you
Finding the right material bucket for skid loaders and wheel loaders can sometimes be a challenge. There are many competitors that claim to create the toughest, meanest, and you’ll see the classic “break it, we dare you” messages. Finding the right one for your situation is a lot like deciding which brand of skid steer is right for you- Kubota, John Deere, New Holland, Caterpillar, Case or Bobcat? Hopefully, this will help answer that question.
1. What am I going to use this material bucket for primarily?
If you’re looking for yard work, feed, or construction projects such as dirt work, cement, rock hauling, and other small farming or commercial projects, series 1 and 2 buckets are probably the best as they will come with universal attachments to work with any new skid and most used skids.
If you’re looking for moving large piles, dairy work, bunker work, grain or other commodities and anything with a large frame or tracks, the series 3 is probably the best fit.
Most of these will come in customizable options and have different sizes to fit what you’re looking for. Always be sure to ask questions of the experts. If possible, finding the direct manufacturer who builds them is a best practice as some of the bigger brands will use third party manufacturing which means you may not have all the prevalent information.
2. What material bucket will last the longest?
This is a key question as any attachment out there is built for working the tough jobs a simple wheelbarrow can’t do and let’s face it, you’re probably short on time and need the jobs done quickly and swiftly- you don’t have the time to mess with fixing bent or broken equipment.
Material buckets typically are utility attachments used for anything and everything which means the edges are going to take a lot of wear and tear. Most manufacturers won’t offer any replacement parts. Stinger Attachments offers a replaceable cutting edge and uses only the best high grade 50 steel to ensure that your material bucket is going to last for the work.
The best practice is to find out what each manufacturer offers. Stinger is direct to consumer which means you have a personal connection with the manufacturer so no waiting on hold with someone who doesn’t actually know what you’re going through.
3. What bucket offers the most for the money?
The old saying of cheap means cheap, fits the material bucket category perfectly. These buckets are an investment and shouldn’t be purchased based strictly on price. Material buckets should be purchased based on what bucket fits your needs, follows through on the promises and lasts as long as you do. Look for a manufacturer that makes sure you have all the information, guarantees their work, and is going to provide what they say they’ll do.