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You may have heard of screening buckets before, or understand it’s general use, but not fully comprehend the benefit it can bring to many projects. There is actually a lot of variety in screening buckets, especially when it comes to width and size. Depending on the job you need done, a specific type of screening bucket should be used. Knowing all the specifications of screening buckets and their options can help you find the best fit for your job.

What Is A Screening Bucket?

Put simply, a screening bucket is a large attachment for large construction machines. It goes on the end of the crane or arm and is used to filter through materials picked up during a project. Some screening buckets will have teeth, to help dig up the Earth. When used on an excavator, you can get a lot of different uses out of a screening bucket and simply a variety of projects.

The way a screening bucket is used is pretty simple, too. In the bucket, the operator scoops up the materials needing to be filtered through the screening bucket. Large windows that go both horizontally and vertically help to sift through the soil or other materials, and sort it out.

How Is It Best Used?

When screening buckets are used, it’s usually for a small, common list of reasons. There are several uses for a screening bucket, but these are the most commonly used:

  • Filtering waste from demolition projects
  • Recycling
  • Landscaping
  • Backfilling trenches
  • Composting

Many different materials can be filtered through a screening bucket, but soil and small rubble is most commonly used in the bucket. Some sticky materials may clog the screening windows in the bucket, but cleaning is fairly easy if you do encounter clay or wet mud during your project.

Choosing The Best Screening Bucket

As you know, there are many different shapes and sizes to screening buckets, and each one tends to have a suitable use that will differ from each other. Since most screening buckets are used to help quickly and easily sort and recycle materials from a demolition or construction job, you want to focus on the type of bucket that will best fit the machines you already have and can accomodate the materials you’ll be screening.

Keeping your budget in mind is also important. You want to find a screening bucket that is affordable, durable, and big enough to handle the job you’re hoping to do, as well as many others down the road. It’s always best to get just a bit bigger of a bucket size than you believe you may need, just to ensure you don’t overcomplicate the job once it’s time to begin the sorting.

Take an inventory of the applications you’ll need a screening bucket for. What materials will be used the most in your attachment piece? How fast are you hoping to sort the materials? Will you be using the screening bucket several times and need an extra-strong durability model?

Answering these questions will help clarify your needs and make the best screening bucket choice obvious.